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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fr. Jenkins Continues Attack on Notre Dame 88

After Mass this morning, I came home and read an appeal letter from Ann Scheidler for the Thomas More Society, the group defending the Notre Dame 88, the dear ones who stood in for the voiceless unborn to protest the university's love fest for Barack Obama at their 2009 commencement. Since those arrests Fr. John Jenkins, ND's president,  has shown a determined resolve to see these people prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. (The charges carry a maximum fine of $5,000 and a year in jail.) His vengeance against peaceful protesters who pushed baby strollers, sang hymns, and prayed the rosary reminds me of the Pharisees in today's gospel (Mark 3:1-6).
Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Come pu here before us." Then he said to the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.
Fr. Jenkins, indeed, is guilty of "hardness of heart." Many have begged him to drop the charges, but he seems absolutely determined to punish these protestors for raining on his parade. He appears to figuratively want to "put them to death" as far as ND is concerned, to make sure they never, ever, ever come back to sully his campus. His actions certainly remind me of the Pharisees' reaction to Jesus curing the man with the withered arm. And I think Jesus' reaction would be the same too.

The stress of fighting this battle may already have contributed to the death of one of the pro-life witnesses to truth. She was fighting cancer and lost her battle. Several others also have serious health problems including Fr. Norman Weslyn an 80-year-old priest arrested while singing Immaculate Mary. What a threat!

Fr. Jenkins claims to be pro-life. If that doesn't make you laugh it should. Jesus said we would know people by their fruits. Fr. Jenkins' are scandal and persecution. I've already talked about the persecution, but the scandals at ND are legion. The filthy play, The Vagina Monologues, is a staple at ND. The gay group is not only welcome on campus, last year the university paid for five students to attend a homosexual march in D.C. lobbying for "gay marriage." And when militant "gays" invaded the Golden Dome where Mary stands looking over the campus, university security stood aside and allowed them to go right on in. Did Fr. Jenkins have them arrested? Not at all. He sent one of his lackeys to accept their petition and THANK THEM FOR BEING THERE. Anti-ROTC protestors were also immune from punishment. Politically correct protestors get the velvet glove from Fr. Jenkins; pro-lifers get the back of his mailed fist. 

Fr. Jenkins' attitude toward the pro-lifers is "viewpoint discrimination." None of those milling around campus with pro-Obama signs on commencement day was arrested, but a friend of mine who attempted to join the sidewalk demonstraters with a pro-life sign was ordered to the "back of the bus" before being arrested for daring to talk about her first-amendment right and question why she was being treated differently. The case against her was dropped later, no doubt because it was so clearly "viewpoint discrimination" which is unconstitutional. But it's the same discrimination that the rest of the protestors experienced as well. The only difference was that they were together when they were arrested.

I am hopeful the ND 88 will be exonerated, but fighting this battle is expensive. I'm sending a check today to the Thomas More Society specifically for the ND 88 case. I hope you will too. The address is:
Thomas More Society
29 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 440
Chicago, IL 60603
And pray for Fr. Jenkins and the other Pharisees at Catholic-in-name-only schools where students are losing their faith in droves. Killing souls is a lot more serious than killing bodies! And there will be a reckoning, Fr. Jenkins. Somehow, I don't think it's the ND 88 who will be in the punishment line.

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