This blog is a place for Notre Dame students and others to share their thoughts on Father Jenkins' forthcoming policy on academic freedom and Catholic identity at Our Lady's University.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

At Religious Universities, Disputes Over Faith and Academic Freedom

The situation here at Notre Dame was recently covered by the New York Times February 18 article. (Registration required)

"Watching the controversy unfold at Notre Dame is Father Hesburgh, who, though long retired, retains a campus office. He said Father Jenkins's effort to define what Notre Dame stood for was important. But in an interview, Father Hesburgh also said a modern university had to face the crucial issues of the times.

'I think the real test of a great university,' he said, 'is that you are fair to the opposition and that you get their point of view out there. You engage them. You want to get students' minds working. You don't want mindless Catholics. You want intelligent, successful Catholics.'"

10:07 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't read the main article but it would seem to me that one should only be exposed to the oposition's point of view when you are rock solid in yours . Has Catholic education for the last forty years produced young Catholics who are rock solid in their knowledge of the Faith and able to interact with the points of view of others or have we produced 'Catholics' whose Faith is rooted in very sandy soil?

4:48 AM  
Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

"You don't want mindless Catholics. You want intelligent, successful Catholics"

Suppose a class of Catholics was taught 10 years ago by a faculty team of Ratzinger, Finnis, George, Rice, Kreeft etc etc etc, all perfectly comfortable with Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Pray tell Fr Hesburgh, how would this have delivered today a mindless horde of unintelligent, unsuccessful Catholics whose minds aren't working?

7:11 AM  
Blogger SBAce said...

Fr. Hesburgh is the most prominent cleric whose patronage gave cover to leftists for the past forty years. He's the man who turned ND severely to the left; secularists rewarded him with scores of honorary degrees. Leftist political and social reformers beat a path to his door for decades. Fr. Malloy, his protege, was of like mind.

But now we have a new, brighter, braver president who is burning his ships in the harbor, to quote Chesterton.

Aging priests (and bishops) like Fr. Hesburgh are seeing the tables turned on them by their replacements, and they fear that their day is lost. I believe that they are right. Five and ten years from today, Notre Dame will be far more solidly Catholic.

Catholicism is a mark of intellectual and moral strength, not weakness. The more Catholic ND becomes in temperament, the greater she becomes.

5:01 PM  

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