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third and seventeen, from his own twenty

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 14, 2006

Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., who blew the V Monologues call last year to the dismay of Catholics, is cautiously distancing himself from a new dramatic venture in the same genre.

"Loyal Daughters," a student-written theatrical performance dealing with issues of sexuality and sexual assault on campus, will be performed nightly through Thursday at the University of Notre Dame. But the play will go on without the backing of the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president.

Jenkins supports the central theme of the play -- education and awareness to prevent sexual violence and assault -- but has withdrawn his complete support because the play at times takes a "neutral stance" toward consensual sex outside of marriage, Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said Monday. Such a stance is clearly in opposition to the Catholic Church and Jenkins' views on matters of sexual morality, Brown said.

I don't understand how this play's "neutral stance" toward Catholic morality makes it more problematic than the V Monologues, whose stance was anything but neutral, but it looks as if Jenkins has left escape hatches ajar on both sides of the controversy to come. It'll be interesting to see which, if either, he chooses to dive through.

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  • Posted by: Pete133 - Nov. 14, 2006 6:53 PM ET USA

    "Baby-boomers"??? How about us Senior Citizens who have seen our Church torn from one end to the other? Yes, once again our "fearless leaders of reknowned 'Catholic' educational bastions" are not to be outdone by orthodoxy. I can't help wondering how many of them even know that word is also the title of one of G. K. Chesterton's great books? Perhaps we should buy a few copies and send them to those "educational giants". Maybe they're waiting for the DVD version.

  • Posted by: johannd - Nov. 14, 2006 5:59 PM ET USA

    I wish to give credit to all the baby-boomers that have suffered so much to remain faithful to the Church in such tumultuous times as they have lived. They shine like the diamonds amidst a wicked and depraved generation...your sacrifice has not been in vain. Those of us from younger generations who have suffered the consequences of the sexual "de-volution" admire and cherish your courage. Please continue to carry that Cross...again, your sacrifice has not been in vain.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Nov. 14, 2006 3:03 PM ET USA

    Another profile in Catholic courage.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2006 12:35 PM ET USA

    Stay tuned friends. I believe there is more to this story than meets the eye and Uncle Di will uncover it for us.

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