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Notre Dame issues pro-life ‘institutional statement’

April 14, 2010

Nearly a year after the University of Notre Dame awarded an honorary degree to President Barack Obama, the university has adopted an institutional pro-life statement.

“Consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church on such issues as abortion, research involving human embryos, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other related life issues, the University of Notre Dame recognizes and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death,” the statement reads.

The university also stated that it would

direct its contributions to both persons and organizations so that they are not used to support research or activities that conflict with Catholic teachings. Should a question arise, Notre Dame will require written assurance that it can direct the use of its funds in ways that respect Catholic teachings. The University will monitor compliance. If ensuring appropriate use proves impossible or an organization consistently advocates research or other activities that conflict with fundamental Catholic moral principles, the University will withhold all further contributions.


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  • Posted by: jeffrey5844 - Apr. 15, 2010 8:18 AM ET USA

    So does this mean that didn't have a pro-life statement before this time? Tell me again why Notre Dame thinks their Catholic?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 14, 2010 1:55 PM ET USA

    It's "the death penalty and those other related issues" that Notre Dame give the most weight to.