Young Catholics Not Welcome at the University of Notre Dame -- Video Now Included

By Peter Miller   
April 29, 2014

Here's the original footage of what happened.

Officials at the University of Notre Dame revoke permission for pro-marriage table, tell young Catholics to “cease and desist” promoting natural marriage on campus.

South Bend, Indiana: April 29, 2014 -- Young volunteers with Tradition Family Property Student Action were ordered to “cease and desist” promoting traditional marriage at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, April 25.

“Permission to have a table had been granted through an officially recognized on-campus student group,” said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie.  “But that permission was revoked for some odd reason.  Police officers arrived soon after we started giving out pro-family literature and cut the event short, informing us that we were no longer welcome to talk to students about the importance of preserving the sanctity of marriage between 1 man and 1 woman, which fully agrees with 2,000 years of Catholic teaching,” Ritchie explained.

The TFP handout, 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” is Harmful and Must Be Opposed, was being warmly received by students and faculty members alike. However, several pro-homosexual students ripped up the flier, shouted obscenities, and expressed their desire to deprive the pro-true marriage volunteers of their right to free speech.

“I’m still trying to fully understand why the event was shut down,” said Ritchie.  “I was hoping to find a more supportive environment for the Catholic position on marriage. But instead, Notre Dame police officers told us that we only had proper permission to have a table – but that nobody was allowed to actually man the table, which was the whole point of having a table in the first place. How can a table man itself?  So we were forced to leave.”

"It seems like the more you hear about inclusion and diversity in higher education, the less you hear about the truth, the more the truth is shut out of the conversation" added Ritchie.  "We need to pray for all the Catholic students at Notre Dame who are fighting the good fight for moral values and the defense of natural marriage.  Because the future of our nation depends on the very institution of the family, united by mother and father, and open to the children that God gives them."

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+43 # Guest 2014-04-29 11:38
I cannot in good conscience support Notre Dame University in any way, in light of their heretical behavior. May God have mercy on the souls of the ordained members of Notre Dame's staff; they certainly are acting in concert with Satan.
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-11 # James 2014-04-30 12:21
Quoting Guest:
I cannot in good conscience support Notre Dame University in any way, in light of their heretical behavior. May God have mercy on the souls of the ordained members of Notre Dame's staff; they certainly are acting in concert with Satan.

