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Student Worries, But Sees Hope for Notre Dame

A senior at the University of Notre Dame has a piece at The College Fix, pointing out what he calls the “erosion of its Catholic mission and identity.”

Michael Bradley, a senior and a contributor to the conservative website, writes, “Students here do not receive from most professors robust religious or even general moral formation in the classroom.”

He calls the University curriculum requirements “a jumbled, fragmented mess” and believes the confusion stems from Notre Dame’s attempt to serve two masters. “Over my past three years here, I’ve observed that beneath the Catholic trappings of campus, disconcerting trends indicate a deeply flawed aspiration: the desire to be the best of two worlds, secular and Catholic,” he writes. “Notre Dame wants to be viewed by its modern academy peers as ‘one of the guys,’ while at the same time being distinctly and authentically Catholic.”

Bradley says that balancing act is an impossible task.

But Bradley does see hope for Notre Dame. He points to the University’s decision to sue for religious freedom over the HHS mandate, the work of faculty like O. Carter Snead with the Center for Ethics and Culture, as well as the efforts by many of the students who struggle against the rising tide of secularism on campus in clubs like the Right to Life club and Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, among others.

“The university needs to root itself fast in its religious character and conduct if it wants not to be swept downhill,” Bradley says. “There is still hope for Notre Dame. But that hope will vanish when those who love her lose heart and cease to fight for what she stands for at her best.”

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