Buttigieg Resurrected at Notre Dame

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 30, 2020   

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The University of Notre Dame is giving former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and failed Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg a one-year appointment to the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS). The appointment as a faculty fellow begins this fall.

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William Dempsey

The NDIAS is a multi-disciplinary, academic entity within the university that provides a place for visiting scholars, Notre Dame faculty, graduate students and undergraduates to pursue and discuss research that advances "understanding of pressing issues that affect our ability to lead valuable, meaningful lives." 

The Institute's research theme for the coming year is the nature of trust. The university announced that "Buttigieg will work on two research projects at the NDIAS: one that explores how to restore trust in political institutions and another that considers the forces distinctively shaping the 2020s."

Appointment 'Undermining' to Catholicism

Clarifying that he was speaking only for himself, William Dempsey, a '52 Notre Dame graduate and chairman of the Sycamore Trust, an organization whose mission is "to protect the school's formative heritage — its Catholic identity and its sustaining relationship to the Church," told Church Militant the appointment of Buttigieg is "worse than the university's recognition of former president Barack Obama and vice president Biden." 

Dempsey explained his thinking: "Obama was president, after all, and Biden was both vice president and a long-time senator. Who is Pete Buttigieg? He was a two-term mayor with a mediocre record from a small, Midwestern city. He had nowhere near the career of either Obama or Biden." 

Buttigieg's 'partner' will be given spousal benefits as a part of the Notre Dame community, teaching undergraduates.

Dempsey points out that Buttigieg's signature identity, the anchor of his public image, is same-sex "marriage." "And not just same-sex marriage, but same-sex marriage's compatibility with Christianity."

Dempsey says "Buttigieg's 'partner' will be given spousal benefits as a part of the Notre Dame community, teaching undergraduates. His presence will radically still the voices who would teach Catholic doctrine and will radically undermine anyone who dares teach authentic Catholicism."

Buttigieg's Family Background

Buttigieg comes from a family of academics. Both parents were, according to the university press release, "long-serving members of the Notre Dame faculty." His father, Joseph Buttigieg, was a self-identified Marxist who taught modern European literature and literary theory.

 

According to reporting in the Washington Examiner, the elder Buttigieg, along with two other authors, wrote a paper in 2000 for leftist academic journal Rethinking Marxism in which they referred to "the Marxist project to which we subscribe."

Buttigieg's parents had him baptized as a Catholic and sent him to Catholic schools. He now attends an Episcopal Church with his so-called "husband."

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Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS

Notre Dame's Acceptance of Homosexuality

The University of Notre Dame has been working slowly but persistently toward full acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.

As Church Militant has previously reported, the university has had a gender studies program since 1988. While not openly promoting the homosexual lifestyle, gender studies programs walk hand-in-hand with the homosexual community. It was established in the early days of former president "Monk" Malloy's tenure and is now a firmly entrenched part of the university's curriculum. Sarah Mustillo, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, is a graduate of the university's gender studies program, although the university at first denied it when approached for confirmation from Church Militant.

In 2019, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's (GALA-ND/SMC) awarded its biannual LGBTQ Leadership Awards to Pete Buttigieg — then South Bend, Indiana mayor — Notre Dame law alumnus John Sullivan and pro-gay priest Fr. James Martin.

On the alumni level, a 2003 Notre Dame graduate in Houston became troubled when he saw gay pride events being promoted on the Houston Alumni Club website. Confused, he wrote Ellie Kuhns, Club Program Director for the Notre Dame Alumni Association and inquired: "I'm curious if Notre Dame Alumni Association supports gay pride and posts like the attached. Trying to teach my daughter what Catholicism is all about and would love some clarification on this. Obviously it presents some confusion."

Trying to teach my daughter what Catholicism is all about and would love some clarification on this. Obviously it presents some confusion.

What he got in return was the "thank you for your e-mail" party-line message repeating the university's official position on inclusion. "The Notre Dame Alumni Association respects the dignity and worth of all of our alumni. As stated in the University's Spirit of Inclusion at Notre Dame, 'we strive for a spirit of inclusion' and value all members of our community."

Curious, the Houston grad began to nose around on other Notre Dame alumni club Facebook pages, where he found more references to gay pride activities. In a private conversation with his wife, the Texan said they discussed cutting and pasting the section of the catechism that addresses homosexuality. They decided against it, saying if he'd done it, "I would have been killed [in the comments]."  

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