Friday, July 1
Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, takes over as Notre Dame president
"Jenkins said the Catholic character should permeate every part of life at Notre Dame, whether it is studying religion, literature or technology.
"At Notre Dame you can have conversations that bring in faith and morality as well as the kind of technical or scientific or intellectual issues in an integrated away," he said. "We are really distinctive in that and it's a tremendous contribution we can make to society and the world."
The approach also can cause controversy, as Malloy discovered when he allowed "The Vagina Monologues" and a Queer Film Festival on campus. The decision, which Malloy never discussed publicly, drew criticism from Bishop John D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese and others. Supporters argued that academic freedom is necessary on a college campus, even a Catholic college campus.
Jenkins said he's prepared for criticism as he puts his stamp on the university."