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By Paul Murano, Church Militant, July 21, 2021

Assault on Catholic truth



Fifty-four years ago today began a small retreat in the remote place of Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.

It would change the Church and the world.

At the bequest of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, then-president of Notre Dame University, 26 people signed a document that declared academic freedom from Church authority. It was, in essence, Catholic academia’s declaration of independence from the Magisterium of the Church.

Fr. William Leahy, Boston College president: “It’s too bad that it was called ‘a true autonomy’ rather than ‘a necessary autonomy.'” …

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