The New York Times and Notre Dame

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As we reported last year, at the instance of student government Notre Dame is providing every student a free online subscription to the New York Times, and only the New York Times. 

This is a major departure from a prior program under which free copies of both the Times and the Wall Street Journal were available in the dining halls and LaFortune. The change was made even though the Journal had been a good deal more popular than the Times.

While providing students a single newspaper like the Times with a pronounced political bent is problematical for any university, as we observed in our previous bulletin it is especially so for a Catholic university when, as here, that newspaper supports abortion, same-sex marriage, and governmental infringement of the religious liberty of religious institutions including Notre Dame.

We return to the subject now because recent events have disclosed how extraordinarily hostile the university’s action is to the “free inquiry and open discussion” heralded in its Mission Statement. The Times no longer merely takes sides on controversial issues. Its staff now shouts down and shuts out those who disagree. 

Senator Tom Cotton Op-Ed

The most recent revelation of the debasement of the Times began a few weeks ago with the widely publicized Senator Tom Cotton episode. His Times op-ed advocating military force where necessary to quell violent protests triggered an open revolt by a host of Times staffers, which in turn resulted in a humiliating retreat by Times management and finally the June 7 resignation of its respected Opinion Editor James Benet.

In striking contrast, just a few days ago the opinion editors of the Wall Street Journal — which, as we have noted, had earlier been made available to students along with the Times — rebuffed criticism from members of its news staff, deploring “the wave of progressive cancel culture” that has come to “nearly every other cultural, business, academic and journalistic institution.” The opinion pages, the editors declared, “will continue to publish contributors who speak their minds within the tradition of vigorous, reasoned discourse.”

Bari Weiss Resignation

Back at the Times, a month after the Cotten debacle, the prominent author and political commentator and former Wall Street Journal editor Bari Weiss resigned with a letter that has drawn widespread attention and that we reproduce in principal part below.

For ease in reading, we have not marked our elisions. The full text, which we encourage you to read, is here.

The letter most emphatically speaks for itself. See what you think of the Times’s preferred position at Notre Dame. 

Father Jenkins’s email address is Alternatively,

To the Publisher of The New York Times

July 14, 2002 

Dear A.G. [Sulzberger], 

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times. 

I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. 

I was honored to be part of that effort. But the lessons that ought to have followed the election have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist. I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are. 

I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times.

Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired.

The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people.

Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do.

I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do—the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”

Ochs’s idea is one of the best I’ve encountered. And I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing.




We commend two recent articles by Notre Dame alumni about the drive that has erupted across the cultural and economic landscape to undermine traditional values and demonize their defenders, a drive exemplified by the New York Times episodes.

The first essay, which appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, was authored by Sycamore Trust board member Katherine Kersten (’73), who has recently been described as “by far Minnesota’s best columnist and investigative reporter.” It is subtitled “The ‘woke’ movement is built on shows of ‘right thinking’ and Puritan-style intolerance’.”

The second article, “The Great Progressive Propaganda Machine,” which appeared in the estimable The Catholic Thing, was written by David Carlin (’62), a teacher, author, and commentator on issues important to Catholics.

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44 Responses to “The New York Times and Notre Dame”

  1. steve martinek '71, '74 August 20, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Let’s remeber to respect all fellow “loyalsons and daughters of Notre Dame.” None of us were raised or educated to deny Truth or proven and established facts.Most of us are commited to prayerful discernment prior to important ofr significant decisions or opinions. Some elder-alums remember the Catholic Church prior to VatII, and even emeber Notre Dame with curfews and lights-out and bed check and all guys. Professionally and politically some were exposed to major companies, almost monopolies, like IBM and Xerox, and working with or being “the man in the grey flannel suit.” Times were different. There was greater and genuine civility and compromise was not then the cpitulation to evil it has become with legal abortion and apologetics for mob hysteria,looting, riotsand violence. Personally, I thank God, we have Notre DAme men like Bill Dempsey and the men of Sycamore, and I thank God we have Archbishop Viganoand some lay champions like Michael Voris in the Catholic Church, and yes, I thank God for men like Trump and Pence and Barr and Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy, and Bill Barr. I see such men, and a few others, as inspired and commissioned by the Holy Spirit (and Our Lady, Notre Dame) to lead us the next few steps on the right pilgrim’s path for Church, School, and State. Let’s welcome and respond in good faith to any questions or rebukes by any of our brothers or sisters. Steve

  2. Shapiro. It is now abundantly clear that you are not a serious person. This is the first time that I recall that a Troll has intruded upon this fine platform. You should be fed no further. Each of your posts become increasingly dishonest and stupid. Nice try. Ciao.

