SOUTH BEND A theological seminar for
Roman Catholic bishops that had been scheduled for the University of
Notre Dame will be moved off campus because of a planned performance of
the play “The Vagina Monologues.”
The Catholic bishops made the decision because they disagree with the
university administrations decision to allow a student performance of
the controversial play.
“Because of the likelihood of the presentation of the play The Vagina
Monologues at Notre Dame this year, the bishops made a collective
decision to move the seminar off campus,” the Most Rev. John M. DArcy,
bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, said today in
a written statement. The bishop declined a request for an interview.
The seminar, which includes Notre Dame faculty speakers and is
co-sponsored by the universitys Institute for Church Life, had been
scheduled for Monday through Wednesday on campus. Instead, it will be
at the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis in Mishawaka.
Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown confirmed that the bishops moved the
gathering off campus and that the decision was related to “The Vagina
The university issued the following written statement:
“We understand that not all are in full agreement about the propriety
of allowing performances of this play on a Catholic campus. Because of
concerns about the play and its potential performance, we have worked
collaboratively with the bishops to move the conference out of respect
for everyone involved.
So I guess moving the Bishop’s conference
off campus makes so much more
sense than moving VM off campus.