March 13th, 2008 05:33 EST
Notre Dame President Must Go
Front Royal, VA-- The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today called for the firing of University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., for his approval of the presentation of the play The Vagina Monologues on campus. Father Euteneuer is a Notre Dame alumnus, Class of `84.
Euteneuer said today, "This is really getting tiresome. For forty years Catholic university presidents have been intimidated and afraid of `offending` ideological feminists and others who have undisguised contempt for the Catholic Church. These groups have been welcomed to Catholic campuses and have been spitting in the eye of the Church ever since. They cannot be pleased or placated."
Euteneuer continued, "Father Jenkins has been given several chances to take a truly Catholic position on this heinous piece of ideological propaganda and has consistently voted against the pleas and well- reasoned arguments of students, faculty and alumni alike. He needs to step down from his position or the ND Board of Directors needs to dismiss him. A Catholic priest just does not endorse this screed."
In the March 10 statement, Father Jenkins said: "Notre Dame`s policy on controversial events rests on the conviction that truth will emerge from reasoned consideration of issues in dialogue with faith.... [I]t is, in my judgment, the action that best serves the distinctive mission of Notre Dame."
Father Euteneuer responded, "The distinctive mission of Notre Dame is to communicate the Catholic Faith. There is nothing inherently truth-producing about `dialogue` or controversy, especially on immoral issues.
"Catholics deserve better from a university named for Our Lady."
Founded in 1981, Human Life International is the world`s largest pro-life, pro-family organization that is dedicated to defending life, faith and the family, with branches and affiliates around the world.