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(Live Action) – The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic educational institution, refused their support for a pro-life event — yet hosted a pro-abortion event on the same night. Writing for the Irish Rover, Mary Frances Myler explained that Right to Life Michiana held an event celebrating 50 years of fighting for life at an annual benefit on October 27.

For over a decade, Notre Dame has sponsored the event — until this year.

“This year, a university administrator decided that Right to Life Michiana’s invited speaker transgressed the bounds of acceptable pro-life discourse,” Myler said. “Ben Shapiro needs no introduction, and my purpose in writing is not to defend him. But the university, worried that association with Shapiro would sully her good name, opted not to participate in this year’s pro-life benefit. They did not pass go, they did not give $200 — let alone their usual sum.”

In addition to refusing to sponsor the event, the university also banned any university-affiliated groups from purchasing tickets or donating to the benefit.

“The Student Activities Office (SAO) had already approved Notre Dame Right to Life’s (NDRtL) purchase of tickets for the benefit when NDRtL president Merlot Fogarty received a phone call from an SAO employee who informed her that the club would not be able to attend the event,” Myler wrote.

He did not explain the university’s reasoning. Confused by the unexpected reversal, Fogarty sought clarity from university administrators. On September 8, she and several other NDRtL club members met with Chuck Lamphier, the Executive Director of the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs and the administrator responsible for the university’s decision not to donate to the benefit.

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***MAJOR UPDATE, November 10, 2022*** LifeSiteNews reported the bombshell statement issued by Archbishop Viganò, declaring that members of the “Bergoglian church” are no longer in union with the Church of Christ.

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Bishop Joseph Strickland, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Fr. James Altman, and two dozen more faithful Catholic priests & scholars are publicly calling out Pope Francis for his outrageous, dangerous, and heretical teaching concerning reception of Holy Communion.

Pope Francis stated that "faith" is the only requirement for those who wish to receive Holy Communion in his June 29 Apostolic Letter on the liturgy, Desiderio desideravi. 

This statement is dangerous because:

  • The Council of Trent explicitly anathematized those who make this claim calling it 'heresy'
  • Pope Francis omitted the essential step of repentance for sin to worthily receive the Eucharist.
  • Pope Francis is thereby allowing the faithful to eat and drink condemnation on themselves, should they receive Holy Communion unworthily
  • Pope Francis is supporting moral relativism, eradicating the clear distinction between good and evil
  • Pope Francis is eradicating the need for the Sacrament of Confession
  • Pope Francis is damaging the teaching office of the Church by sowing doubt and division among faithful Catholics

But there is a way to stop Pope Francis' modernist attack and defend the true Catholic teaching on Holy Communion. 

Catholics everywhere must renounce Pope Francis' heresy and uphold the truth: only Baptized Catholics in the state of grace, and therefore free of mortal sin, can receive Holy Communion*.

For those in mortal sin, repentance and absolution must first be sought in the Sacrament of Confession before receiving the Eucharist*.

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*However, if a Catholic is unable to attend Confession but has a grave reason for receiving the Eucharist (such as a priest who may be required to celebrate Mass at a given time but who is unable to go to Confession), such a person must be confident to the best of his ability that he have perfect contrition for any mortal sins that he may have committed before receiving Holy Communion in an exceptional situation.


Full statement by Catholic bishops and scholars correcting Pope Francis' heresy - LifeSiteNews

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Lamphier merely said the event and speaker were “problematic.”

Yet the same night, Myler noted, “[t]he Gender Studies Program and the Institute on Race and Resilience co-sponsored a community teach-in by ‘reproductive care advocates’ at the Civil Rights Heritage Center called ‘Post-Roe America: Making Intersectional Feminist Sense of Abortion Bans.’”

One panelist, Sharon Lau, is the regional advocacy director for abortion chain Whole Woman’s Health, and previously worked for Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation. Another, Maureen Bauer, is an outspoken abortion advocate, and panelist Eli Williams has volunteered at abortion facilities.

The controversial move from the Catholic university comes on the heels of another controversy involving a professor who was found to have offered to help students obtain illegal abortions.

Reprinted with permission from Live Action