Ken Cuccinelli, writing in this week’s edition of the “Cuccinelli Compass” says it best when commenting on Barack Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame. Although I’m not a Catholic, I completely understand the angst this abandonment of principle must pose to those of the Catholic faith, and sympathize with those concerned that the leaders who represent their faith maybe embarking on a dangerous path by highlighting the opinions of those who battle against the core principles they say they stand for. This is a difficult time for them, and I pray they find a way to resolve the troubling questions they are challenged with.
I am appalled that Notre Dame has today bestowed on President Obama an honorary degree. I have not spoken on the subject until now in the hopes that they would right their course. I am not a Notre Dame alum, nor are any of my family, however, as someone proud of his Irish heritage and a big football fan, I have always been a Notre Dame fan. That ended today.
I took the time to read the university’s mission statement. What a bunch of goobldy-guk. Exactly what I’d expect from an entity that so freely and willingly abandons the basic precepts of its own faith in order to be politically correct.
That led me to look at an authentically Catholic university’s mission statement from right here in Virginia - Christendom College. I know most readers of The Compass are not Catholic, but you don’t need to be a Catholic to see how Notre Dame makes no pretense about forming its students in faith, particularly compared to Virginia’s own Christendom College.
Notre Dame Mission Statement:
“The University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings, but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”
Notice any particular words missing? Oh, say “Catholic” or “Christian”? This mission sounds great for a charity, but not so much for an allegedly ‘Catholic’ university. Sad.
Christendom College Mission Statement:
“Christendom College is a Catholic coeducational college institutionally committed to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
The College provides a Catholic liberal arts education, including an integrated core curriculum grounded in natural and revealed truth, the purpose of which at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is to form the whole person for a life spent in the pursuit of truth and wisdom. Intrinsic to such an education is the formation of moral character and the fostering of the spiritual life. This education prepares students for their role as faithful, informed, and articulate members of Christ’s Church and society.
The particular mission of Christendom College, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is ‘to restore all things in Christ,’ by forming men and women to contribute to the Christian renovation of the temporal order. This mission gives Christendom College its name.”
Among the protesters arrested at Notre Dame today was Norma McCorvey - she was “Roe” in Roe v. Wade, but in 1998 she became a Catholic and she is now an activist pro-lifer. Also, by the way, she has endorsed me in this race in light of my strong pro-life record in the Senate.
Again, today is a sad day at Notre Dame. I hope any of you that, like me, who have been fans of Notre Dame for so many years, will abandon it as it has abandoned faith. It’s the least we can do.
Catholics will have to decide for themselves what they stand for, but they clearly cannot stand for opposing doctrinal viewpoints at the same time and remain a unified church. Let’s hope the discussion that follows this brings them clarity and unity. This issue must be addressed, lest the second version of a Martin Luther find a new set of theses to nail to the gate to whatever will be the modern proxy for the gate to Wittenburg’s church.
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