Death in the Notre Dame Family

I’m sorry to report a death in the Notre Dame family — the demise of the university’s long resistance to the repeated calls by students and faculty for the official endorsement of an organization for homosexual and lesbian students and their supporters. Father Jenkins announced this morning his yielding to the extraordinarily intense drive mounted last year by students and faculty.

Here’s the press release, which provides the link to an elaborate rationale studded with references to justice and charity and friendship and Catholic mission and the like and an outline of an astonishingly extensive program that includes the hiring of a full-time advisor on gay affairs, the approval and description of a gay student organization, and much, much more: