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February 23, 2010 11:00 AM Notre Dame’s Permissive Values

By Daniel Luzer

Saint Mary’s, a women’s college across the street from the University of Notre Dame, announced that it will no longer allow Notre Dame to perform its annual comedy show on campus.

The Keenan Revue is a provocative comedy show performed by a Notre Dame men’s dormitory every year in the auditorium at St. Mary’s College. Well no longer. According to an article by Margaret Fosmoe in the South Bend Tribune:

“The (college) Cabinet finds the sexual nature of the skits as well as the inappropriate references to women to be incongruent with Saint Mary’s College mission and values,” Shari Rodriguez, vice president of college relations, said in a written statement. Providing college space to stage the all-male show “is no longer an appropriate arrangement,” she said.

Rodriguez and her St. Mary’s colleagues apparently object to Keenan skits like this one:

Rodriguez declined to say whether or not she thought the Keenan Revue was appropriate for Notre Dame itself. Clergy and Notre Dame alumni condemned the school’s decision to confer an honorary degree on President Barack Obama last spring, saying that the president’s pro-choice views were inconsistent with its Catholic mission.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer