He knows he's trapped.
"In the letter Father Jenkins wrote that 'conditions for constructive dialogue simply do not exist' and that students could disregard his earlier invitations to meet with him.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic educational watchdog group which has closely monitored the Notre Dame controversy and has sponsored a petition where 275,000 pro-life advocates have opposed UND's invitation, responded to the latest news.
'Father Jenkins has insisted that his honor for President Obama is all about ‘dialogue’—even though a commencement ceremony offers no opportunity for debate or discussion—yet now rejects dialogue with the students who profoundly disagree with honoring a pro-abortion politician,' he said. (emphasis added)
'The students’ preconditions are reasonable and should not have prevented discussion,' he told LifeNews.com."
I agree. Go here to read the letter outlining the students preconditions.
Fr. Jenkins does not want any dialogue with the students because he knows he has an indefensible position. So he refuses to discuss.
As a Catholic, he has ignored the teaching of the Church. Now, as an educator, he has repudiated the first principle of the educator's vocation. As Archbishop Dolan said, in a masterpiece of understatement, "They made a big mistake."
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney