A large portion of Weigel's column is taken up by excerpts from Holy Cross Father Wilson Miscamble's open letter to University of Notre Dame president Holy Cross Father John Jenkins. Yet we still have here another significant voice in the contemporary Church in the United States weighing in on the ongoing discussion about academic freedom at Notre Dame.
Go here to read the column. Go here to read the text of Father Miscamble's open letter.
Excerpt from Weigel's column:
After a campus wide debate, Father Jenkins announced that "the creative contextualization of a play like The Vagina Monologues can bring certain perspectives on important issues into a constructive and fruitful dialogue with the Catholic tradition." Therefore, Father Jenkins decreed, the V-Monologues could continue to be produced on campus.
It was difficult, bordering on impossible, not to read Father Jenkins' decision as a surrender to the most corrosive forces eating away at the vitals of Catholic higher education.