  3. Steve, you have every right to deny the facts but that doesn’t make them forgotten. Facts are what we called in business, stakes in the ground that could not be changed beynew assunptions or refusal to accept.Jame Shapiro ’52

  4. steve martinek '71, '74 August 19, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Obama was the most culturally and racially divisive President in remebered history back to and including Ike. Obama was worse for teh economy and capitalism than any President including Carter. There was a unique coalescence of factors (truly a perfect storm) required to have cursed our Nation with such an ill-experienced ill-equiped initial affirmative action President. George W. Bush knew in 2006 that the economy wa set to implode and he lacked the intellect and courage to take steps necessary to moderate the impact. Thus he set the stage for Obama. McCain and Romney each “stood for office” rather than running for it–and their “civility”assured Obama’s election and re-election. In 2016 we were poised to usher into office the Shrilldebeast, and the Bush-people and most RINOs were happy to engage in a valiant futile effort to defeat her. Then, Deus ex Machina, our body politic, and our economy, and our culture was graced with an unlikely champion, who had consistently been voicing the same views and policies (as a businessman and entrepreneur–not a lobbyists’ lapdog) since the 80s–DJT. He and his family continue to sacrifice personal ease and profit for the good of the country. I endorse his every word and action–every one. The truth is similar for Bill Barr. He had no history or friendship with or loyalty to Trump. He had no political ambition. Sessions needed to leave and Barr answered the call of patriotic duty–again. Without hyperbole, James, my soul shudders to contemplate whee our nation would be today if Hillary had won–or if Biden steals the election in 2020. In either event, babes in wombs are doomed, as is religious liberty and the right to follow one’s conscience, and the judiciary would continue to “dress Left.” Rest assured, brother alum, I can handle the truth, I handle it with care and respect and appreciation, and I recognize those people who only seek to enslave and abuse it…people including the likes and ilk of all Democrat pols, the media, and many from FBI and DOJ and CIA. You have invested you personal credibility and trust with an undeserving lot of miscreants. Steve

  5. Dubree, Martinek et al. Trump’s Charlotesville comment meant what? Trump doesn’t lie, Barr doesn’t lie and Trump did not collude with the Russians. Sorry that the Senate Intelligence committee found out the real facts behind Trumps 2016 victory? Keep supporting each other in your make believe world. You may not be able to deal with the truth.

  6. Shapiro is a poster child for what is ugly at Notre Dame. All Notre Dame graduates are not arrogant elitists chained to leftist ideologies. The Charlottesville comment was typical of the current political speech being employed by the “By Any Means Necessary” mob. First of all the comment attributed to the President was dishonestly edited from his actual statement. There were fine people on both sides present. Antifa showed up and began assaulting those who had the gall to obtain a permit to assemble and voice their opinions. Their usual, typical behavior. They were there to do what they DO. Shapiro diminishes himself bringing up Charlottesville while not knowing what actually happened there that day.Shapiro paints with a broad brush to obscure the truth, suit his world view and slander those with whom he finds disagreeable. All of which is easy to do. All of which is immoral. Truth and fairness should be relevant. He reduces himself to being a propagandist. A 1952 ND graduate? Disappointing.

  7. steve martinek '71, '74 August 16, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Richard Benkendorf ’60…Indulge some unsolicited Catholic coaching. Check with Sycamre for available true CAtholic re sources, clubs, publications, and enclaves available on campus. I am assured and confident they are in place and available–even if not held in high regard by Jenkins’ PC secularist administration. Also, urge her to maintain a daily “spiritual journal” during her tenure on campus. (St. Ignatius urges conducting a personal Examen and keeping a daily journal to reflect moments of consolation or desolation and spiritual quest or growth. Beyond that, if possible, visit with her in person (or Zoom) with campus ministry so that she and they will appreciate how vital you recognize her ongoing spiritual development to be. Also, advise her to find a spiritual advisor and/or private confessor willing to meet with her perhaps weekly to chat and “sort things out” and to keep her spiritually grounded. We are ND! “…while Her loyal sons, and daughters, march on to victory.” GO IRISH! Steve ’71, ’74

  8. Richard benkendorf '60 August 16, 2020 at 11:49 am

    My grand daughter entered the university this week. I pray that she associates with and are led by Catholics that conform to the teaching of the Church rather than those whose apparent sole effort is directed to capture the almighty dollar and good will of the so called ‘Progressive’ thinking as the country and lives of the unborn are destroyed.

