Bishops Curry, Kicanas Dismiss Sanctions, Stress Virtue of “Dialogue” in Wake of ND Scandal

Two bishops questioned on the U.S. prelates’ response to the Notre Dame scandal have suggested that the correct attitude to pro-abortion politicans at Catholic universities is unclear, and agreed with University president Fr. John Jenkins’ emphasis on the paramount need for “dialogue.” Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry of Los Angeles told John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter during the USCCB’s spring meeting that he suspected the bishops would bring up the unprecedented controversy that stemmed from the University of Notre Dame’s invitation of President Obama to offer the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree May 17. Over 360,000 petitioning individuals and 80 active U.S. bishops opposed the event, which was boycotted by Notre Dame’s own Bishop John D’Arcy.