Notre Dame, R.I.P.

July-August 2009By Michael V. McIntire

Michael V. McIntire is a 1957 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was later Associate Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School.

I love Notre Dame — the Notre Dame that I knew. My father graduated from Notre Dame in 1930, and he was proud to send his sons there. It was there that I matured in my faith and became devoted to the Blessed Mother. It was there that I met and courted the woman I married two months after my graduation. It was there that I formed permanent friendships that have endured for more than fifty years. But I am now convinced that the proudly Catholic university I have loved exists only in memory.

In May my wife and I were horrified and moved to tears at the video footage showing small groups of people silently praying the Rosary being handcuffed and arrested by Notre Dame police. The "lawbreakers" were of varying ages, some quite elderly, many of whom continued to pray aloud as they were handcuffed and led to the police vans. Most striking was the arrest of an 80-year-old Catholic priest in clerical garb who was forcibly carried off as he pleaded with his captors, "Think what you're doing! I'm a Catholic priest! This is Notre Dame!" These scenes would have been abhorrent to any right-thinking Catholic even if they had taken place on the property of an abortion clinic. But watching them take place in the shadow of the Golden Dome on the campus we love was heart-wrenching.

Along with other Catholic alumni, we questioned why the university was doing this. Notre Dame has never been a closed campus, and the groups targeted for arrest were so small that they were outnumbered by the police; they were so quiet that they were scarcely noticeable in the daily hustle and bustle of campus life. What could be the reason for such extreme measures if not to send a message to "the One who is soon to come" that, in deference to its guest, U.S. President Barack Obama, Notre Dame would, like Georgetown, cover up any indicators of Catholicism that might draw the attention of the media. Our tears were in part tears of mourning, as though a loved one had died, but the sentiment went much deeper. It was not just a sense of loss, but a sense of betrayal.

Fr. Edward Sorin established Notre Dame more than 150 years ago as a place where the sons of poor Catholic immigrants could grow in their knowledge of God and their faith while maturing into adult Catholics prepared to live in the world as its "salt" and "light." For this they were scorned and derided as "fighting Irish," an epithet they proudly adopted as their logo. That name identified them with oppressed Catholics everywhere who, like generations of persecuted Catholics in Ireland, never compromised their faith or wavered in their witness of it. Such was the basis for the much vaunted "Spirit of Notre Dame."

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This is an outstanding article for which the author is to be commended for telling the complete unadulterated Truth, Who is a Someone, not a something.

The following links in chronological order support what the author has stated by showing the depravity to which Notre Dame has sunk making it indistinguishable from her Godless secular counterparts.

As a Catholic member of the research faculty of one of those secular universities, it is very sad for me to see what has happened to Notre Dame but understandable given that the leadership of Notre Dame was given carte blanche to destroy her from within as undeniably proven in the links which follow.

I put it to you. What does that say about the state of a Church that would have such a callous disregard for the souls entrusted to her care? What I believe that it says is that we're living the apostasy foretold by Fatima!

An Open Letter to the President of the University of Notre Dame

Pray for the New President of the University of Notre Dame

Just What Is It About The Principle Of Non-Contradiction That Is Not Understood By The Notre Dame President?

It Is Scandalous That the Vile Play, The Vagina Monologues, Has Come Back To Notre Dame

For Shame, Notre Dame, Catholic Universities Don’t Honor Disciples Of The Devil – You Have Chosen Institutionally To Go To hell

I might add that Holy Week 2009 at Notre Dame saw the announcement of pro homosexual-themed Events affirming the acceptance of mortal sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance per Sacred Scripture.

I believe that it's important for what's left of the faithful to understand just what's been happening at Notre Dame over the years with the blessing of her leadership to particularly include the moral atrocities as documented in detail on these links.

Little wonder that what Sorin had envisioned as a Catholic moral beacon setting the example for Catholic higher education evolved into such a tool of the devil that she not only gave the most anti-Catholic president in America's history, a man who shamelessly promotes the entirety of a culture-of-eternal-death, a forum, but also honored him.

No truer words can be spoken than the author's conclusion.

"The rebellion is complete; the revolution is over. The contract by which the soul of the university was sold for earthly prestige and power has been fully executed. The Golden Dome has been transformed into a golden calf."

Posted by: stlouisix
July 29, 2009 10:22 AM EDT
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