  9. steve martinek '71, '74 August 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Eugene Dixon ’69 MBA…Thank You. But for the strength of my Faith, it would be easy to become desolate over the tragic convergence, at this time in modern history, of fear and anxiety leading many to abandon values and personal responsibility and embrace and capitualte to evil disguised as civility and concern for others and social action–the devolution is evident in our Nation, with the Left/Dems/Media, and in our Catholic Church with Francis the Ambiguit/Apostate, and at our beloved Notre Dame with “Here’s Johnny” Jenkins. We are confident of the eventual triumph of God and Good, and Truth. Our personal mandate, beyond prayer, is to seek and recognize and endorse hard Truth–not pleasant or convenient obfuscations paraded as facts and news pursuant to an agenda of bias from the Left. Steve ’71, ’74

  10. Eugene Dixon '69MBA August 14, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Steve Martinek, I appreciate your thoughtful remarks. They are Catholic, Christian, and Patriotic.
    Sadly, James Shapiro, seemingly lacks introspection to realize the leftist ideology he voices directly contradicts the Catholic, Christian, and Patriotic values many ND graduates cherish.
    Probably best for Mr. Shapiro to hunker down at home with his mask and continue reading the NYT and watching CNN.

  11. steve martinek '71, '74 August 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    James Shapiro ’52 and all fellow alums: No fear here. Glad to correspond with and correct or lovingly rebuke fellow Domers. More to the point I want to dispel your notion that all or most Domers “dress Left.” Surely you cannot dispute it to be Catholic to voice support for the most avowedly and publically pro-life President and Vice President in the history of our nation. Surely you recognize the attacks on our religious liberty and freedoms by the Left and by the PC-gestapo. You know that Catholic institutions including schools and adoption agencies, and hospitals cannot be legally or constituionally compelled to act and teach in contradiction to Catholic values and dogma, correct? Without granting credence to discussion of specific trigger incidents, I know I would have marched in protest to the savage and illegal and immoral destruction of long-standing monuments to saints and past heroes (even of the Confederacy–who were Americans). Obama weaponized the entire intelligence and enforcement arm of his administration for political purposes to try to elect HRC, to defeat DJT, and once having failed that, gave tacit blessing and encouragement to the “Resistance Movement” by Pelosi and others. While I am tolerant of the ignorant political views of the younger generations of students and alums all of whom have been innundated and force-fed leftist, secularist, sociast propoganda from and with their pablum and porrige, I sense my chagrin at such views from an alum of your vintage is at least equal in intensity to your own. We are ND! Steve ’71, ’74

  12. James Shapiro '52 August 14, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Steve Marrtinek your post in response to my post was revealing and scary. I would not have expected any ND graduates to be such a right wing extremist. If you were younger I would expect you to have marched at Charlottesville with the fine men Trump supported. It is certainly your right to express your tthoughts but they are not Catholic thoughts perhaps evangelical that a Liberty. university alum would speak. Tell me, unless you are afraid to answer do you support Trump’s effort to interfere with the election by withholding funds for the post office.

  13. steve martinek '71, '74 August 12, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    As intelligent, educated men of Faith, we must exercise prayerful discernment to decide who and what to believe and trust. James Shapiro has chosen to trust the media, and venal political animals including: Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Weinstein, Rosenstein, Ohr, Steele, the Clintons, Lynch, Rice, Yates, Nadler, Shiff, Schumer, Pelosi, Biden and Obama. My brain,y sense, my heart, my Faith, logic will not permit me to trust any of them, or any word they may utter–ever. It is clear to me, beyond argument, that there are a few good men of integrity who truly value Nation and our historic patriotic Judeo-Christian national values over self–these men, today’s “new founders and spiritual redeemers “of our nation include men named Trump and Pence and Barr. These are not shallow venal men of personal political ambition–they are champions of America, and her values. These are men of couragge, integrity, effectiveness, and law and order. Beyond that they are men who care, especially about religious liberty under our Constituion. Many on the Left, many PC secularists and socialists see things quite differently than I do. That is surely their right, and tragically their burden. Steve ’71, ’74

