Friday, September 4, 2009

Thomas Brejcha publishes letter calling upon Notre Dame's president to drop charges against pro-life protestors

One of the most embarrassing and disillusioning moments of the Notre Dame debacle last Spring was witnessing pro-life Catholics being arrested for defending Church teaching on campus.

As if Fr. Jenkins did not do enough to embarrass the University last Spring, he is now apparently refusing to drop the charges against those who were arrested and are now facing trial.

Apparently Fr. Jenkins is determined to see these defenders of the Faith are treated as criminals until the very end.

Thomas Brejcha, a Notre Dame alumnus and President of Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center, has published the following open letter to Fr. Jenkins:

Dear Father Jenkins:

I’m writing you, as president of Notre Dame, my alma mater, with an urgent plea that you drop the criminal trespass charges that have been pending against the many defendants – most of whom are faithful, fervent pro-life Catholics – who “dared” to venture onto Notre Dame’s campus last Spring, 2009, to bear peaceful, prayerful witness to the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

Among them were at least one priest and several nuns, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, two ladies – Jane Brennan, author of Motherhood Interrupted (2008), and Laura Rohling – who preach about healing and hope after abortion in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, and many other non-violent participants in America’s pro-life movement.

Many were praying the rosary or singing religious hymns. The priest – Fr. Norman Weslin, who regularly prays and counsels abortion-bound women about live-saving alternatives outside the Omaha, Nebraska abortion facility of late-term abortionist, Dr. Leroy Carhart – carried a heavy wooden cross and a rosary.

Others carried signs proclaiming that life is sacred, that abortion kills children, and other pro-life messages. All were arrested, handcuffed, and hauled off to jail where they spent the night and sometimes longer in custody...Continued
I wholeheartedly concur with Mr. Brejcha and will be following up his letter with one of my own. I encourage all those reading this to do the same.

If Father Jenkins continues to barraged with letters and negative publicity, perhaps he (or at least the Fellows and Trustees) will begin to realize that the status quo at Notre Dame cannot continue.

By the way, one of the 88 people arrested was an elderly priest named Norman Weslin. Fr. Weslin's arrest was documented on video (see below). Months later, I still find this difficult to watch:

Two pictures say a thousand words:

(Source of photo: voicescarry blog)

Note: For those of you who are on Facebook, I invite you to join the group, Pro-Life Alumni & Friends of the University of Notre Dame. Join here.


  1. As a faculty member who was granted a petition to protest on-campus, I can understand the outrage at such hypocrisy by Fr. Jenkins and the ND trustees. I will not expect the charges to be dropped, though. It would set a dangerous precedence with which future violators may be able to appeal. Unfortunately, Fr. Jenkins has painted himself into this corner of scandal, from which it would be difficult, if not impossible for him to exit, even if he wanted to, which he does not. First, pray for God's will to be done, not our own. Then, pray and work in effective peaceful ways to help President Obama, Fr. Jenkins and the ND board to have a change in heart like that of Saul.

  2. What a shame that Notre Dame's has lost its way, selling out for prestige. Of course, Fr. Jenkins can drop the charges. Those who entered campus last May were, at the time, arrested and had to post bail. There is not need to drag this case out any longer.

    There's a drop the charges petition just out. Spread the word.

    God bless!