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Bad College “Watch List”

May 25, 2020

The “Sycamore Trust” is an association of University of Notre Dame alumni who are appalled by the loss of faith underway at one of the premier Catholic colleges in America.

Ever since 1931 when Pope Pius XI issued the encyclical “QUADRAGESIMO ANNO Catholicism was reoriented toward “Social Justice,” and the Catholic Church has drifted away from its roots in “reason” that St. Thomas traced to the ethics of Aristotle. That’s one of the conclusions of my of study of what is called “First Europe.”

The priests at Notre Dame imbibed deeply in this ideology and grew Notre Dame away from its roots into a pursuit of heaven on earth. Most parents are unaware that this has happened and continue to support Notre Dame financially.  That university’s 13.8 billion dollar endowment is the 8th largest in the United States. But those of us affiliated with the Sycamore Trust understand that the Congregation of Holy Cross priests, who take a vow of poverty, are in love with wealth.

That explains Notre Dame’s creation of a Working Group to consider resuming classroom instruction. One month later, Notre Dame announced resumption of classes starting in August.

That decision, I believe, will end badly.

Students who are healthy between ages 19 and 32 are relatively safe from Covid-19 infections, but many students are asthmatic, have heart murmurs or suffer from depression.  And many CSC priests and instructors are over age 60, the age most vulnerable to Covid-19.

This decision puts some students and many faculty and CSCs on campus at risk to serious illness and seems motivated by a decision to assure income stream, not for good pedagogical reasons.

Moreover, ND assumes that it can direct instructors to develop effective distance learning facsimiles of their classroom courses. I was in the distance learning business for 16 years and can safely assert that transferring classroom course content for Internet learning this quickly will fail.

The alternative is to take distance learning seriously and work with instructors between June and early August to place all scheduled courses online, close all campus facilities, and offer lowered tuition (nor more than $600 per course) for students willing to enroll for online instruction in August, or the normal start date for classes. Then, commence a massive funding drive to make up the shortfall.

Notre Dame’s decision saddens me and confirms my belief that Notre Dame has joined the other faithless religious colleges that have abandoned their religious faith.




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