CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Ken Strottman, A Career in Making Toys

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Ken Strottman, A Career in Making Toys

California-based Ken Strottman, founder and chairman of Strottman International, is a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame and has been a faithful, practicing Catholic all his life. This weekend on THE MENTORS RADIO, another faithful life-long Catholic, Host Ric Brutocao, talks with Ken Strottman about Strottman’s unexpected journey into founding the unique marketing…

Fr. Ted’s Big Trade

Fr. Ted’s Big Trade

Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble’s American Priest was intended to be a critical biography of Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who was president of the University of Notre Dame for 50 years. Notre Dame loyalists who hold Hesburgh in reverence and are intolerant of criticism need not worry: Nothing in the book will lead to removal of…

“What are you willing to die for?” Archbishop Chaput asks UND students

“What are you willing to die for?” Archbishop Chaput asks UND students

CNA—It is important to consider what we are willing to die for, Archbishop Charles Chaput reminded students and faculty in a speech at the University of Notre Dame on Friday. “It’s a good thing, a vital thing, to consider what we’re willing to die for,” Chaput said in a lecture given to the Constitutional Studies…

Project Rachel founder to receive Evangelium Vitae Medal

Project Rachel founder to receive Evangelium Vitae Medal

South Bend, Ind., Oct 7, 2019 —CNA— The University of Notre Dame announced Sunday that Vicki Thorn will receive the 2020 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal in recognition of her pro-life efforts. Thorn, founder of Project Rachel and executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, will receive the award at an…

The Land O’ Lakes Statement Caused Devastation For 50 Years

The Land O’ Lakes Statement Caused Devastation For 50 Years

Catholic Business Journal—You may not be familiar with the Land O’Lakes Statement, but it radically—radically—changed Catholic higher education from the date of its signing in 1967 by major Catholic college and university presidents until 1990, when Saint Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae.  Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic universities, soundly…

Silent apostasy and a new kind of “sacrament”

Silent apostasy and a new kind of “sacrament”

Speaking at the University of Notre Dame in October 2016, just a few weeks before a national election that seemed sure to put a second Clinton in the White House, I noted that [Q]uite a few of us American Catholics have worked our way into a leadership class that the rest of the country both…

A Book Worth Reading: American Priest

A Book Worth Reading: American Priest

There are books worth reading, and then there are books worth sharing after you’ve read them. I heartily recommend the new book by Father Bill Miscamble, a Holy Cross Father, at the University of Notre Dame. It’s called American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh , and it profiles the…

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…