  14. James Shapiro ''52 August 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Steve, I think you have been drinking the cool aid. I am going to assume that you never look at the comparisons of the US and other countries relative to the virus. Of course Dr Fausi could be wrong and 97000 children did not test positive in the last 2 weeks of July. AG Barr never lies and Trump’s lies are armless and Trump is not a racist.
    James Shapiro

  15. steve martinek '71, '74 August 11, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    James Shapiro…The lethality of the Chinese Wuhan Covid virus is minimal–properly calculated it is far under .3%. The lethality rate among those under 23 is negligible. NYT long ago abandoned journalistic integrity–prior to the era of Trump. They and all the lame-stream media fear and hate Trump for having called them all out on their Left, radical, progressive, Democrat bias–in their opinions, editorials, permitted essays, and in their “news coverage.” If those truths seem bitter, have another glass of your over-sweet kool-aid. Steve ’71, ’74

  16. I find it incredible that you are all so concerned about the NYT subscription when the NYT is one of the major sources for revealing Trump’s lies such as children are almost immune from the virus. Not only is he likely causing harm to people but he doing everything possible to end YOUR democracy!
    James Shapiro ’52

  17. Bob Griffin’57 August 11, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Notre Dame is surrendering to indoctrination not its mission of education

  18. Bob Swindeman '55 .57 August 10, 2020 at 9:24 am

    So, what comes next- the Antifa newsletter?

  19. John Riely ’81 makes an excellent point I had overlooked.

  20. Eugene Dixon '69 MBA August 9, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I concur with John T. Riely. I think we DO possess power to make our voices heard . . . at our local Alumni Club, the annual UND Night that many clubs host, class reunions, and letters to the Notre Dame Magazine. The University is very concerned with its public image. Silence = acquiescence of the status quo.

  21. john w robinson August 9, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I use to be proud to say I graduated from ND in “57. now it is necessary to apologize for the their actions. John Robinson

  22. steve martinek '71, '74 August 9, 2020 at 9:55 am

    John Riely ’81 inspires further thought and reflection. Much that is “reported’ (prhaps spread or shovelled) by the media, and pols, is neither “news” nor “fact.” Opinion polls, and statistics, are skewed from and in their genesis and biased use or “spin.”. Similarly, much that is done by “law enforceme ” bears little and tenous connection to objective enforcement of legitimate laws. (I do not include or concede the claims of systemic racism by police–which I strongly resist and reject.) Further in similarity, much that is legislated, or decided by judicial officers or tribunals, is not genuine or legitimate “law.” The liberty to purvey pornography is not the pinnacle but the perverse parody and evil abuse of the First Amendment. The “legalization” of infanticide within the womb, by 9 unelected Supremes, is a diabolical perversion of the very rights it claims to protecte and foster–privacy and concern for women. The lives and privacy of the children in utero are violently violated–not protected. There is less moral and ethical concern (in my view) for the damage to the innocents who are denied life, than for the women who are deserving of both pity and scorn for choosing to terminate not only an inconvenient child–but a huge piece of love itself from their souls.

  23. Thomas S. Radwanski August 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Tom Radwanski: Notre Dame is committing suicide. In earlier times it established itself a grand and faithful university. Its faith in God and His commandments guaranteed the “truth”. Inviting the NYT to its students and campus is an insult to its charter as a Catholic institution. Its like giving the devil the same status as Jesus, the Savior of our souls and prime protector of our religious faith and God’s true messenger!

  24. steve martinek '71, '74 August 8, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I appreciate the follow-up intel from our “Champion of Conservative Catholicism,” Bill Dempsey–a man I hold in very high regard. This episode with the NYT is, for me, mainly and merelysupplemental evidence of the pro-Left, pro-secularist, pro-PC bias of the student body generally, student government as voices for that body, and Jenkins abdicatory (or complicit) administration showing no support for balancein the ongoing current information available to our students under the Dome. That said, I do not see this as a hill to fight and die upon. I am much more outraged and umbraged that Jenkins, like Bergoglio, continue to show utter disdain for the most pro-life POTUS to date (and likely forever). Despite their offices, one the Vicar of Christ on earth charged with preserving the Faith of two millenia (and eternity), and the other charged as the nominal and actual head of Our Lady’s University, where the Catholic Church in America “does its thinking” and future true Catholic leaders (not the ilk of Kennedy, Biden, Pelosi and their ilk and minions) are to be prepared for leadership, imbued with values,andarmored to defend ongoing attacks by the Left and secularists, and socialists against Judeo0Christian values and progress. Steve ’71, ’74

