Notre Dame student newspaper and Holy Cross priest say that the university must change course for the better

[Notre Dame student newspaper and Holy Cross priest say that the university must change course for the better]

[That is, return to the Catholic values of its founder – not (as many think) Theodore (“Call me Fr. Ted”) Hesburgh of the mid to late 20th century but Fr. Edward Sorin of the mid 19th century]

From Cardinal Newman Society Report Card of 1/8/18 by Matt Archbold:

Notre Dame students urge university to reverse course

A University of Notre Dame student newspaper [The Irish Rover] published an open letter to the university’s president and administration asking, “Is Notre Dame no longer committed to the Catholic values that it testified to holding?”

The letter is in response to Notre Dame’s decision to voluntarily offer an insurance plan that provides contraceptives, after initiating a lawsuit to prevent the Obama administration from forcing it to do so.

“This reversal has left many dumbfounded—shocked that after a long and costly lawsuit in which Notre Dame asserted that it was against its Catholic values to play any part in providing contraceptives and abortifacients to employees and students, it would abruptly reverse course and willingly participate in such action,” the editorial staff of The Irish Rover wrote in December.

Priest: Notre Dame needs ‘major course correction’

The University of Notre Dame needs “a major course correction [if the university] is to remain faithful to the true vision that led the young French priest [Father Edward Sorin, CSC] to establish our school in 1842,” a Holy Cross priest and Notre Dame history professor told [The Irish Rover] a student newspaper.

On the 175th anniversary of Notre Dame’s founding, Father Bill Miscamble, CSC, reminded the university that its founder, Fr. Sorin, was “a priest of deep faith—a true missionary” who “understood that the ultimate purpose of the school he founded was not simply to perform good works, but rather to secure the salvation of souls.

“Rather than winning souls for Christ, Notre Dame has given priority to its own aggrandizement,” Fr. Miscamble wrote in The Irish Rover. “It has been on a quest for success understood in primarily secular terms in which, with depressing frequency, image is chosen over substance, ratings are chosen over principles, and, ultimately, a false prestige is chosen over truth.”

Fr. Miscamble said that Notre Dame is “shunting aside the Catholic moral compass,” while working to retain only a “Catholic gloss,” fit only for “fundraising and marketing purposes.”

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