At the Federalist Adam Cassandra notes that Monday on the feast of the Annunciation, the day Catholics celebrate Mary saying “Yes” to God at Notre Dame they were celebrating something exactly the opposite:.
Davis — who rose to stardom in the political world following her 2013 filibuster of pro-life legislation in Texas — ran the gamut of pro-abortion, anti-Catholic talking points during an event Monday hosted by the University of Notre Dame Department of Gender Studies. The department co-sponsored the event in coordination with the College Democrats of Notre Dame, the Progressive Student Alliance, Notre Dames, Women in Politics, and bridgeND.
The Notre Dame Department of Gender Studies touted Davis’ abortion advocacy in a description of the event posted on the department’s website, calling her “a modern-day Texas heroine”
Of course if Mary took Wendy’s Davis’ advice there would be no Church and frankly no University period as the Catholic Church gave us the University system but I suspect that was lost on those in attendance.
It’s worth noting that Notre Dame was so proud of this event that they pulled its description their site but it was screen capped by the Cardinal Newman Society, where the Federalist piece first appeared. The Newman society’s mission is to:
promote and defend faithful Catholic education, following upon Pope John Paul II’s 1990 release of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae.
Ex corde Ecclesiae was written by St. Pope John Paul II’s which says in part:
13. Since the objective of a Catholic University is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture(16), every Catholic University, as Catholic, must have the following essential characteristics:
“1. a Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such;
2. a continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;
3. fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church;
4. an institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life”(17).
14. “In the light of these four characteristics, it is evident that besides the teaching, research and services common to all Universities, a Catholic University, by institutional commitment, brings to its task the inspiration and light of the Christian message.In a Catholic University, therefore, Catholic ideals, attitudes and principles penetrate and inform university activities in accordance with the proper nature and autonomy of these activities. In a word, being both a University and Catholic, it must be both a community of scholars representing various branches of human knowledge, and an academic institution in which Catholicism is vitally present and operative”
One hates to be critical but it seems to be that the folks at Notre Dame aren’t doing very well in this regard. but fortunately for those who might wish to give their children an actual catholic education The Newman society has a handy dandy map of Catholic Colleges worldwide that are the real thing