Notre Dame University recently became embroiled in a little bit of controversy when the new president said he thought a gay film festival and the play "The Vagina Monologues" didn't belong at a Catholic University. Amid outcry from the students and faculty, the school has decided to let the programs continue - but with a caveat...
Many who opposed the events said they went against the school's "Catholic character."
"To them, we must say, with all respect: 'This is a Catholic university,"' Jenkins said in a statement. "We are committed to a wide-open, unconstrained search for truth, and we are convinced that Catholic teaching has nothing to fear from engaging the wider culture."
But he said such events must be accompanied by Catholic teaching.
"The challenge is not to do just one of these -- or even to do both of them in parallel -- but to promote academic freedom and affirm our Catholic character in a way that integrates the two and elevates both," he said.
As a result of the debate, students who supported "The Vagina Monologues" have proposed to produce a play, describing their own experiences, titled "Loyal Daughters," he said.
Jenkins also will head a committee of students, faculty and administrators designed to foster a discussion of gender relations, sexuality and ways to prevent violence against women.