HOW PRO-LIFE IS NOTRE DAME?

Father Jenkins declared that Notre Dame “engaged with” President Obama because “we care so much” about abortion and embryonic stem cell research. We will from time to time examine the nature and degree of this professed concern. We recently recounted Father Jenkins’s refusal to suggest the dropping of the trespass charges against the so-called “Notre Dame 88,” as well as the reasons for skepticism about his action in setting up a task force on life issues. Here, we report on Father Jenkins’s membership on the board of an organization that promotes abortion and artificial contraception. We report also on important news that broke as we were about to distribute this bulletin: the appointment of Bishop D’Arcy’s successor.