That these two leading Roman Catholic institutions of higher learning are really very much CINO-Catholic In Name Only.
To recap why these two universities are in the news, lets start with the kerfuffle at Georgetown University.
President Obama gave one of the "major" economic speeches that are the hallmark of the tenor of this administration. It was at Georgetown University. But, the White House asked, in only the way any White House can, to cover up the decidedly Christian symbols shown here.
Now, notice the "IHS", the Latin for Jesus Christ. Then look at the photo of President Obama greeting a man at the said place. Note how the sign is covered at the sight of the "IHS"? Now, why did the White House ask for a Roman Catholic university to cover the sight of Jesus Christ's name? Why would Georgetown university acquiesce to such an insipid request?
It is because as many a Protestant and discerning Roman Catholics have come to know. That Georgetown university loves to tout its Jesuit ties to bring in Roman Catholics, but leaves true teaching, which includes teaching of the Church and its vision of Christendom, at the door.
It appears that Notre Dame university is just as bad.
Recently, the university announced that President Obama will not only speak at the 2009 commencement, a high honor, but that it would issue an honorary degree to the 44th president.
An honorary degree? Is that necessary to do? Is it the price that Notre Dame had to pay to get President Obama to speak there?
As a Roman Catholic university, why would they feel the need to issue an honorary degree to a president that stands totally against one of the critical teachings of the Church. On abortion, there is no president more in the hip pocket of the pro-abortion lobby as is President Obama. Without a doubt, this president is going to rescind the conscience clause that former President Bush 43 put in place. That gives doctors, nurses and other medical professionals the right to refuse to perform services that go against certain beliefs. In the case of many Roman Catholic doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, distributing birth control and performing abortion goes against the teachings of the Church that they are faithful to. That also goes for many Protestants and non-denominational Christians and I am certain some Jewish health care workers and Islamic ones as well. And worse, if there is socialized medicine, these become employees of the government. And subject to their rules. Which will force these people to provide birth control and perform abortions. And, possibly other things such as dealing with embriotic stem cells.
If Notre Dame university upholds and educates those about Roman Catholic church teachings, there would be no honorary degree put on President Obama, the biggest threat to the Church and its teachings in the history of the United States.
Which brings to the point of this post.
Too many Roman Catholic educational institutions have all but given up church teaching in the name of the almighty American dollar and the money that many non-Roman Catholics give for their children to attend parochial schools and colleges and universities. And that is terrible.
If I, as a Protestant parent, were to send my stepson to a Roman Catholic college or university, and for the record he was seriously considering Georgetown university, I would have no choice but to accept that the college or university will be teaching from a Roman Catholic perspective. And that could have meant either one of three things. Total rejection of Church teaching, some acceptance and possible conversion to the Roman Catholic Church or seeking no faith at all.
That is how it should be.
But it is not in the new CINO world. And in that world, Church teaching and espousing it be damned.
Thus, I am not at all surprised that the two leading lights of Roman Catholic higher education, Georgetown university and Notre Dame university are exposed for what they have become. CINO-Catholic In Name Only.