I agree that this university needs to stand up for marriage between one man and one woman, but remember, the ordained may just be following orders from their relgious superiors under the virtue of obedience. God's just judgement may be on those in higher positions, not necessarily on the ordained staff of the university.
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-35 # Student from ND 2014-04-30 20:36
Notre Dame is a Catholic university that fully supports the union between man and woman as the traditional marriage route. As a student at this university, I'm very aware of this traditional teaching. HOWEVER, there is a homosexual population on this campus. For this population and their supporters(including myself) these pamphlets were highly offensive. They did not only promote their own agenda, but they also attacked the homosexual population. Jesus loves all of his children, and the Congregation of Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame love all of their students in the same light and do not tolerate hate and discrimination towards them. If pamphlets had been passed out that were more respectful and less demeaning towards the homosexual population then these pamphlets would not have caused such a stir. The title of the article is similarly ridiculous. The University of Notre Dame is a phenomenal place for young Catholics. There are countless ways for them to thrive.
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+24 # Questioner 2014-05-01 18:24
If Notre Dame is Catholic, why does it have a population of homosexuals who do not abide by the dictates of the natural and divine laws? For faithful Catholics, opposition to or hindrance of the dissemination of these pamphlets is highly offensive.
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+29 # Tom 2014-05-06 11:48
I don't care about offending homosexual students because they are offending GOD. God-loving people must let the world know that tolerance, when it comes to God, is not acceptable. When you offend God, you offend me. Homosexual [activity] is a sin. Homosexual tendencies not acted upon is not a sin. homosexual marriage makes a mockery out of what God has intended for His creation. To procreate in union with HIM, and populate the world with persons to adore and glorify HIM.
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+22 # Mike Albertone 2014-05-06 12:20
I find it hard to believe that you read the pamphlet and came to the conclusion that it was offensive to homosexuals, especially if you read it all the way to the end. Can you point to something in particular that was offensive?
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+17 # J. Loew 2014-05-06 13:36
Then leave the university if you can not agree with the teachings of the Church. Find a better place where you can practice your desires, without someone telling you it is a sin and against Gods Law.
I have no issue you being heterosexually active. But I certainly do not have to agree with it. It is my free will not to agree with it. And I am free to express this openly and loudly. Why is your group restricting my freedom of expression.
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+5 # Phyhllis Poole 2014-05-06 16:11
God loved those who were homosexual, but He did not condone the immoral action they took, "men laying with men"....
Search and find out how many got that way -through no fault of their own. The modern world is run by the devil starting way back in the 1880's when Pope Leo had his locution. Look that up popeleoXIII
So we all have our crucifixiton to go through on earth Jesus said to the holy women crying for Him on the way to calvary " don't cry for me but for yourselves and your children"...we are some of those children and He meant we were going to have to go through many trials and tribulations too. Do you know of anyone who hasn't had much grief, trials and heartache?? Homosexuals, no matter how they got that way - should face their trials just as Christ did, not the immoral way.
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+8 # mike bourgeois 2014-05-06 17:11
The Didache, a 1st century document from the Apostles, condemns abortion and pederasty (definition: sex between men, especially men and boys.). Additionally, legal in the ancient, pagan Roman Empire, the Christian Roman Emperors criminalized these behaviors and others you and those like you seek so fervently to re-legalize in our day. From the 300s AD, abortion remained criminalized until the former officially atheistic USSR became the first modern-day country to re-legalize abortion when Soviet Premiere Vladimir Lenin legalized the all forms of paganistic/atheistic abortion there in 1920, the supposedly predominantly Christian UK following suit by legalizing paganistic/atheistic abortion there in 1967, the supposedly predominantly Christian U.S. me tooing them by legalizing paganistic/atheistic abortion here in 1973. Why do paganistic/atheistic practices such as these seem so Christian to so many Catholics today. Maybe St. Paul's prophecy of a "Great Apostacy" is upon us.
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+9 # Jay 2014-05-06 17:14
This is the typical ignorant response of the middle of the road, non-committed population of pseudo Christians that profess a belief in a "nice" Jesus. The reality is that this "nice" Jesus never existed, and the homosexual agenda is very aware of this flawed idea in the quasi-Christian belief system of the general population, and continues to brainwash young skulls in the college campuses. Had Jesus been so "nice" as to bless the homosexual lifestyle and many other "Im ok you're ok lifestyles" He would never have been crucified. In fact, He was crucified by those same ones that today promote the gay agenda, abortion, upside down marriage, euthanasia, etc.. its all the same crowd. The more sheep the better is their motto.
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0 # Joni 2014-05-07 08:44
Are you at all concerned that GOD is offended?? "Promote their own agenda"? What? Since when is proclaiming the teachings of Jesus Christ an agenda? Did you not know that Jesus, Himself, offended (and apparently still does) those who disagreed with His teachings. What you have is false compassion.
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+1 # Patrick P 2014-05-07 21:56
Why does it seem when Christians try to say what the Bible & GOD teaches us about morals, its an attack or discrimination and that we are teaching hatred which is the furthest thing from the truth. It is a Christian's duty to teach the all misguided people the word of God. The true hatred lies with the homosexual populations teachings and promotion of their life style. I do feel sorry for them.
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+1 # Catholic,Mom,Atty... 2014-05-08 00:30
To Student from ND, The Lord does love all of His children, but that does not mean He approves of them all. Remember The city of Soddom, or do you need a Bible refresher? If we follow your logic, then we can all do whatever the heck we & moral turpitude, etc. and it will be OK because "Jesus loves us all"... in fact, who needs the Sacrament of Reconciliation? there is nothing to confess, right? - We're all good because you think Jesus is OK with it all...
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+14 # bob 2014-04-30 22:10
The virtue of obedience is not required when one is told to go against their faith. This is true for religious or laity.
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+7 # Michael 2014-05-06 12:23
All people with a good and informed conscience must stand up for their convictions regardless of the consequences!
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+8 # Carolyn 2014-04-30 12:55
Dear Guest,
You "Hit the nail on the head"!
True Catholics who have not strayed away from 2,000 years of church teachings and traditions. I would have to agree with you 100%.
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+8 # C. R. 2014-05-06 11:21
I agree. Today's Catholic universities have lost their way and contact with their beginnings. They are no longer "Catholic" but secular hate-America rat holes having lost their moral/ethics compass. I suggest that young adults go to Hillsdale with moral compass and quality education. Why support the sports of these universities instead of the academics, and why hire "liberal hating America" teachers. Shame on the lot of them. Glad I graduated from a college that still maintains the Catholic values we want and need.
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0 # Bob 2014-05-08 22:31
Then don't. Notre Dame does not need your approval.
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+32 # Guest 2014-04-29 11:39
Dear Notre Dame President,

Why did you allow something that caused a bad example at your school? Please open your hearts' door to God and thank to Him for having created traditional marriage for one man and one woman. Please rethink and convert to God and and respect 1 man and 1 woman marriage, please.

Thank you

Sr. Ann Tran
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+34 # Guest 2014-04-29 11:39
what a sad, sad day when a once, totally Catholic school, changes its belief for the purpose of donated money. God have mercy on all of us!
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+24 # Guest 2014-04-29 11:41
Dear President of Notre Dam University,

Please be fair to young students who support traditional marriage, 1 man and 1 woman, please.

