Monday, December 10, 2012

Notre Dame is # 1, Notre Dame is # 1, Notre Dame is Unranked???

The leadership at the University of Notre Dame should take great pride in the fact that the Fighting Irish are ranked #1 in both the BCS football standings and also # 1the NCAA football graduation rankings.

However, that said, Notre Dame has some work to do in the area of the Catholic Faith, as the school remains unranked in the latest edition of the "Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College."

The rankings can be viewed at this link (just scroll down until you get to the rankings).



10 comments:

  1. This list is laughable. It is published by a far-right wing think-tank within the catholic church. When the leading catholic universities in the world (notre dame, georgetown, boston college) are left off, this is clearly a biased list. Just look at the title- "recommended for fidelity". Someone disagreed with what the best catholic schools were teaching- aka science.

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    2. Did you not read the post?

      The Cardinal Newman Society is not rating Catholic schools based on their secular reputations but rather on their Catholic identity and fidelity to the teaching of the Church.

      What IS laughable is the idea that the Cardinal Newman Society is a "far right wing" group simply because they want Catholic colleges to be faithful to their catholic identity.

      You are also mistake in your second point, that somehow Faith and Reason are incompatible. The exact opposite is the case. The two cannot be in conflict, because both originate with God Who is the source of all truth.

      I would recommend that you read John Paul II's "Fides et Ratio" ("Faith and Reason") which explores the relationship of faith and reason in depth.

      Found here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_15101998_fides-et-ratio_en.html

      You also should read John Paul II's "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" which lays out the true and proper vision of a Catholic university

      Found here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_jp-ii_apc_15081990_ex-corde-ecclesiae_en.html

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  2. I attended one of the schools on this list many years ago. A few years after I graduated it became a Catholic cult. Nothing that they are professing makes it any more Catholic than Notre Dame, Boston College etc.

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    1. People throughout history have felt that devout Christians were "cult-like."

      Indeed, devout Christians will always seem cult-like to those of luke-warm faith.

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    2. Perhaps it is your perspective that is in error. Or that the school has changed in the intervening "many years".

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  3. I have a great faith in Jesus Christ. I am still a Catholic. But that does not mean the Catholic Church is not at times quite hypocritical. I follow Jesus and what he professed. Not what the church hierarchy has put into place which sometimes is not Christlike. Jesus professed forgiveness not condemnation. Jesus professed love. Jesus professed acceptance of all people. Jesus did not teach that "natural" family planning was the only way. I could go on and on. I am still a Catholic. To be told that you must believe every aspect of Catholicism to be Catholic is ludicrous.

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    1. "To be told that you must believe every aspect of Catholicism to be Catholic is ludicrous."

      You sound like a "cafeteria" Catholic who chooses those teachings they like and reject those they dislike.

      That is not genuine Catholicism nor is such an approach consistent with Church teaching.

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  4. Not at all! I just do not believe that anyone other than God is infallible. We are human. We make mistakes. The adult and Christian thing to do is to admit mistakes and change. It is hypocritical to accept only men as priests. It is hypocritical to preach love and forgiveness while discriminating against women and gays. People like you are sheep just following along and afraid to question anything. BTW I am not a young rebellious youth. I am a 63 year old female with three adult children and a grandchild. I still consider myself a good Catholic. Check out the Vatican II doctrines. They state that first and foremost, good Cathoics follow their conscience.

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    1. "They state that first and foremost, good Cathoics follow their conscience"

      You left out two key words: well-formed. With regard to formation of the conscience, the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: "We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church." (CCC 1785)

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