The bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, Fabian W. Bruskewitz, weighed in last week on the controversy over the University of Notre Dame inviting the President to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. Why is he writing? Because Fr. Jenkins, CSC, the president of Notre Dame, has "some sort of past connection with the state of Nebraska." Here is the full text of the bishop’s letter (published online, natch, by the Cardinal Newman Society), in which the bishop of Lincoln declares Notre Dame "formerly Catholic."
Jim Keane, SJ
The Reverend John Jenkins, C.S.C
President, University of Notre Dame
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Reverend and dear Father Jenkins,
Permit me to add my name as well to the long list of Bishops of the Catholic Church who are utterly appalled at your dedication to immorality and wrong-doing represented by your support for the obscenity called “The Vagina Monologues” and your absolute indifference to the murderous abortion program and beliefs of this President of the United States. The fact that you have some sort of past connection with the State of Nebraska makes it all the more painful that the Catholic people here have to see your betrayal of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
I can assure you of my prayers for your conversion, and for the conversion of your formerly Catholic University. I am
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz
Bishop of Lincoln