    • I concur with double domer Steve Martinek, supra, that a student government led decision to drop the NYTimes into the in-boxes of ND students is not the hill to die upon. If the students can not discern Marxism from Free market capitalism they should seek full refunds of their tuition. No one should fear the exchange of ideas no matter how offensive or misguided. If memory serves it was suggested a few years ago that ND put a governor of sorts on its server so as to block pornography into campus and student computers but the intrinsically disordered Jenkins rejected the notion. That decision alone did not bother me as I figured if a 20 year old male wants to watch dirty movies Jenkins would not be able to stop him anyway. The morally obtuse Jenkins chose not, to my knowledge, opine as to the immorality of porno and the exploitative impact it has on its victims. What did bother me was the rationale provided by Jenkins who defended his inaction by suggesting the internet block on porno could stifle inquiry and faculty research. I dont think Jenkins was challenged on this absurdity and dishonesty or asked to show what faculty work was being done in the area of porno research.
      John T Riely, ND 1981

  25. Steve Martinek '71, '74 August 8, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Many of us mention flexing the “money muscle” or the “power of the purse” with Notre Dame. I suggest that economic realities in higher education have rendered that power completely impotent. I’m certain I cannot even fathom how much money flows to campus from wealthy liberal PC secularist donors, perhaps trying to buy a spot in heave, or atone for unearned lifetime profits, or merely to influence such an institution away from its Truth and righteousness. Imagine how many liberal companies (no doubt including the lame-stream media propagandists like the NYT) offer internships and eventual employment to ND students and grads. How many on our Board have strong PC and liberal and Leftist ties. How many in our Church are, like Bergoglio, socialist and communist at heart and wallet. How many want to see the US devolve to third-world parity–because that would be more equitable and just and fair to mankind? How many believe that it is wrong and ungenerous and anti-Christian to tell the 2% who feel and indulge same sex attraction that it is surely deviant from the norm and historically considered an abomination? Look at the size of the ND endowment and investment portfolio. Though less than Harvard, it is in the billions. Then look at the semi-pro football program and licensing income, annually. Both those “programs” rely upon the largesse and benefits of Left, liberal, secualr, PC companies, entities and individuals. Who among our small cohort of conservative Catholics can afford to write a large enough check to counter-balance billions? Any of us? All of us in concert? No, our only hopes and avenues are prayer to Our Lady and stalwart men and groups like Dempsey and Sycamore. And, in my view, we need to take a realistic or fatalistic view that we will never achieve victory, except in the end, in the final battle. Only in those days will the lustre return to the Golden Dome to truly honor Our Lady, Notre Dame. Still, WE are ND!!! Steve ’71, ’74

    • John T Riely, ND, 1981 August 9, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      The familiar alumni refrain of withholding financial support from the alma mater is heard regularly and in my experience in two distinct contexts: i) when it is time to change the coach; and, ii) when a university takes a position or invites a speaker to campus whose values would appear to be in stark contrast to the values purportedly espoused by the university. There are very few places where football and faith hold a distinct grasp on the alumni more than at ND. It is undeniably true that most of us make year end contributions to the alma mater that do not move the financial needle at ND at all. However, that is not the point. A few yrs ago an old teammate of mine at ND realized that when we returned to ND for our track team reunion we were asked to pay $35.00 via credit card for our rubber chicken dinner. When the credit card bill arrived the next month, the debt was to the ND development office. ND didnt care about the cost of the dinner, they wanted to and did consider that an alumni contribution to ND and that is one of the factors rating institutions like US News and World Report use to rank universities. The higher the alumni contribution level, the higher the university ranking So every time you go to a reunion or no doubt many other ND event you are being counted as happy, contributing alumni context and happy with the direction of the school. So there is some leverage in exercising the financial muscle even if most of us are financial weaklings.

  26. Alumni money is helping to pay for the NY Times for students? Not mine. I give to specific parts of Notre Dame that are upholding Catholic ethics and tradition, such as the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, and provide no funds to be apportioned by this administration.

