spokesman confirmed to the Detroit Free Press Monday that the
university was asked about the role it might play in the center’s
future and was analyzing the situation.
Msgr. William Kerr, the center’s director, confirmed Monday through a spokeswoman that talks are taking place.
negotiating with Notre Dame, but he can’t say anything more,” John Paul
II Cultural Center spokeswoman Sandy Peeler told the Free Press.
The John Paul II
Center is a little-visited museum located behind the Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and adjacent to Catholic
University of America. An initiative of Cardinal Adam Maida, it opened
in 2001 and is currently operating in the red.
The center is
currently being underwritten with $40 million from Catholics in metro
Detroit through the archdiocese, which loaned $17 million to the center
to cover operating deficits and has guaranteed a $23-million mortgage
on the center.
University of Notre Dame may step in to save the financially troubled
John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., which has been
suffering under economic strain since its opening in 2001.