Why I won't root for Notre Dame

  • Article by: Melinda Henneberger , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 6, 2012 - 11:31 AM

It's hard to cheer for a team where there are unanswered questions about sexual assaults.

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dsdavisDec. 5, 12 1:30 PM

Ms. Henneberger, respectfully: You write, "The problem goes deeper than that, and higher, because the man Lizzy accused had a history of behavior that should have kept him from being recruited in the first place." Yes it does go deeper, yet deeper still. It goes to the hipocracy of the entire NCAA "men"tality. Unfortunately, woman power has seldom cracked the male code, but in too many cases endorsed it in the name of that old evil, the love of money. Kudos to you for not rooting for a university that has been swallowed up by the ever salacious influence of TV contracts, willing to sacrifice young women and men on the alter of power worship.

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andy13tDec. 5, 12 1:58 PM

I don't care about ND one bit, though not because of this article as it's the first that I've heard of such events. However, the writer's fatal flaw is that she writes for the National Catholic Reporter (and I'm assuming follows the Catholic faith). To put up a fuss about a football team based on one or two incidents yet work for and follow the Catholic church despite ALL of the child abuse reports (which are literally constant) is beyond hypocritical to the point of discrediting any moral opinion she may have on the subject.

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omakristyDec. 5, 12 2:34 PM

Respectfully, the protestation that there have only been "one or two incidents" of sexual assault is disappointing. If one of those assaults had been your sister, daugher or neighbor, you might have an entirely differnt opinion. Under the concept of innocent until proven guilty, there is still the obligation to investigate the accusation to determine guilt. College football seems to give athletes carte blanche to misbehave with impunity. Shame on all of us.

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rjbtonkaDec. 5, 12 2:38 PM

If there's something we know with certainty, it's that the Catholic Church is well-practiced when it comes to covering up sexual assault.

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gobstopperDec. 5, 12 2:44 PM

I wish I could say I am surprised-but I am not.

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metaltesterDec. 5, 12 2:48 PM

dont worry, they wont win the BCS anyway.

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hammersickleDec. 5, 12 2:51 PM

That is a tragic story but the writer does mention many believe innocent until proven guilty, and a I must agree. Until proven in a court of law it's heresay. Go Irish!!

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andy13tDec. 5, 12 3:03 PM

omakristy- I did not mean to suggest that any more than zero incidents of sexual assault are acceptable. but that to take a stand on this particular injustice yet turn a blind eye to what's going on around you with much more regularity doesn't really seem to be the moral high ground to me as the writer would suggest....

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buttlesDec. 5, 12 3:03 PM

And, ND being a Catholic school, the same school officials who turn a blind eye to athletes who commit sexual assualt would do their best to deny the victims the morning after pill or a termination if the rape resulted in pregnancy. They are accessories after the fact and I can only hope that someday they will answer for their crimes.

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jjones500Dec. 5, 12 3:11 PM

The Catholic Church has a history of covering up crimes, abuses and assaults by their members. They treat every accusation with the idea of how they can limit the liability of the church first. After they have covered that, then you can worry about the victim(s). It's a very un-Christian stance to take (in my opinion), but they have done it for hundreds of years successfully and it's a hard habit to break. You can be dang sure they do not want the stigma of a Penn State on their hands, so they will do everything (legal or otherwise) to prevent it. Champion football brings in donors and dollars, and the Catholic Church is a slave to the false god of money more than most institutions. I was baptized, confirmed and married under the precepts of the Catholic Church, and I believe many of the tenets of the faith. But I do not consider myself Catholic. The hypocrisy, posturing and discriminatory practices of their leaders disgusts me, and makes me ashamed to be Catholic. If I am truly wrong, I guess I will burn in eternal damnation. But I think our true God is more loving than punative and I would expect to see more priests in hell than in heaven.

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