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0 # Jeanne Jollivet 2014-05-07 11:11
I would like to know the definition of tolerance. Is it tolerance to disrespect those who believe in traditional marriage?
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+30 # Elida Munoz 2014-04-29 11:54
I don't understand if this is a Catholic University, why are the banning something that is taught in the Bible. That a marriage is a Sacrament between a man and a woman.
Are they going against their own teachings to be "politically correct", what kind of hypocrisy is that.
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+8 # Carol 2014-04-29 11:59
TFP I believe you are the "army" that every college campus needs, starting with all Catholic Colleges! That young man with the sign & the stopping of a traditional marriage at the University of Notre Dame just shows how far the teachings of the Catholic Church are not being understood by the students, the administration or the parents that have not taught their children. Money & prestige need to take a back seat and let the Catholic Church teach its children so they can grow in their faith. TFP, keep on keeping on! God Bless.
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-23 # Student from ND 2014-04-30 20:40
This ridiculous! When homosexual students are present and attending the university, demeaning literature should not be passed out. These students deserve the same form of respect that heterosexual students have. The literature was extremely offensive to the university's homosexual population. The university supports and loves all of its students including the homosexuals. The university attempts to make these students feel welcome through university sanctioned organizations such as PRISM ND. There are also religious retreats for the homosexuals interested in learning more about their faith. Therefore literature of such offensive nature should not and cannot be tolerated.
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+16 # Josh 2014-05-03 13:50

This is their pamphlet, tell me what part is hateful about it.
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+6 # Michael 2014-05-06 12:31
Dear ND student, I'm afraid you have very little knowledge of the Constitution of the US, especially the 1st amendment!
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+7 # Cook 2014-05-06 16:27
This is a Catholic ( or was ) university and should abide by the teachings of The Church. If anyone is "offended" by the Word of God then they don't really belong here. The university should defend the faith no matter what! I can't believe that some people are not concerned about OFFENDING GOD!
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+4 # Jay 2014-05-06 17:22
The fact is that homosexual behavior is sodomy. Ultimately the gay agenda has as its goal to legitimize sodomy and sodomists. Sodomists will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven unless they are taught otherwise, i.e. that their life is going dangerously far from the straight and narrow way to Heaven. To condone, accept, promote, or even ignore this is the real hatred towards a homosexual person. It is a psychological disorder and as such it is a form of mental illness that should be treated with kindness, but nevertheless addressed and treated. The passage in the Bible about Jesus curing the wild man that lived in caves and ran around naked comes to mind. Jesus rebuked that evil spirit and the man was restored.
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0 # RUTH 2014-05-07 18:01
NO THEY DO NOT deserve to have their deviance accepted. Gays have all the rights that anyone else does, so that is that... stop trying to trash what you obviously do not care to understand. We so not want to be like you and so not have to! YOU chose your way, we choose ours...enough said! Once and for all homosexuality is an abomination to God and to all healthy decent life!
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+1 # Vicky King 2014-05-08 11:33
The only way to defeat homofascism is to speak the truth about homosexuality in the public squares. Stand up whereever this abomination rears it's ugly head.
Eph.5:11 Those who do nothing about sin and evil, help the sin and evil to prevail.
One who is silent when there are those around him in sin becomes a partaker with them Eph. 5:7
They want us to lie down and grovel at the throne of perversion and vulgarity, but we must not be moved. "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." --British author George Orwell (1903-1950) "The malice of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous" --British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
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+1 # Vicky King 2014-05-08 11:50
Eph.5:11 "Those who do nothing about sin and evil, help the sin and evil to prevail.
"One who is silent when there are those around him in sin becomes a partaker with them." Eph. 5:7
"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." --British author George Orwell (1903-1950)
"The malice of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous" --British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." --Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1779
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-2 # noel kasper 2014-04-29 12:05
I hope they lose every football game and every other game that the "university" supports.
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+21 # Beverly Geary 2014-04-29 12:07
What a disgrace! These students not allowed to man a booth defending Christian teaching at a Catholic Universary!
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+15 # noel kasper 2014-04-29 12:07
No catholic parent should pay the tuition of a kid who wants to go to Notre Dame
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+21 # Mona Ortega 2014-04-29 12:09
How dare you call your school Catholic when you're ignorant students don't know the teaching of the Church. I only pray that maybe you should not be allowed to call your school Catholic.
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-5 # Guest 2014-04-30 12:17
"when you're ignorant students..." Please, take a class on grammar before calling others ignorant.
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-5 # John 2014-04-30 13:21
Your* … Might want to check your grammar before you call other people ignorant :)
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+31 # Brian Burby 2014-04-29 12:15
Congratulations to the Orestes Brown Student Group at Notre Dame for their courage in inviting TFP to campus recently and sharing their views on the sanctity of marriage consistent with Catholic teaching.
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+21 # Kevin Rilott 2014-04-29 12:20
The students of TFP are a great blessing to the Church and to the world.

