The National Catholic Register recently published an article drawing insights from Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly regarding a student club upholding Catholic teaching on marriage that was recently denied official status by the University of Notre Dame.
Reilly contrasted the denial of the student club, Students for a Child Oriented Policy (SCOP)—created to refocus the national debate on marriage back to children—with Notre Dame’s 2012 decision to recognize PrismND, a “gay-straight alliance” group.
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During the past semester, SCOP organized a conference on marriage and created a petition asking the University’s administration to take a “strong stand in support of the true definition of marriage,” as was reported.
However, Notre Dame’s Club Coordination Council, a branch of the student government, denied the group official status on the grounds that there is “not a need” for SCOP as its stated mission “closely mirrored” the mission of other existing student organizations.
The student groups that were cited as addressing similar concerns, according to the Register, were the Orestes Brownson Council and the Children’s Defense Fund. The Council was created to help students “better understand the Catholic Church’s teachings,” and the Fund was organized to “inform, educate and motivate the Notre Dame community about child-poverty issues.”
“However, SCOP students question whether the fund is still an active club on campus. Its website has not been updated since 2005,” according to the Register.
“If [Student Affairs Office] officials and voting members of the CCC read our application documents, as I assume they did, how they could have identified our distinct and timely mission with that of any active university club is beyond me,” said Tiernan Kane, a Notre Dame student and the prospective president of SCOP, told the Register.
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