In the letter, the editorial staff presses UND's administration to clarify which version of the truth they expect people to believe:
- Should people believe the first version that UND swore to in its 2013 appeal to the Supreme Court, University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, namely, that having any role--directly or indirectly--in the provision by its healthcare insurance contractors of free abortofacients and unnatural contraceptives to students and employees would violate the school's "sincerely held religious beliefs"?
- Or, should people believe the second version that's currently being enacted as UND's administrators have approved the school's healthcare insurance contractors to provide free abortofacients and unnatural contraceptives even though the Trump administration has rescinded the mandate?
"Is Notre Dame no longer committed to the Catholic values that it testified to holding?"
That assessment may be a bit too mild. Morally speaking, more substantive is the potential hypocrisy exposed by this issue. If true, it would evidence something that speaks to its administrators' character: A fundamental lack of courage to uphold the "Gospel of Life."
In short, UND's administrators are motivated by fear.
But, it must be asked? Fear of what?
Which story will Brown end up telling in the New Year 2018?
- That UND doesn't really believe in and won't uphold its Catholic values?
- That its administrators will rectify their fundamental moral failure as Catholic educational leaders who are charged with evangelizing young people?
- Or, nothing...as in deafening silence in hope that the issue will recede into the sunset behind "Touchdown Jesus"?
The choice of response will be daunting. After all, Brown's propaganda currently states that UND:
- Provides a distinctive voice in higher education that is at once rigorously intellectual and unapologetically committed to the moral principles and ethics of the Catholic Church.
- In accordance with the Ex Corde Ecclesiae, UND believes and teaches that "besides the teaching, research and services common to all Universities," UND must "[bring] to its task the inspiration and light of the Christian message."
- "Catholic teaching and discipline are to influence all university activities" and "[a]ny official action or commitment of the University [must] be in accord with its Catholic identity."
- Not only that, but "[i]n a word, being both a University and Catholic, it must be both a community of scholars representing various branches of human knowledge, and an academic institution in which Catholicism is vitally present and operative."
Meanwhile, another group of UND students are agitating for the removal of 12 murals of Christopher Columbus that have present on UND's campus since 1884.
The Motley Monk wonders which group UND's administrators fears most?
Let the discussion begin...
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