His letter (name withheld):
Notre Dame Annual Fund
1100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Re: Why I am not contributing to the Annual Fund
Dear Sir / Madam:
Until this year, I have been a regular contributor to the university and often have arranged for an employer match of my gift. I rarely apply for football tickets, so my support has been based on gratitude for the education received and support of the university's mission. I will contribute nothing to Notre Dame this year or for the foreseeable future. This is a source of grief to me.
The reasons behind this decision relate to the Obama commencement affair and all that it revealed about the values that drive many at the university. At every step leading up to, through, and beyond the commencement, representatives of the university said and did exactly the wrong thing to witness to Church teaching in our hostile culture.
I understand thethe exchange of ideas and that it has been one of the means of assimilating Catholics into American life. Those goals have tensions and at times reasonable people will disagree about how best to reconcile those tensions. At some point, however, accommodation becomes collaboration.
If the university cannot maintain its Catholic identity in its pursuit of academic prestige, then it betrays its founders, its supporters, and all who remember for whom the school was named.Sincerely,
(name withheld )
If you would like to help in the fight to restore the Catholic identity of the University of Notre Dame, you can:
1. Check out and support the Sycamore Trust. Click here for their website.
2. Check out and support the wonderful on-campus initiative, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life. The website is here.
3. Join the Facebook Group Pro-Life Alumni and Friends of Notre Dame which can be found here.