University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame announced this month that it will offer benefits to all legally married spouses of employees. Notre Dame officials said the university had to follow state employment
laws and said it still supported the traditional Catholic teaching that
marriage is between one man and one woman. In all 22 Jesuit universities now provide benefits to same-sex partners.

Howevery, Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, added that beyond the
legal obligations “we recognize an urgent call to welcome, support and
cherish gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, who have been too often
marginalized and even ostracized, and many of whom bear the scars of
such treatment
.” He doesn’t seem to be screaming something about religious liberty being trampled upon (which is all the rage these days).

Needless to say, that is all very upsetting to the pretentious and pompous prelates who are heavily invested in discrimination. I’ll skip all of the gratuitous (and dishonest) “equal dignity” crap that the bishops like to throw around as they consider us to be “intrinsically disordered.” According to Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend:

Many have asked for my opinion on this decision of the University of Notre Dame. I must admit my uncertainty at this time about the legal implications of Indiana’s law for our Catholic institutions. Notre Dame believes that the law requires the university to extend the legal benefits of marriage to “same-sex married couples” in its employ. I would like to see further study of what the law requires as well as what religious liberty protections Notre Dame and our other Catholics institutions have so as not to be compelled to cooperate in the application of the law redefining marriage. Our Indiana Catholic Conference is studying these issues. 

In other words along with the scare quotes around same-sex married couples, they are trying to figure out how to screw us on benefits or leverage a phone religious liberty claim. The university’s president (a Jesuit priest) has made it clear that the extension of benefits is an issue beyond what the law requires. The bishop isn’t listening. Rhoades continues:

In announcing its decision to extend benefits to “same-sex spouses,” I am glad that Notre Dame affirmed that as a Catholic university, it “endorses a Catholic view of marriage,” though I would say that Catholic teaching on the heterosexual nature of marriage is more than “a view.” The heterosexual nature of marriage is an objective truth known by (right) reason and revelation.

Uh, hello. The University of Notre Dame already provides benefits to many people whose marriages do not conform to Catholic doctrine. These include people of other faiths as well as people who have been divorced. That “objective truth known by (right) reason and revelation” is most certainly not the truth for many of Notre Dame’s faculty and staff. Adding a few gay people to the mix is as inconsequential as hiring a married Jew or someone who is divorced and remarried.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.