  27. Deeply concerning. However, before I charge off to make my protestations, I’d feel a little more on solid ground if I knew some more of the story. The Wall Street Journal has an online subscription. Was this option considered and did student government specifically reject the WSJ and insist on exclusivity for the NY Times? Did they put anything in writing? Was there a significant cost factor involved? Since I’m hardly a progressive, when arguing a point I do not have the privilege of creating truth simply by making a statement. It helps to know.

    • Here’s what we have, Mr. Sargatz, which I suggest is quite enough to call upon the university to do something about it. As the sources linked to our report show, student government over the years has entered into various arrangements with, first, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and then the Times alone, to provide, first, a number of print copies of both papers available in the dining halls, then just print copies of the Times with some online access, and finally free online access to the Times for all students. Student government negotiated with the Times with an eye toward keeping some print copies but settled for only online access, for a saving of $7,000.00. The final cost was not reported. There is no suggestion that student government contacted the Journal or any other puiblication. See, , and . Both the Times and the Journal offer group rates to universities to provide student access. and For a balanced approach, see, e.g., Fairfield University’s provision of student access to the Times, the Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education . If the Student Government account couldn’t fund a Wall Street Journal group subscription, the 8th richest university in the country ought to be able to manage it.

  28. The UND ‘s Student Government obviously is hostile to the concept of truth, fairness and intellectual discourse. They fear it. The Student Body apparently shares these qualities. That is a reflection of the University itself and their experiences with it. ND will continue to destroy their faith and churn out malformed minds until authentic Catholic leadership is restored. It really IS, in the end, that simple.

  29. Kevin M O'Neill August 7, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you for making us aware of the mass NY Times distribution at our beloved university. This once great newspaper, now sadly for the most part a propaganda machine posing as a legitimate news source, should be made available to our students just as any and all other news sources should be. To single out one without any regard to others goes against what we were taught at Notre Dame. Be curious, discuss, read, listen, and above all respect the opinions of those who may differ from you. In my time at ND I always respected the true liberals because of their being open to discuss and to learn. Now, sadly, the “my way or the highway” mentality is all too prevalent. I applaud Bari Weiss’ courage to stand up and share what she experienced instead of simply being the “good little soldier” who does and says what she is told.

    Kevin O’Neill – Class of 1974

  30. The Student Government’s decision to go with New York Times exclusively seems to be based on the criterion of online versus paper. So, does that mean that ANY online source is preferable without consideration of it’s content, relevance or contribution to the Catholic Mission & identity of the university?
    There has been a war on paper for some time now under the assumption that paper is a problem for the environment. Putting aside the facts that paper is both recyclable & biodegradable, the more important criteria are what are the students reading? Focusing on a faulty sense of environmental consciousness while ignoring the pollution of students’ education & Catholic formation is fool hardy.
    Are there no faculty mentors/advisors, approval processes at ND? Appropriate student guidance is the job of university leaders.
    Unless leaders are careful to safeguard the Catholic Mission & identity, that will be lost.
    The true leaders are those from Sycamore Trust who are attempting to right the ship at ND.
    To help, I respectfully request as a first step, leaders & students be given some homework: Read Ex Corde Ecclesiae. There doesn’t seem to be an understanding of what a Catholic university is. When leaders & students understand that, their future decisions/actions can be focused & justified based on how such actions are consistent with & add value to the Catholic Mission & identity of the university.
    ND is in my daily prayers.

  31. Brendon Johnson '97 August 7, 2020 at 11:49 am

    We must also pray for loyal clergy in the CSC – truly loyal and faithful to Tradition and the Magesterium. We need more priests like Fr. Miscamble and Fr. Rousseau. I’ve added a St. Michael and binding prayer to the Rosary to cast out evil from our Lady’s University. I just simply don’t understand how far from Truth ND has gone….Fr. Jenkins was not a relativist modernist when he was active in campus ministry in the 90s. It’s a wonder that the CSC and the entire university have not been corrected or even something close to admonishment…if we turn to the Catechism of Trent, ND and Fr. Jenkins would have been excommunicated long ago.

  32. Notre Dame disappoints again.

  33. Frank Mashuda ND 68 August 7, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I am in agreement with Gene Dixon. Stop the donations and do it publicly. “Adopt” and fund a real Catholic college and publicly assist it. All of the MBA’s and “brand managers” on the university staff will take notice. I suggest we even petition to change the University’s name out of respect and devotion to Mary.