We have to remember N.D. discarded the Catholic faith years ago. The students of TFP went into the jaws of culture of death and proclaimed the good news from Christ.
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+25 # Theresa 2014-04-29 12:39
This sickens my heart to see what happened at Notre Dame. I am so proud of you young people. Marriage is a sanctified union between a man and woman for procreation. God is on your side and that is all that matters today. As an elder I remember being told that Satan will (1) destroy the family; and (2) lead people to no longer believe that satan does exist. Many are being fooled but stay strong to the end and your reward will be in Heaven. God Bless each and everyone of you young people. The road to Heaven is narrow and only few will travel it. Perhaps that is why we in SD had 7 months of winter this year. Watch for the signs as we are. It is sad to see that satan got his followers in high places. I never thought I would live to see the day and it is unfolding right before my eyes. Again, may the Angels protect you and the Blessed Mother hold you in Her arms. Thank you for standing up for Jesus.
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+32 # Lillian McGowan 2014-04-29 12:57
What is a Catholic school for if not to promote Catholic teachings along with academics???? It really upsets me that so many so-called Catholic colleges are turning away from Catholic teachings and have become ultra liberal. If they refuse to uphold Catholic views, then they should no longer be considered Catholic colleges.
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+11 # Lilian 2014-05-06 11:52
Amen! I completely agree. Catholic Universities should not be ashamed of Catholic teaching. It all boils down to prestige and money, the root of which is pride, and that's what goes before the fall - which I believe we are now witnessing. These young men are merely quoting Jesus(a man... and...a woman) and there shouldn't be any offense if ND professes to believe in Jesus. ND should not advertise itself as Catholic if it doesn't support the faith of the name it bears!
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+18 # Rose Grossius 2014-04-29 13:03
There is no such thing as gay marriage. It is an oxymoron to use both words together.
READ your bible please. It is the map for your life. It tells you in many areas of the Bible what marriage is about and who is involved.
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+14 # Mary 2014-04-29 13:14
I'm very disappointed in Notre Dame for doing this. They should be embracing these young people who are embracing the traditional definition of marriage: One man, One woman! Nothing else. Civil unions should take care if all legal issues with property rights, etc. May the Catholic Church remember it's own teachings!
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+13 # Earl Key 2014-04-29 13:27
Notre Dame is a Christian college that teaches Christian moral standards. They have every right and reason to promote Christian marriage, one man-one woman. Banning that right is totally wrong.
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0 # Bert W Feineigle 2014-04-29 13:28
We must always pray and stand up for the truth, with due respect for all, the way Christ did and taught us too do. First amendments right must be respected.
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+17 # Karen Shields 2014-04-29 13:35
Marriage is defined as a union between man and women, Defining it between same sex is going against the teaching of the Catholic Church. Why would a Catholic University do this?
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+12 # JOSEPH ANGILERI 2014-04-29 13:38
What a disgrace.
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+24 # Michael OSullivan 2014-04-29 13:47
Please explain why the gay lobby is allowed to present their agenda at a Catholic university and yet a group presenting traditional and current Catholic teaching is censored and silenced. This is not the first time that N.D. has been at odds with free speech and Catholicism!!
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-8 # Dave 2014-04-29 13:50
Traditional marriage laws provide equality for all people. All men & women have the right marry under those laws.
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+13 # poptoy1949 2014-04-29 14:11
It completely baffles me that this would happen at the the Flagship of all Catholic Colleges in the entire nation. What has happened to the Administration of this once Great Catholic University ? GOD help us.
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+9 # patricia 2014-04-29 14:50
Your man-made laws mean nothing to us, we only notice
God's law for marriage; In this respect you are hitting
yourself against a brick wall.
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-4 # Al Sardello 2014-04-29 15:36
It's interesting and sad to see the consistent use of leftist ILL-logic by young people and less interesting and sadder to see its application on a supposedly Catholic campus. Memo to student holding his ILL-logical leftist sign: God supports those rights that are in accordance with His laws. This does NOT mean, despite your lefty lessons, that intolerance (except in your case) is the rule of the day. YOUR MISSION, should you chose to accept it, is to counsel those in error as regards the type of behavior they support and the type of behavior that should be supported in accordance with God's commandments.
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+20 # Bernie Infield 2014-04-29 15:55
I am very disappointed to hear what happened at a Catholic
university. What kind of leaders are there that would let this
happen?????? God said marriage is between a MAN and WOMAN.
This is what should be taught in a Catholic University. If people don't agree, go somewhere else and start your own weird school. God help everybody.
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+11 # Mary Carmen 2014-04-29 18:10
I agree. This has been taught by the Catholic Church ever since day one. It's in the Bible!! Why would a CATHOLIC University out of all of them, shut down the teaching for true marriage? I find this sad.
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+11 # P. 2014-04-29 15:57
Having heard from Notre Dame graduates, who were still upset by the draping of religious items during President Obama's speech, this newest assault on Marriage is reminiscent of the assaults when protesting against homosexual plays and activities, and against abortion. Those graduates will no longer support Notre Dame. Not knowing the percent of college homosexuals, each of us is called to respect and honor God's Law. Each is called to understand and accept the Word of God in His Book. No man's law is greater than God. Free will is a free gift from God never to be interfered with, but influenced by Good or Evil. Evil is any and all things that are contrary to God. God is not an imaginary entity, and cannot be fashioned into what we want Him to be. Whether one believes or does not, we all die. Life on Earth is a droplet, compared to ETERNITY-forever. Judgment Day is for Each of Us, Alone with no defense, to hear our final location: Heaven if we follow God. Hell if we do it our way.
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+6 # mitch 2014-05-06 14:44
Notre Dame should no longer be considered a Catholic University, it's time
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+6 # Elizaberh Testa 2014-04-29 15:58
The devil would like to think he is equal to GOD but he is not. Even the law of nature is against same sex "marriage." You can't connect both ends of an extension cord together and get electricity.
Even if the law is changed, it doesn't make same sex "marriage" the same as husband and wife marriage. What they are looking for is the same rights and privileges under the law that husbands and wives enjoy. Isn't there some smart lawyer out there that can do that without trying to change the laws of God and nature.
I have freedom of religion. I believe in God and His laws. Don't try to change me.
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-16 # Matt Rundle 2014-04-30 08:06
"Even if the law is changed, it doesn't make same sex "marriage" the same as husband and wife marriage."

