FORT WAYNE, IN - Bishop John D'Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend has publicly corrected Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame.
Exercising his role as priest, shepherd, and minister, and standing in the place of the apostles (Vatican II, LG ¶20), Bishop D'Arcy cited canon law, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the USCCB's letter Catholics in Political Life (2004), and Fr. Jenkins' own statement in his judicious reprimand. In particular, Bishop D'Arcy stresses that the authoritative teacher and legislator of the USCCB's letter should be himself:
The failure to consult the local bishop who, whatever his unworthiness, is the teacher and lawgiver in the diocese, is a serious mistake. Proper consultation could have prevented an action, which has caused painful division between Notre Dame and many bishops - and a large number of the faithful.
In addition, Bishop D'Arcy cited the nationwide petitions, letters, emails, phone calls, et al, as evidence that Fr. Jenkins' decision "...has, in fact, scandalized many Catholics and other people of goodwill."
Please pray that Bishop D'Arcy, Archbishop Schwietz, and all of our U.S. bishops may judiciously and courageously exercise their holy mandate as successors of the apostles.