Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Wow. What a bad week for tradition.
We started off the week with news that a gay wedding had been performed in the Chapel at West Point. Out with the Long Gray Line, in with the Short Gay One.
But as troubling and disappointing as that news may have been, the news out of Notre Dame is infinitely more troubling. Whereas West Point, even with its long and proud traditions, is still a secular institution. It can be expected that to some degree it is subject to the same moral malaise and preening putrefaction as the rest of the culture of which it is a part.
The news that the preeminent Catholic University in the land, a school dedicated and named after Our Lady, has recognized a GLBTQ group. A group dedicated to the support and nurturing and gaining acceptance for those who are out and proud with their sin.
This is not a group dedicated to those with same sex attraction seeking to live lives of holiness, this is a group dedicated to the idea that sin defines you and that is ok. All this in direct contravention of Catholic Teaching.
The deceitful Father Jenkins said “I am confident that this multifaceted, pastoral approach represents the next step in advancing our efforts toward this aspiration for our GLBTQ students.”
There is nothing pastoral about accepting sin.
On the basis of this decision, I see the potential for another student group at the University. There is a whole segment of the student population that suffers from opposite-sex attraction and feel compelled to act upon that deep-seated drive even though they are not married. What if these people formed a group to foster acceptance and understanding of fornicators even though this is in direct contradiction of Church teaching? I do not see any logic by which the University should not recognize such a group.
Enough of the silliness. Father Jenkins must be removed and these recent actions reversed or the University must lose its Catholic accreditation. There may be quite a few good Catholics among the faculty and student body, but Father Jenkins and the administration as a whole are not among them. This is just the latest instance of Father Jenkins speaking with forked tongue, pretending he does not endorse something profoundly un-Catholic while at the same time making it clear to everyone that he and the University actually approve. In the vernacular, this is called lying.
Father Jenkins is leading his students to death and damnation with winks and nods. Notre Dame has an un-Catholic liar at its helm and if it is ever to recover its Catholic identity, he must be sent packing.