You're right. Thanks for recognizing that Church and State are entirely separate.

Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's. You can keep your bigoted doctrine, fine, but don't impose it on civilized society.
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+4 # JMody 2014-05-01 15:09
Quoting Matt Rundle:
"Even if the law is changed, it doesn't make same sex "marriage" the same as husband and wife marriage."

You're right. Thanks for recognizing that Church and State are entirely separate.

Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights ... and to protect these rights governments are instituted? Framers didn't see it quite the way you say.
...You can keep your bigoted doctrine, fine, but don't impose it on civilized society.
No society in history has regarded SSM as equivalent to marriage. It's natural law, and God's doctrine. Calling people names when you disagree with them is about as close as any of this comes to "bigotry".
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+7 # Maureen Murphy 2014-04-29 18:53
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+1 # William Synnott 2014-04-29 18:56
The reasons for their behavior is simple. It is to retain their federal funding. It also helps them maintain a reputation as a liberal institution.
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+8 # Adrian Selwyn 2014-04-29 19:34
Completely crazy !
Only lots of prayer & penance & appealing to our Lord & God can bring about a return to sanity & normality.
Sydney ... Australia
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0 # Wally 2014-04-29 21:28
Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but let's think about this with our reasonable minds rather than with our angry hearts for a moment. I doubt ND would allow ANY group to just wander onto campus with banners and start handing out materials. It's private property, and they have a right to control how demonstrations are held and to manage the tenor of how public conversations are carried on on their campus. I have seen the TFPs in action at the March for Life, and while I sympathize with some of their ideals, I can definitely see why ND wouldn't let them set up camp and distribute materials they they didn't approve being there and didn't screen. Bishops have the right to say who gets to speak on behalf of the Church in their respective territories, and ND's admin gets to do the same on their campus so long as the local bishop allows them to be there.

Editor's note: The table was approved by ND authorities in advance. The Student Activities Office signed off on it. The police on campus were informed. And the building manager of DeBartolo Hall gave it the OK. So your point falls flat.
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-4 # Wally 2014-04-30 12:23
I would want to see the emails. Who was approved? The Orestes-Brownson Council or TFP? If the OBC reserved the table but let non-student TFPs man it, then OBC violated the spirit of the agreement. Or to put it more concisely? Are those nicely-dressed folks in the photos ND/SMC/HCC students, or trucked-in protesters?
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-29 # Matt Casamento 2014-04-29 22:33
Your organization is absolutely terrible and deserves to be shut down. You essentially said these people didn't deserve rights. You yourself are sinners and terrible people who are going to hell. You are creepy who are doing terrible work. How can you say you are doing the Lord's work when you are saying these people are less then us? The Lord created us all equally right? Get education you dumb (expletive).
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-19 # Matt Casamento 2014-04-29 22:35
Why is every comment supporting your cause? What about other peoples views huh?
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+1 # RUTH 2014-05-07 18:13
Because the very vast majority DO NOT AGREE with you and there is no one of another mind set!!!
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-12 # A Notre Dame Student 2014-04-29 23:50
ND reserves the right to restrict whatever speech it deems appropriate as a private institution. The University most likely, accurately, felt that this speech was harming the campus environment. And while the title of this article is that "Young Catholics are not Welcome at Notre Dame," it seems to me that it ought to be "Notre Dame Defends the Rights of All to Feel Welcome on its Campus." Most demonstrations of the (especially ones that are not made up of students) would be treated the same way regardless of the message they are trying to deliver. I am proud that this great University can see beyond its Catholic identity and viewpoints at times and can recognize the beauty in protecting the feelings and humanity of our brothers and sisters regardless of how we feel about their lifestyles. This truly is what Christ would have wanted. Think of the story of Mary Magdalene. Just because we do not approve of someone's actions does not mean we should condemn them or harm them.
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+20 # Bill Gaughan 2014-04-30 11:02
What? "harming the campus environment" A table affirming Catholic teaching on marriage "harms" a campus environment?

What about all the tolerance and open mindedness that's supposed to be on a college campus?

I'm stunned to think that a Catholic campus would throw out a group who defends Christ's clear teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman Matt:19-5, in order to protect the feelings of those living a life style that the Catholic Church believes will result in their eternal damnation. That is hateful towards gay people to not let them know the danger they are in.
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+11 # Kevin Rilott 2014-04-30 11:41
PURE STUPIDITY, "Notre Dame Defends the Rights of All to Feel Welcome on its Campus."

