The Notre Dame Brand

The Notre Dame Brand

Lest anyone think that the current graduation speaker controversy at the University of Notre Dame is merely a matter of partisan politics and media hype, it is worth a closer look. What is happening right now in South Bend, Ind., is not simply a critical moment of truth for a vaunted institution; it is also…
To That Lovely Lady, Raised High on a Dome

To That Lovely Lady, Raised High on a Dome

On May 17, 2009 President Barack Obama will ascend the steps of the Joyce Auditorium stage to accept Notre Dame’s highest honor as a doctor of laws, amid deafening applause.  And doubtless, it will come after months of intense debate on messy things like academic freedom, the nature and mission of Catholic universities, and what…
Pope Urges Nancy Pelosi and All Catholic US Legislators to Defend Life

Pope Urges Nancy Pelosi and All Catholic US Legislators to Defend Life

Receives Speaker of the House Pelosi in Audience VATICAN CITY, FEB. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging legislators to uphold the sanctity of human life according to Church teaching, he affirmed in a meeting with U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Pope received Nancy Pelosi and her entourage briefly today after the…
Michael Cardinal von Faulhaber: An Man of Extrodinary Courage and Role Model for Our Times

Michael Cardinal von Faulhaber: An Man of Extrodinary Courage and Role Model for Our Times

By Father Joseph Shea A couple of weeks ago, two of my priest friends and I went to see the new movie, Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise.  The movie presents the true life story about a large-scale conspiracy within the German army to assassinate Adolf Hitler.  The heroic German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg led the coup. …
What is FOCA and Why Should I Care?

What is FOCA and Why Should I Care?

  FOCA is an acronym for “Freedom of Choice Act,” a legislative bill reintroduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Barbara Boxer (D, CA) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D, NY) the day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial birth abortion (Partial Birth Abortion Ban…
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WHOPPING NUMBER WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2009 MARCH FOR LIFE IN D.C. YESTERDAY?

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WHOPPING NUMBER WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2009 MARCH FOR LIFE IN D.C. YESTERDAY?

Washington, D.C.—Estimates of between 150,000 to more than 250,000 — nearly a quarter of a million — college students, young adults, parents, business professionals, bishops, priests, U.S. Congressmen and women, and national pro-ife leaders converged on the nation’s capital for the 36th annual March For Life on Thursday, January 22, 2009. The March for Life…
A Commitment to Courage and Love in the New Year

A Commitment to Courage and Love in the New Year

I would like you to join me in a different kind of commitment for next year.  This is the kind of commitment that will cost us something for sure, but the reward is great.  In the coming year let’s make every effort to acknowledge Christ before others and defend (as well as follow!) in a…
Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership

I am sending this message to  large group of people who I know to be Catholic/Christian.   I must confess that there are parts of me that don’t want to send it, because I don’t want to offend anyone or make them uncomfortable.  However, sometimes in life we are called to stand up for something we…