Let us imagine that it turned out that someone has given money to, say, the Ku Klux Klan. Or the Illinois’ Nazis. Or the British Heart Foundation.
It is difficult to believe that anyone can give money to these (real or imaginary) organisations by mistake. It is not that they have a vast range of operations, of which some of them might find our approval and some others our disapproval. The Ku Klux Klan is not there also to save the forests; the Illinois’ Nazis are not there also to help people with Alzheimer’s disease; the British Heart Foundation is not there also for people with rheumatism.
I hope that up to here everything is very logical. You just can’t give money to a mono thematic organisation by chance.
Strangely, Father Jenkins, the President of the University of Notre Dame (in theory, a Catholic university), doesn’t seem to think along these rather comprehensible lines.
To him, you can give money to an organisation exclusively devoted to the killing of babies (and no, no link; and no name, either) and still not knowing what you are doing, and therefore being worthy of remaining among the trustees of your university.
“Wait a minute, Mundabor”, I hear you say. “This person might have been misled; she might simply have confused the organisation with another one with a very similar name; she might just be a tad naive”.
Nice try, but it won’t work. The lady hasn’t donated three dollars to the friendly woman approaching her on the street with a beautiful smile and a donations basket; she has given in total almost thirty thousand dollar to such causes; the clearly, exclusively devoted to the pro-choice “cause” organisations were not even one, but two (no names again); and she is a successful businesswoman certainly paying attention to everything she does, and must know that this kind of donations bring to her contacts, and sympathies from potential clients of a certain kind.
No, such a behaviour is just indefensible.
It is therefore high time to ask why on earth a person either so clearly disingenuous, or so evidently thick-headed like Fr Jenkins should remain at the top of Notre Dame. The more so if one considers that said Father Jenkins is not a shining example of Catholic orthodoxy.
Please read what letter he has received from Bishop Bruskewitz:
Reverend and dear Father Jenkins,
Permit me to add my name as well to the long list of Bishops of the Catholic Church who are utterly appalled at your dedication to immorality and wrong-doing represented by your support for the obscenity called “The Vagina Monologues” and your absolute indifference to the murderous abortion program and beliefs of this President of the United States. The fact that you have some sort of past connection with the State of Nebraska makes it all the more painful that the Catholic people here have to see your betrayal of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
I can assure you of my prayers for your conversion, and for the conversion of your formerly Catholic University. I am
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz
Bishop of Lincoln
Note the words here: “betrayal of the moral teaching of the Catholic Church” and, even more to the point: “for your conversion, and for the conversion of your formerly Catholic University”; words of such harshness that you would hardly expect them to ever be uttered by a bishop to another religious.
There is no prize for guessing which order Fr Jenkins belongs to .
One thing is clear: the man has done stupid things once too often, and he has to go.