ND just booted traditional Catholics OFF campus and you say they welcome blind are you.
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+14 # Magdalene 2014-04-30 13:05
What faithful Catholics would like to see is for Notre Dame TO SEE ITS CATHOLIC IDENTITY!!! And not pander to the world and the currently promoted intrinsic evil or heresy.
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+9 # trg 2014-04-30 16:03
Read the Bible. Jesus told Mary Magdalene to go and SIN NO More. So sick of pc Catholics.
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-4 # AP 2014-05-01 06:19
[quote name=" I am proud that this great University can see beyond its Catholic identity and viewpoints at times and can recognize the beauty in protecting the feelings and humanity of our brothers and sisters regardless of how we feel about their lifestyles.

You have GOT to be kidding. There is no seeing beyond Catholic identity if you call yourself a Catholic institution. It is God first and always, then everything else. Plus our feelings, mine or yours DO NOT MATTER. God's will matters. That's it. If you don't believe me that your feelings can be hurt, read the bible. Matt25:1-13. parable of the 10 Virgins.
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-1 # mitch 2014-05-06 14:53
I believe the quote was " Go and sin no more"
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-1 # RUTH 2014-05-07 18:16
But it does not mean that gays, something that is totally against faith in God and the Bible should be allowed to dictate against what is truth, especially at a religious University!! Stand at ALL COSTS for God always!! Do not back pedal...speak kindly, yes, but firmly against what is not of God!
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+15 # Mike Galvin 2014-04-30 00:44
As a graduate from Notre Dame in 1980, it was very evident to me that I was attending a Catholic University under the excellent guidance of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.
With the allowance of President Obama to drape all religious items as he spoke from Notre Dame, to this current intolerance of an expression of traditional marriage, it is clear that the term Catholic University is no longer applicable. I am deeply ashamed of my alma mater!
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+1 # Jeremiah 2014-04-30 01:55
Please wake up everyone! There is nothing Catholic about Catholic schools and Universities. Hasn't been for a LONG time. Some 'good' Catholics go there, yes. But the majority of families are secular, and thus the majority of students who choose to study at these institutions do so for the purpose of academics and convenience (i.e. - this Uni has a good rep for law, medicine etc. Or, that is the closest university which has the course I wish to take). Very few students are interested in the theological components, and even then, they are largely run by liberalists with an agenda to renew the Church with watered-down teachings. Steubenville may be your only option avail if you truly want a Catholic University. Even then, this institution will not be immune to the punishing laws which Satan and his active disciples have planned. Take a deep breath and hold on tight… it's going to be a mighty and tumultuous wave that is going to carry us through to the time of Christ's return!
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-1 # RUTH 2014-05-07 18:20
You are SO right Jeremiah!!
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+2 # Treasa van Ommen K. 2014-04-30 07:58
Ritchie, can you send this report to Pope Francis please? How much of this anti-Catholic action at so called Catholic Universities and colleges has the Pope been made aware of? He seems to listen to all sorts of people and even been reported to have phoned some... why do I feel we are being abandoned by the Church establishment?
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-10 # Matt Rundle 2014-04-30 08:03
Laughing out loud right now at you calling the Observer article 'biased.' It presents the facts, and then viewpoints from a range of people that had thoughts about the protest.

Your article, however, is filled with dialogue that shows you guys showing up ND students. I find it very hard to believe that many of those exchanges happened the way that you presented them, and even if I am wrong, it is terrible journalistic style to cherry pick dialogue out of discussion. Another pitfall of this article is that you spend a lot of time discussing shock and indignation at the reasons you were kicked off campus. Do you really think that there were no valid concerns that went into the decision from ND authorities?

Your article reads like a grade schooler throwing a fit to his other friends when he gets in trouble at school, who says any number of outrageous things because he knows that they'll agree with him.
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-3 # Harriet Turner 2014-04-30 10:25
Matt Rundle; Perhaps it was written with a "Transparent Heart"... by those of deep Faith & Caring for God's Word & Truth. There should no valid concern about allowing an opposing view that is True to God's Word on a "Catholic" campus. If there are those who would make this unsafe to do, then they are the ones to be banned!
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+7 # Kim Dinh 2014-04-30 09:13
Catholic must obeys the God's law with any price.
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+6 # Greg 2014-04-30 11:46
Notre Dame has lost its soul...and its mind. God help the Administration and the students who attend there.
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+6 # Wally 2014-04-30 12:10
Seriously, people, the folk legends about the terrible blasphemies supposedly committed at ND are getting out of hand. WHEN were the religious images covered at ND?? They weren't. That was at Boston College.

ND doesn't allow non-affiliated groups to demonstrate on campus. It's private property. I thought you guys were all for private property?? Now excuse me as I go to attend one of the more than 30 daily Masses on campus today (Wednesday), 11 hours of confession weekly, or 40+ hours of adoration/week. Such a pagan campus...
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+3 # Al 2014-04-30 12:37
Wake up Notre Dame! The mere thought of what you have done is troublesome; the reality of it is infuriating, disgusting, and a total abomination of what Catholicism is all about. May Almighty God help you, NOW!
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+8 # Deb 2014-04-30 13:11
As an employee of the University and spouse of an Alumni (class of '75) I can assure you that the mindset of the school is very much governed by MONEY! This is the fruit of the "Land of Lakes" decision. Orthodoxy is suppressed in the name of political correctness and many of the faculty are just "check-the-box" Catholics. The alumni traditionalists are graying and dying off and so the University panders to the liberal/revisionist wing of the Church. These people want to destroy the Catholic Church, as we know it, and are doing so from within! They are working to refashion it and create a church that no longer calls a sin sin! It's nothing new....all part of the Original Sin of Adam and Eve....wanting to be their own god instead of following God's laws.
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+7 # Deb 2014-04-30 13:24
As my husband has said for a long time now, "Our Lady's University is in the hands of the infidels!"

