Pope Francis today received a delegation from Notre Dame University, on the occasion of their inaugurating a new Rome center. In light of some of the recent, astonishing news that has been coming out of that institution, the Holy Father’s address takes on particular import. Here is a relevant excerpt with some emphasis added:
Essential in this regard is the uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom, precisely in and through her institutions, to uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors. It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness. And this is important: its identity, as it was intended from the beginning. To defend it, to preserve it and to advance it!
[Read the whole thing here.]
The Holy Father’s wish that Notre Dame “continue” to offer unambiguous testimony is probably a polite vaticanese way of lessening the blow of what he is really saying: Start acting like a Catholic University, promote and stand by Catholic principles!
Although there are some fine things happening at Notre Dame, and I know some fine people who have gotten a fine education there, yet there are many bad things happening there as well, and souls are being led astray in a place where they should be led to the fullness of truth… as recent news indicates.
Pray that Notre Dame takes the Pope’s message to heart!