We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
According to my Uncle (Mom's older brother) who is a Jesuit and taught theology and mathematics at Notre Dame, Rev. Hesburgh's striving towards a "dual mandate" (meaning that it could be both a secular and a Catholic institution at the same time) was a disaster from the start. So much so that he left the university and returned to a contemplative life and doing mission disaster relief work.
God, no. As an observant Catholic, Notre Dame is an embarrassment - along with Georgetown and Boston College. And Jesuit run, the lot.
I happened to have an interesting conversation at Mass (the Latin version) the other week with an elderly Czech lady who lamented that our new Pope was Jesuit. I really hope he proves to be the exception and not the rule. We who have come to treasure Benedict's full reinstatement of the Latin Mass have some concerns....
If you want to see orthodox, truly Catholic institutions of higher learning, check out Wyoming Catholic College, St. Thomas Aquinas College or Belmont Abbey. They adhere to the Magisterium and take pride in it.
That did it for me. That lefty administration thought more of O than they did the students who didn't attend their own commencement because they were taught that abortion was wrong. I have no respect for Notre Dame.
I am saddened by the fact that all of the Jesuit Universities are following the same trend. I have several things to remind your readers about:
1. There is a shrinking number of Jesuits
2. The 500 year anniversary of the Jesuits is coming up in 2040.
3. The purpose--the raison d' etre--of the Jesuits is "TO EDUCATE" Their sole dedication is to the survival of these schools around the world.
4. It is only because of the Jesuits that public education came into being.
5. HOW WILL THESE SCHOOLS SURVIVE when there are no more Jesuits?
When leaders of these "Jesuit" institutions deny bedrock tenets of the faith, like the absolute and incontrovertible sin of abortion (never mind honoring Barack Obama, the pied-piper of late term abortion inside their school) and are pleased to cover up the signs of the Christ they proclaim in their fundraisers to Georgetown alumni, to satisfy Obama's request for the proper background for one of his monologues, the answer to your #5?
An interesting aside to the Land o Lakes statement in 1967 is that the Foundation for the study of Cycles also has a research site that show the peak of church attendance occurred in 1967 and this was in the protestant church. If you look a bit further you find 1967 and the very nearby years to be the peak in many things to include the economy. From there everything headed for the crapper. We are currently in a similar cycle where things started peaking out in 1969 and the surrounding years and likely have another 3 or so years before the bottom is reached. And recall that Nixon was run from office before the bottom was reached and Obama is now skating on thin ice. RN Elliott and Kondratieff predicted cycles in economics and it definitely affects far more than just economics.
The mission of the Jesuits is "to educate". The tolerance of the church comes from the mutual agreement that God can do more good with the most people educated (or something like that). That is why "the church" has tolerated the secular nature of the Jesuits, so that they can become--and they are--the finest minds. So that they can transfer as much knowledge to as many souls as possible. Theirs is not a mission to indoctrinate into the faith. Theirs is a mission to pursue universal human and scientific truths. Which they do better than ANY GROUP! Spoke with a beloved Jesuit once and asked him how could they go along with some of the pc events of the day. His response was this: "we have lost schools in the past--had them taken away from us because we opposed local powers. Our mission is to keep the schools open. It was such in the 1600's and has been ever since."
Many other fine institutions educate young people on the "human universal and scientific truths". Fortunately for America, those pursuing these truths, universal and human, aren't left out in the cold if they aren't part of Catholic University life. However, if the Jesuit order isn't interested in the doctrine of Catholic teaching, then lets just turn in all the religious paraphernalia, strike the symbols, stop the B.S. and be done with it. I think Ignatius Loyola would be the first one to demand the hypocrisy of "transferring as much knowledge to as many souls as possible" without a clear understanding of where that exquisitely educated soul is headed to, come to an end.
Anyone interested in the secularization inroads at Notre Dame and the prospects for the future should join the mailing list of Sycamore Trust (www.sycamoretrust.org), an organization of alumni and others committed to Catholic higher education in general and the recapture of Catholic identity at Notre Dame in particular.