Friday, August 02, 2013

Matt C. Abbott: "Priest-professor fights for soul of Notre Dame"

Matt C. Abbott column
Priest-professor fights for soul of Notre Dame

Matt C. Abbott
Matt C. Abbott
August 2, 2013

First, I applaud Cardinal Francis George for his recent response to a fatuous open letter signed by several liberal – and supposedly Catholic – Chicago politicians. Click here to read it.

Now back to our regularly-scheduled program...

Below are excerpts from the introduction to the book For Notre Dame: Battling for the Heart and Soul of a Catholic University, authored by the Rev. Wilson D. (Bill) Miscamble, C.S.C., professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

Thanks to St. Augustine's Press for allowing me to publish these excerpts in my column. Click here to order a copy of the book directly from the publisher.

Introduction: Beyond Country and Career to a Calling at Notre Dame

This is a book for all those who love Notre Dame and are interested in its past, present, and future. It is a book that asks its readers to reflect deeply about the ongoing struggle to determine the university's present mission and future course. This struggle is not readily apparent to those who visit the campus briefly and experience its picture-postcard beauty and then participate in a wonderful liturgy or a well-staged academic conference. It is also well disguised by the university's relentless institutional self-promotion. It is not even always obvious to many of the undergraduates who blithely enjoy their four years under the dome. Nonetheless, the struggle is very real, and its outcome will shape whether or not Notre Dame will be a Catholic university in a meaningful sense in future decades.

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Click here to read The Cardinal Newman Society's recent interview with Father Miscamble.

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at

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