The 1967 Land O’Lakes conference statement on the modernization of Catholic universities made Americanism and Modernism a focus for Catholicism, eventually disconnecting the colleges and universities from the Catholic Church, as we see now.
As Newbusters.org pointed out, Kenneth Woodward, before drooling all over his keyboard or going under the table in an Obamagasm, should have engaged in a little full-disclosure by letting everyone know that HIS SON IS ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT FOR MARKETING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME.
Also, as regards, the permanently-dissenting, full-time Democrat apologist Michael Sean Winters at America, what I like to do everytime America sends me a subscription offer is print up my little essay on Winters, stick it inside the envelope whose postage America is paying for, and mail it pack to them.
I know, just a small handfull of sand at the big old American Catholic Church machine . . . but it feels good.
For more detail on exactly what happened and why, I recommend:
The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing by E. Michael Jones
Americanism? Wouldn’t that imply that Notre Dame’s version of Catholicism is somehow a uniquely American one? I daresay abortion is neither unique to America nor an universally American institution or value.
Americanism isn't what it used to be. It used to be very much aligned with Catholic morality, but not anymore.
It was good to see that Leo XIII recognized the blight in its early stages. It's unfortunate that the blight has persisted and expanded.
Excellent analysis. I have referred to it as the protestantization of the Catholic Church in America, but the term Americanization is more accurate.
The fruit of this error is relativism, because a protestant culture, by its very nature, is multiple choice.
In a relativist society all sets of beliefs, regardless how opposed they might be, are considered valid, whereas in a truly Catholic culture moral truths are universal.
I believe it was Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung of Viet Nam who, after being told how we were praying so hard for Catholics in Viet Nam who were under oppression said that it was us who needed prayers since our souls were at much greater risk because of the culture of death we are mainstreamed into. Notre Dame is ample evidence of that.