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To the Executive Board of Notre Dame Right to Life

| Tuesday, October 11, 2016

As a double Domer alumnus, I have always been proud of Our Lady’s University and especially of the courage and great work of ND Right to Life.  Your thoughtful open letter in The Observer to the person who vandalized your display makes me even more proud.  It was a brilliant way to respond to what happened.  The fact that the stolen sign bore a quote from Pope St. John Paul II gives me this thought: How proud he must be of all of you to have read your letter from paradise.  It seems like exactly what he would have done.

I find it hard to summon as much empathy as you have for whoever has a soul so tortured as to destroy such a display at a Catholic university, or for that matter anywhere.  But I respect and admire you for showing the same kind of Christian love and patience as Pope St. John Paul II did for the gunman who tried to take his life.  You all are truly walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

Congratulations on your amazing gesture and please keep your idealism and commitment to Life, as Notre Dame students and in the future as alumni.

David L. Cioutire Jr.


Oct. 7

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