Thursday, May 22, 2014

Notre Dame Rejects Students for Natural Marriage

A new student club, Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), was denied recognition by Notre Dame's Student Activities Office because it was decided that the university simply didn't need any more advocates for one-man-one-woman marriage who argue against homosexual parenting.
“It’s the new political correctness. In certain Catholic circles, anti-Catholicism is the new cool.  Very often, the same students who scream censorship in nearly every other instance are the ones who would silence those who promote Catholic teachings. Those who advocate difficult teachings are shunned or ridiculed.”
-- Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society
For background, read Notre Dame Boots Pro-marriage Advocates, Twice and also read Notre Dame Blesses Homosexual Student Organization as well as Notre Dame Pays Students for Homosexual Activism

-- From "Notre Dame won't recognize 'traditional marriage' student club" posted at 5/20/14

The decision was based on a recommendation by the university’s Club Coordination Council, a division of student government, that found the club’s mission “closely mirrored” that of other undergraduate student clubs at the 12,000-student university.

SCOP, which was founded in January, is comprised of Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students focused on the debate about marriage in Indiana, where the school is based, according to its Facebook profile, which had 69 members as of Tuesday.

The group seeks to unite a network of students across The Hoosier State in favor of “child-oriented policies,” according to its organizers.

Timothy Bradley, another SCOP member, indicated that the group is undergoing an appeal process in hopes of reversing the decision.

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From "Notre Dame University Refuses to Recognize Pro-Traditional Marriage Student Group" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 5/21/14

Dennis Brown, spokesperson for Notre Dame, told The Christian Post that the rejection was based on SCOP duplicating the mission of other recognized student clubs.

Brown added that Notre Dame already had multiple "religiously affiliated clubs that promote Catholic Church teaching in all ways," which would include the Church's stance in favor of marriage being between one man and one woman.

According to its Facebook group, which has, as of Wednesday, over 120 members . . . "SCOP's overarching concern is that [government] policymakers are failing to approach their task with a view to how those policies will affect children. They seem to conceive of policy only as it will affect the stable, independent adult with resources."

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From "Pro-Marriage Club Denied Official Status at Notre Dame" by Brian Fraga, National Catholic Register 5/19/14

The group — known as Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP) — elicited negative letters to the campus newspaper and prompted hundreds of students to sign a petition calling upon the university not to recognize it as an official campus club.

An official in the university’s Student Affairs Office also expressed disapproval of a SCOP petition that called upon Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins and the administration to “make a clear stand” in support of traditional marriage, SCOP members said.

“SCOP is trying to do in public policy about the family exactly what the Church has asked all Catholics to do: namely, to do what it can to make sure that children are raised by their mother and their father and to make this case in the public square on reasonable grounds accessible to anyone who cares to think about the issues,” [Notre Dame law professor, and proposed SCOP faculty adviser, Gerard] Bradley said.

After SCOP was established in January, its first step was to circulate a petition that called upon the university to take a clear public stand in support of the true definition of marriage and to take “serious and sustained action” to improve the public understanding of the natural institution.

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