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Dear Fr. Jenkins,

| Friday, November 17, 2017

Your decision to assure employees of our University that they will not lose contraceptive insurance coverage even though the use of contraceptives is not an accepted method of birth control by the Catholic Church is an another unfortunate mistake by your administration.

Again, because of our University’s stature and notoriety, we have a pronouncement that may be used by those not affiliated with our Catholic faith to misinterpret its meaning for purposes not beneficial to the Church. You must know that such actions are often represented to the world outside of the University as “Catholic-based,” even though you may not intend them as such.

You and those at our University who make any and all decisions that are related to matters of faith and morals should be guided solely by our Catholic faith and teachings. But, in decision after decision, you seem to resist or ignore such guidance.

These actions continue to be of great concern for the Catholic alumnae and alumni of Notre Dame who feel that you are unknowingly using our University as a platform for spreading untruths and misrepresentations about the faith and teachings of the Catholic Church.

We ask that you reconsider this decision.


Martha and William Dodd

class of 1962

Nov. 8

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