The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, was established in 1842 under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary and dedicated to her as Our Lady of The Lake (the institution’s full name translated from the native French of its founders, the Congregation of the Holy Cross).
Today, September 12, is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Until the 1970 upheaval of the liturgical calendar that reduced this date from a feast day of the third class to an “optional memorial,” it might have been expected that on this date the University would have engaged in joyful and reverent celebration of its patron’s name day.
This afternoon at 5:30, the President, Law School, and Student Government of the University of Notre Dame are sponsoring and promoting a public speaking appearance by pro-abortion, anti-marriage Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. Against this outrage, not so much as a whisper has been heard from the Congregation of the Holy Cross, the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, or anyone else of authority in the Church in the United States or elsewhere.
We ask our readers to join us in prayer at that hour—perhaps, if possible, at Holy Mass or at a chapel of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—in reparation for this evening’s blasphemy, and in petition to her whose intercession stays God’s just punishment of the myriad, continual infidelities and blasphemies toward Jesus Christ, the living and true God of life, and his Blessed Mother by ourselves, our nation and its notionally “pro-life” and “pro-marriage” Catholic establishment.
Sancta Maria, refugium peccatorum, ora pro nobis!