Student Discussion on “Contraception Mandate”

Posted on March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mary

Coffeehouse to Discuss HHS Mandate & Conscience Formation:

There has been a great deal of discussion about conscience in the Catholic Church over these past few months, especially following the announcement of the Health and Human Services’ “contraceptive mandate.” We hear questions like:

• What does conscience have to do with insurance?
• How does being Catholic make a difference?
• What does this have to do with me as a college student?

On this coming Monday, April 2, from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Geddes Hall Coffeehouse, there will be a coffeehouse discussion on questions like these. The discussion will be led by ND theology professor David Clairmont and is being cosponsored by a coalition of campus organizations (including Campus Ministry, the Center for Social Concerns, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Gender Relations Center, the Institute for Church Life, and the University Life Initiatives office.) We need to hear your voice in this important conversation, so please join us at 7:00 on Monday!


Check out the Facebook page event

ND Expert: “Comprise accommodation” inadequate

Posted on February 10, 2012 in National, Uncategorized by Mary

For Immediate Release – February 10, 2012

ND Expert: Obama administration “comprise accommodation” inadequate

President Obama’s proposed adjustments to the new Health & Human Services rule requiring Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, to provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs continue to violate religious liberty, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.

“Today’s ‘compromise accommodation’ is nothing of the sort,” Snead said.
“The original uproar across the ideological spectrum was in reaction to the administration’s requirement that virtually all religious employers cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization in violation of their strongly held beliefs.

“Today’s rule still requires religious institutions (on pain of ruinous treasury fines) to purchase insurance that covers these same objectionable services. It is irrelevant that the rule requires the insurance company (rather than the religious institution) to explain to employees that the policy purchased for them by their employer includes the 5-day after pill. For institutions that self-insure, the situation is even worse; they will be forced to contact their employees and pay for such services themselves.

“It is no answer to suggest that the religious liberty of such employers is being accommodated because they are not “paying” for the objectionable services. First, it is naïve to imagine that the services are truly cost-free and that these costs will not be passed along to the employers who purchase these plans. More importantly, the simple fact is that under this policy the government is coercing religious institutions to purchase a product that includes services that they regard as gravely immoral.

“We should ask ourselves why President Obama has sustained the narrow exemption for churches, religious orders, and auxiliaries? This is tantamount to the admission that this policy, just like the previous one, runs afoul of religious liberty.”


O. Carter Snead
Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law School

C-SPAN discussion on HHS Mandate

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mary

Last night, the Catholic Information Center (Washington, D.C.) hosted a discussion panel featuring Catholic leaders discussing the recent HHS Mandate. Speakers are:

Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director, USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat
James Capretta, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Kyle Duncan, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

The panel began with brief comments from each speaker, followed by Q&A-style conversation with the audience. The entire conversation is 1:21 in length; however the video is broken into segments for easy viewing.

We hope that you enjoy this tele-cast and gain some very valuable information from the “front line.”


Debate heats up over HHS Mandate

Posted on February 1, 2012 in Catholic Church, National by Mary

In a recent post we brought news to you of the recently announced HHS Mandate concerning conscience protection and healthcare reform. Everyone has something to say about it, where do you stand?


70% of Bishops (to date) have denounced Mandate

NYTimes’ Ross Douthat

ND Students for Life

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president, Albert Mohler

National Catholic Reporter, Sean Michael Winters

Wall Street Journal, op-ed by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan 

National Review

Washington Post

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Charities


The above are but a raw sampling of the myriad of statements, announcements, articles, editorials, and the like that have flooded the reading market in the last week and a half.

Notre Dame at the March for Life

Posted on January 25, 2012 in Faculty for Life, March for Life, Notre Dame by Mary

From the Notre Dame Newswire:

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, was among some 350 Notre Dame students, faculty and staff who traveled to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23 to take part in the March for Life.

“Notre Dame assuredly has one of the largest contingents here from any college or university in the country,” according to Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., professor of history and president of Notre Dame’s chapter of University Faculty for Life. “… we are making clear Notre Dame’s commitment to defend human life at every stage and forcefully stating Notre Dame’s unambiguous position on the great civil rights issue of our time.”


Read student reflections on the March for Life.

U.S. Govt denies conscience

Posted on January 20, 2012 in Catholic Church, National, News by Mary

Secretary Sebelius

See the following links for more news on this breaking story:

Catholic Culture” Reports

US Catholic Bishops Respond

The Associated Press

National Catholic Reporter









Public Discourse: Purpose, Palliative Care, and Respect for Human Life

Posted on January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mary

Today, The Public Discourse features a very thoughtful piece by Adam J. MacLeod concerning the role of medicine as one approaches death. In light of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s recent reaffirmation of its oppostion to physician assisted suicide, MacLeod parses out the appropriate and inappropriate, moral and immoral ways in which physicians might care for their patients who are near death. The article is well-worth the read.

VIDEO: Archbishop Dolan’s Lecture at Notre Dame

Posted on December 9, 2011 in Notre Dame, Uncategorized by Mary

Did you miss the lecture? Don’t worry, we caught on video for you! If the below frame doesn’t let you watch this wonderful lecture you can see it on our YouTube Channel Modern Questions, Ancient Answers? .

Sign Up for the March for Life

Posted on December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized by Bryce

“Every year, on or near January 22, the Notre Dame/St. Mary’s Right to Life Club sends several buses of students to the annual March for Life. The march, which regularly draws over 100,000 people to the nation’s capital, marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that required the complete legalization of abortion. Marchers gather to demand legal protection for the unborn, which has been essentially denied by Roe v. Wade since 1973.”
– Footprints: Newsletter of the Notre Dame Right to Life 1(3). January 2006.

Click here to register!

We’re on the ND Homepage!

Posted on December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized by Mary

Regarding the upcoming visit from Archbishop Dolan, on the occassion of his giving the inaugural lecture of the ND Human Dignity Project, the university has highlighted our work in a news release on the university’s homepage!