ND President says Catholic higher ed contributes to fighting racism

(Crux) In the wake of the violent protests at the University of Virginia, Father John Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame, used the opening Mass of the academic year as an occasion to condemn the rising tide of racism in America.

“Racism, anti-Semitism and hatreds of any kind are malignancies of the heart,” said Jenkins. “If we allow these cancers to spread, they will destroy our community, our nation and ourselves.”

In his homily, Jenkins argued that the university’s Catholic mission could offer a particular contribution as the nation continues to address this crisis.

“At this Catholic university, we add to them other values, such as a commitment to the dignity of each person, a willingness to take responsibility for the common good and a special concern for those who are most vulnerable,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins’ remarks are not the first time a president of Notre Dame has used his position as a national platform to denounce racism.

Father Theodore Hesburgh, who served as President of the university for 35 years, was a prominent civil rights activist who famously worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. [More]