As an alumni of UND, class of '75, my husband has refused to donate to the University for over 15 years now. We will continue to boycott donating until they return to orthodoxy and take the oath of fidelity that Pope St. JPII mandated for all Catholic Colleges and Universities.
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+4 # Barbara 2014-04-30 13:39
To Matt Rudle - perhaps you didn't read the article thoroughly, which is odd in a boy of such obvious intellectual gifts. TFP was given permission by a series of campus authorities only to be accosted by police when they appeared in public. I bet you'd take umbrage if that happened to you or do you even feel that strongly about anything? Except, of course, Catholics preaching Catholicism. And to A Notre Dame Student, a Catholic university's raison d'être is to preach the Truth, not to be "welcoming", if, as I suspect, "welcoming" to you means moral relativism and "I'm ok, you're ok". There's plenty of that offered everywhere else so either ND drops the Catholic label or sticks to its founding charism. The Administration should have the honesty and the fortitude to get off the fence. Right now they deceptive phonies who want to snow alumni into filling their coffers.
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+5 # Ed M. of Ct. 2014-04-30 13:47
Local Bishops need the authority from the Vatican to do what the late Bishop Sheen did years ago. He, as a bishop, threatened to toss an entire religious order out unless they fired a deviant-apostate teacher in a local high school in Bishop Sheen's diocese. Follow the faith on everything or remove the college of its alleged Catholic status?? as clergy and alumni are attempting to do with Georgetown. The founders of Marquette, Georgetown, Fairfield and Fordham Univ. etc. must be spinning in their graves or in heaven at what schools founded by their clergy such as ND-Indiana have become. They have obviously, sad to say, turned into secular non-Catholic, apostate and fifth columnist institutions unable to understand let alone promote the faith on contraception, abortion and disordered lifestyles.
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0 # Becks 2014-04-30 16:11
Um... Psychology and demographics. If I make banners and pamphlets and go on a college campus demanding that everyone agree with my stand that the sky is blue, I too, will probably be asked to leave. There will always be a group who believes the sky is gray or white and still another group who would like to discuss what "blue" means.

Notre Dame doesn't spoon-feed dogma. This intelligent population of students is asked to think about controversial issues, weigh facts, and then ultimately come to an individual conclusion. These conclusions may not be in line with Catholic teachings right now, but I have faith that time and experience will further develop Catholic values. It's a process. Let it happen. Notre Dame has been successful in forming many strong lifelong Catholics.

Wrong execution. Wrong demographic.
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+1 # Ellie 2014-04-30 17:29
TFP was given authorization to demonstrate on campus because campus authorities were under the misconception that a STUDENT group (Orestes Brownson Council) was going to be demonstrating; outside groups are not allowed to be demonstrating on-campus, which is part of the reason that TFP was asked to leave. It was also violating photography and video policies by filming on-campus and taking pictures and video of people without permission. They were not thrown off because they held ideas contrary to ND's inclusion policy, but because they were breaking other university mandates put in place to keep students safe. All of this hate speech, especially from those who seem to be educated and well-versed Catholics, is astonishing and troubling. Get your facts straight before you accuse and remember that we are supposed to love each other above all else. I fully support my fellow students who counter-protested the TFP; I fully support ND's vision of a 21st century, "welcoming" university.
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+4 # Elkhart Joe 2014-04-30 17:50
Why is this surprising? ND has been Catholic in name only for a long time. Actually since the time of the Land O Lakes conference. All good Catholics should boycott ND. ND is also pro abortion.
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+8 # duncan 2014-05-02 17:57
Elkhart Joe...
Thanks for mentioning the Conference, which very, very few people know about. ND (and several other 'Catholic' schools sold their souls to the Devil at the Land-O-Lakes Conference, embracing and promoting the eugenics movement. Fr. Hesburgh was right in the middle of it all with the Rockefeller Foundation! BTW, how about Fr. Jenkins $700,000+ yearly salary?!!
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+5 # Mannie 2014-04-30 18:24
Notre Dame used to be a Catholic school.
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+6 # Nicole 2014-04-30 19:37
I understand your concerns but, unfortunately, this article is a misrepresentation of what happened here last week. TFP was asked to leave because outside organizations are not allowed to demonstrate on campus. The Orestes Brownson Council received permission to hold their own student-run demonstration. This permission was not transferable to another organization just because the Council allowed it. Ultimately, a demonstration like this had to be cleared with University administration and it was not. It had little to do with the views being expressed, and attempting to undermine ND based on misinformation hurts the argument for traditional marriage more than it helps it.
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-4 # Guest 2014-04-30 22:24
I am a Notre Dame student/present during this event. Background: I am a practicing Roman Catholic. I have attended private, Catholic schools for my entire life. I am a conservative from the political standpoint. That being said, Notre Dame students were attempting to simply go to class to learn. Majority of us have friends who are apart of the LGBT community. I am not in favor of gay marriage, for it prompts question as to what is sacred. However, this table did not belong on campus. It takes enough courage for these LGBT students to be apart of this university, knowing the religious beliefs. This table made them uncomfortable, and for that we did not want it there. Tours were present, of which could contain LBGT prospective students. We wanted to make them feel welcomed. Call me a false Catholic, I don't care. As Pope Francis stated, "stop obsessing over gays." For those who call us sinners for supporting our friends, he who has commit no sin cast the first stone...
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+9 # Roy 2014-05-03 22:20
Isn't the give and take of public dialogue an essential part of a university? Feelings can get hurt, especially when good arguments are made against cherished opinions, but that is part of the process. Are you saying the quest for truth should be banned lest it offend someone? And, more specifically, are you saying the public expression of traditional Catholic teachings on sexuality and marriage should be proscribed on a Catholic campus if it might make some LGBT students "uncomfortable?"
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+4 # Razz 2014-05-06 15:32
Oooh, it made the LGBT bacon and lettuce group uncomfortable... golly gee... I mean, a group that contravenes Catholic Teaching should never, ever feel uncomfortable at a Catholic University when it comes to ideas.... pitypity. However, if another group feels uncomfortable but is not part of the political correctness league, that's perfectly okay ....
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-1 # RUTH 2014-05-07 18:31
Let gays go to their own college your own, so you do not have to mix with us traditional faith based people. OR BETTER YET...FIND FAITH AND CHANGE TO WHAT IS THE TRUTH. YOU CHOOSE TO BE GAY, WE CHOOSE TO BE CHRISTIANS!
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+8 # Notre Dame student 2014-04-30 23:02

