Today I read an article called "Whats Wrong with Notre Dame Football?". In it the author lists a few reasons that the school may be having huge problems with it's football programs. Gary Andrew Poole does not lay total blame with the coaching turnovers of late, and he does put a bit of emphasis on this years coach, Charlie Weis, who was fired Monday afternoon. The poor Irish.
The article also includes as possible reasons a more secular society, a more competitive recruiting environment, and ND's very tough admission requirements. Of course, the author also mentions the church's child abuse scandals, and that 1 in 5 Catholic schools in this country have closed up shop in the last decade.
While I do agree with all of these as good valid reasons why the program is failing, and the Catholic parochial "feeder" system is in trouble, I would like to submit another thesis. Let me start by saying that I am not of the Catholic faith. I have many friends and relatives who are, and a wife who was basically raised in that church. But I am no expert on the comings and going of the church.
I believe that there is a major problem at work here. The Catholic church has been infiltrated. Take a look at some of the blogs and comments just on little old AR. Read up on the Kennedys' and their religious views. Many practicing Catholics agree that abortion is OK. Whether or not abortion is legal or illegal, or good or bad, is a topic for another day. The leader of the Catholic Church has decreed that it is against God's word. Pretty basic summation. Anyone who is a member of the Church is supposed to follow the Pope's decrees to the letter. I am pretty sure that as a member one is not entitled to free speech when it comes to disagreeing with the Pope. My uneducated thinking anyways.
In any group, when you have disagreement in the ranks, there is going to be trouble. And trouble is dividing the Catholic Church. And divisiveness is taking power away from the organization. The end result, in my opinion, is a possible total failing of the church. And that is what some in this country are trying very hard to accomplish.
One more thing. I believe that many of those who are trying to help the church fail, are, in fact, members of the church.
Here is the article link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20091201/us_time/08599194356000
Maybe some Catholic folks here on AR can straighten me out.