A Note on Notre Dame

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Here and elsewhere I have long tried to focus a little light on some of the great things happening there. As someone there e-mailed last night, there are students and faculty “who regularly bear witness to the intrinsic dignity of every human being from conception to natural death,” who want to truly know what that is and how they can serve their fellow man — like, I imagine, many who are reading would like to do and work to do in their daily lives. This South Bend e-mailer writes: 

Just to take a handful of non-exhaustive examples: The Center for Ethics and Culture, The Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life, The President’s Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life, the Office of University Life Initiatives at ND (in the Institute for Church Life), Father Jenkins marching at the March for Life, ND’s Institutional Statement affirming “its commitment to the defense of human life in all its stages,” ND’s pro-life charitable giving policy, The Notre Dame Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics Initiative, our Undergrad Right to Life club (which, I believe, is the largest in the country), our newly formed chapter of University Faculty and Staff for Life (200 members and growing), etc., etc.  I don’t want prospective students or faculty thinking about coming to ND to get the wrong impression.

There is the Edith Stein Project too. And more, I know.

This comes up in regard to my latest syndicated column. A New York Times arts piece was able to take some cover under Notre Dame’s mantle. But if I took an unfair swipe, or added to a skewed view in the meantime, I apologize. There is much good in our fallen world. And even on college campuses. And, yes, at Notre Dame.