This says it all. If you haven't read it, I don't want to hear your argument.
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+8 # JohnE 2014-05-01 09:08
Good job TFP! You are brave young men speaking to a world that covers its ears and gnashes its teeth when the truth is proclaimed.
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+3 # JL 2014-05-02 02:20
ND does not ban pro-marriage events or speakers:

You broke university policy. Deal with it.
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+8 # MH 2014-05-06 11:36
Perhaps we should start opening "gay only" schools, so they won't be offended when we all don't bow down to their ridiculous beliefs. Marriage is one man and one woman. Period!! Free speech means that TFP can put a table out and give out whatever pamphlets they want. I strongly doubt that the pamphlet was as "hateful" as you describe. If we have to respect you, then respect Catholics for what THEY believe in.
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+6 # Robert Bland 2014-05-06 12:00
Shame on Notre Dame for being so small as to first approve the table and message, then disapprove of it once it was setup. I just recently obtained a master's degree at Notre Dame and got to know a lot of wonderful people there. It's hard to imagine the thinking behind not allowing a table and messengers with this pro-Catholic message on campus. Frightful, sad and wrong. True diversity at a Catholic university should once in a while include a message of traditional marriage.
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+9 # Patricia 2014-05-06 12:40
What a disgrace!! Many blessings await those courageous young men!
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+9 # Katherine 2014-05-06 13:33
Don't give up, warriors for Christ and God's definition of marriage!!
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+5 # Razz 2014-05-06 15:18
When you may not defend marriage as the union between one man and one woman at a Catholic University, it's time to strip away the veneer of faith and go secular. Apparently the Catholic Faith at Notre Dame is only a veneer for a progressive Christian agenda where relativism trumps Catholic Teaching. What a disgrace!
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+5 # Tim 2014-05-06 16:25
Sounds like money and political correctness still rule at Notre Dame.

They should be ashamed.
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+3 # Jackie 2014-05-06 16:59
And where is the bishop? What is being done to remove these people from the university. I doubt anything, the bishop, the cardinal remains silent. SAD
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-1 # pascale nader 2014-05-07 01:48
How dare you proclaim to be a CATHOLIC university??!!
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+2 # Nope 2014-05-07 08:26
TFP, you are a bunch of delusional cowards who silence those who disagree with you and call that "winning the argument". I hope God forgives your deceitfulness and bigotry.
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0 # Joseph E. Asbeck 2014-05-07 19:17
Let God do his work through the Holy
Spirit or you will be opposing God.
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+2 # William Baker 2014-05-10 11:02
This video is misleading in is claim that Notre Dame does not allow support of the real definition of marriage; the reason for dismissal was that outside groups are not allowed to protest on campus. I am a Notre Dame student who supports the one man one woman definition of marriage, and there are student groups that support that end, such as Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP). Why the TPF was asked to leave is they came to campus falsely under a student event, registered in place of the student group Orestes Brownson Council. Support the true definition of marriage, but don't misrepresent information to garner support in your fight.

Editor's note on 05-10-14: According to the Sycamore Project, the University of Notre Dame denied SCOP of its student club status, claiming that other clubs already promote its mission. William may not be aware of this update.
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