  34. steve martinek '71, '74 August 7, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Dr. Tom, May I offer a few words that may bring consolation? For many of us, our mission and mandate is limited as that of historic “beacon tenders.” We try to keep the windows clean and the torch or light lit and bright–but we are not called to row out to each passing ship and show them each rock or shallow or peril–that is on them. We have been gifted and graced with Faith–from the Holy Spirit, from within, from our parents and our upbringing (and many of us from what we witnessed and experienced on campus). We can and must live our faith–but we cannot truly give our faith to any who are unwilling or un-ready to receive it (even beloved or treasured family and friends). We can explain it to them (if asked) but we cannot understand it for them.Our mortal time is but an instant, even our friends and families (and beloved isntitutions like Notre Dame) are transitory components of our instantaneous existences. Once we are in Heaven we will not long remember, regret, or mourn those people and institutions who and which turned away from God and Our Lady. For us, they simply “won’t be.” Steve

  35. NYT “All the news that’s fit to be bullshit!”

  36. Thanks be to God that the light of truth is being shown on the current path that our beloved Notre Dame is on. The sad part is that we have so few Catholics today who will seek and defend the truth of Christ and prefer “not to make waves”. This so called tolerance is pathetic and shows how little courage we have today that we do not even object, or question in ANY way shape or form anti-Christian behavior or principles of behavior. This only shows that we are less and less Christian and more and more into self serving humanism and unfortunately it is being taught at MANY of our universities today. It especially hurts when it is being taught, witnessed by and thru, at a once strongly Christian. God help us. We are being shown the truth, now what are we going to do about it? Tolerating it and looking the other way, is not the way of Christ, not the Christ I believe in and love.

  37. steve martinek '71, '74 August 7, 2020 at 8:27 am

    The comment from WJ strikes a chord–I feel the sad resignation to the reality of modernity. It is true of many once exceptional institutions: UND; USA; Catholic Church, political parties, intellectual circles, liberalism, conservatism. All seem to ahve abandoned and now deny trulths and values we all once learned and embraced and built upon. Today those values are routinely denounced–as are we. Much as I am ashamed of what Notre DAme (and the other institutions) have devolved into–to any extent they give me or us a plassing thought, they are embarrassed to admit we earned degrees and were once main-stream alums, CAtholics, Americans, or voters. “They” have not only moved the goal-posts and changed the truths we once learned, and they do not only have contempt for such ideas, they also hold us in disdain for “clinging” to our bibles and guns–and to Truth. Our Faith impels us to pray earnestly and fervently for a reversion to FAith and Truth of such as these, men like Jenkins and heretics like Biden and Bergoglio. In Faith, and sad humility, Steve ’71, ’74

  38. Aug 2020 – Thank you for the continued focused spotlight on ND actions of which we would not be aware without your efforts. Just last evening I was lamenting with my spouse that ND is no longer the ‘Notre Dame’ we knew, lived and loved. You and others are correct – under the so-called ‘leadership’ of the last two administrations the University we loved has become nothing more than ‘just one more’ left-leaning college and money-focused ivory tower research university (with emphasis on the lowercase ‘u’). The NYT action is just one more painful example of two key points: 1) the inmates have taken over the asylum, students are dictating to teachers; and, 2) an ND education is rapidly becoming more of an indoctrination than an education. My choice remains – keep the Faith as best I can, let ND go and pray for them. My best to all at ST and its readers/followers, my God bless you all. Our Lady pray for us. Thank you. WJ, class of ’70

  39. Steve Martinek August 7, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Personally, I have no use and less respect for NYT. WSJ seems more balanced yet I drifted away from reading it. Clearly the lame-stream media strives to maintain a “swampish” disdain for journalistic integrity. I can no longerenjoy FOX, as they often stoop to the tactics regularly employed by the Left. I’d like to claim I have turned to Scripture, instead–and I do read passages regularly–but that is more my source of cosmic , rather than current, news. In my view, this story is merely the report of one more pus-filled boil on our beloved Alma Mater, showing her pervasive infection with the virus of Secular Leftism. Consider for a moment that millions of students have incurred over a trillion dollars in debt to receive biased and inept education at virtually all colleges, including Notre Dame. Tragic. Steve

  40. Best response to ND is denial of $$$ gifts . . . action speaks, words only fall on deaf ears.

  41. Thank you.

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