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Fading Catholic Faculty

History demonstrates that the secularization of a religious college or university is the product of the secularization of its faculty.  While the outward signs of religious practice typically continue well after the faculty has been transformed, giving the impression that nothing has changed, in the end only traces of that religious identity remain.

The University should not compromise its academic aspirations in its efforts to maintain its Catholic identity.

University of Notre Dame
Faculty Senate, April 9, 2008

That’s a shocking declaration from a place where, Fr. Hesburgh has declared, “the Church does its thinking” and reflects a radical weakening of Catholic identity under the Golden Dome. Still, hope is not lost! Ans we invite you to learn more about our mission of Catholic renewal at Notre Dame and how you can help.

Hope is not lost!
There remain a splendid, if radically reduced, corps of Catholic scholars at Notre Dame, a number of supportive non-Catholics, a heavily Catholic student body, and the continuing, if diminished, presence of priests on the campus.  And there is Sycamore Trust – the first effort of its kind by alumni to resist the forces of secularization at their alma mater.

Please consider supporting our mission through prayer and by including Sycamore Trust in your year-end giving. Click here to read our annual report on Notre Dame's Catholic identity and our year-end request for support.



If you believe Notre Dame should not have awarded the Laetare Medal to Vice President Joseph Biden, please show your opposition by signing our petition to the Fellows of the University, who have the fiduciary duty under the statutes of the university to "ensure that the university maintains its essential character as a Catholic institution."

The reasons for the petition track Bishop Rhoades's disapproval and center upon the grave scandal Notre Dame gives in awarding the Laetare Medal for "outstanding service to the Church and society " to the nation's most prominent and very public dissenter from Church teaching on such crucial issues as abortion, same sex marriage, religious liberty, and embryonic stem cell research. Surely the Bishop is right in saying that it is futile for the university to declare it is honoring the Vice President for something else.

Sing the Petition HERE.

Sycamore Bulletins

May 8, 2014
ND Scuttles Traditional Marriage Group
May 4, 2014
Students Against Gay Marriage Assailed
April 12, 2014
ND's Scrambled Priorities

February 4, 201
The Pope, ND, and Crossroads
January 26, 2014
ND, Scandal and the Mandate
January 1, 2014
ND Employees Get Contraceptives
December 24, 2013
Christmas Greeting.

Bulletin Archive

If you have already given to our year-end campaign, thank you! Whatever hope we have would be utterly unrealistic without your financial support. If not, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Sycamore at this time in whatever amount you can afford.

To read our report card on the Jenkins' administration and our year end appeal, click here.
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