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into the legal and legislative arenas. tensifying battle with those forces that seek to prevent the Jesus warned His followers to heed the “signs of the Church from being the Church. It’s a battle that every times.” The signs of our time are pointing toward an in- Catholic who loves her must be prepared to fight. n guest they were so quiet that they were scarcely noticeable in the daily hustle and bustle of campus life. What could be the reason for such extreme measures if not to send a message to “the One who is soon to come” that, in def- column erence to its guest, U.S. President Barack Obama, Notre Dame would, like Georgetown, cover up any indicators of Catholicism that might draw the attention of the me- dia. Our tears were in part tears of mourning, as though a loved one had died, but the sentiment went much deeper. It was not just a sense of loss, but a sense of betrayal. Fr. Edward Sorin established Notre Dame more than 150 years ago as a place where the sons of poor Notre Dame, R.I.P. Catholic immigrants could grow in their knowledge of God and their faith while maturing into adult Catholics I love Notre Dame — the Notre Dame that I knew. prepared to live in the world as its “salt” and “light.” For My father graduated from Notre Dame in 1930, and he this they were scorned and derided as “fighting Irish,” an was proud to send his sons there. It was there that I epithet they proudly adopted as their logo. That name matured in my faith and became devoted to the Blessed identified them with oppressed Catholics everywhere Mother. It was there that I met and courted the woman I who, like generations of persecuted Catholics in Ireland, married two months after my graduation. It was there never compromised their faith or wavered in their wit- that I formed permanent friendships that have endured ness of it. Such was the basis for the much vaunted for more than fifty years. But I am now convinced that “Spirit of Notre Dame.” the proudly Catholic university I have loved exists only For more than 120 years, Fr. Sorin’s Notre Dame, in memory. which he consecrated to the protection of Mary, the In May my wife and I were horrified and moved to Mother of Jesus, formed thousands of faithful Catholic tears at the video footage showing small groups of people leaders. As the school grew in size and prominence, it silently praying the Rosary being handcuffed and arrested remained loyal to the Church, so that the terms “Catho- by Notre Dame police. The “lawbreakers” were of varying lic” and “Notre Dame” became almost synonymous in the ages, some quite elderly, many of whom continued to minds of Americans of all faiths. For those of
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