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Today the president of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, announced that the Fighting Irish filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana regarding the contraceptive mandate now being imposed by the Obama Administration.
Father Jenkins’ action is significant in more than one way. For one thing, Notre Dame is bigger and more prominent than almost all of the other colleges and universities that have also sued. For another, Father Jenkins’ account of what led Notre Dame to this decision is well worth reading; manifestly it is the result of frustration with the Administration’s failure to come up with any workable accommodation.
It is, of course, also noteworthy in that Father Jenkins used so much of his own political capital to honor President Obama as a commencement speaker and bestow on him an honorary law degree.
I’ve disagreed strongly with Father Jenkins in the past. This, however, is a gutsy move, bound to set him against many in the faculty. It will be as interesting to follow what happens on campus as a result as what happens in the courtroom.