Loading
Bishop denounces Notre Dame decision to allow ‘Monologues’ on campus

.- Bishop John D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese told students and faculty at Notre Dame Law School Friday that he was "deeply saddened" by university president Fr. John Jenkins' April 5 decision that “The Vagina Monologues” would not be prohibited on campus.

"This is Notre Dame," he said, according to the Observer newspaper. "We dare to say it is the school of Our Lady. … This place has a special obligation."

The bishop gave his address on the pastoral role of the bishop. He said the Second Vatican Council had a strong impact on the role of the bishop, shifting it from “CEO and administrator to a pastor and evangelist.”

When asked about his relationship with university administration, Bishop D'Arcy connected his pastoral role to the recent debates on academic freedom raised by the “Monologues” incident.

"It is important to recognize the independence of the university and its academic freedom," he reportedly said. "But I have pastoral freedom. I cannot refrain from preaching the Gospel."

He told audience members Friday that the disagreement on this issue has placed his relationship with the current administration “under stress.” However, he retains his respect for the university.

Though he denounced Fr. Jenkins' decision not to ban the "Monologues," the bishop advised students to read the play and become informed about the surrounding issues.

He said his actions and decisions have been based on the late Pope John Paul II's definition of academic freedom. The Catholic teaching states that members of a university should be treated with academic freedom so long as the rights of the individual members are maintained, the bishop said.

The bishop rejected a student's suggestion that Notre Dame was no longer a Catholic university. "I think among the major universities it is by far the most Catholic," he said. "I have great affection for it, and so does [Pope] Benedict [XVI]."


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: