NOTRE DAME, IN, October 13, 2009 ( – The University of Notre Dame gave financial assistance to five students to participate in Sunday's national gay rights demonstration, which was organized in part to advocate homosexual “marriage,” a campus newspaper has reported.
The “National Equality March” on Sunday, October 11, in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by Equality Across America, which aims to build a national grassroots network asserting homosexual couples' “right to marry” as well as other demands. The Catholic Church believes that marriage is possible only between a man and a woman.

“Faithful Catholics will ask whether Notre Dame has learned its lesson from the scandalous commencement ceremony last spring,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “What university seeking to reassure families of its Catholic identity would pay for students to attack the family and oppose Catholic teachings on marriage?”
Students from Notre Dame's Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) petitioned the Student Activities Office and were granted funding to travel to and participate in the demonstration.  The Notre Dame students marched two miles across D.C. and then joined homosexual rights activists for a Capitol Hill rally.
The president of the Progressive Students Alliance told The Observer, “The fact that we were University-approved was surprising but it was a wonderful surprise.  The University hasn't always been entirely receptive in the past.”
Read The Observer's article here .

To contact ND and the local Bishop:

To contact University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins:
Office of the President, 400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556  Phone: 574.631.3903  Email: [email protected]

Bishop John D'Arcy, Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, Fort Wayne Chancery phone: (260) 422-4611

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