Notre Dame feels political heat again: “Generally the faculty are not friendly toward retaining the Catholic character of the school”

“What happens to Notre Dame is crucial in terms of what happens to all religious colleges in the country,” William Dempsey said. “We wonder if it’s going to turn into another Georgetown,” referring to the more liberal Jesuit-run Georgetown University, founded in 1789. Notre Dame Law School professor Charles E. Rice, author of the newly published “What Happened to Notre Dame?” critiquing the invitation to Mr. Obama, said the PSA trip has caused “not a ripple on campus.” Despite the school’s reputation, based on such iconic images as “Touchdown Jesus” and the 1940 film “Knute Rockne: All-American,” its character has changed, he wrote, partly due to the number of Catholic professors dropping from 80 percent in the 1970s to 53 percent now. “Generally the faculty,” he said Thursday, “are not friendly toward retaining the Catholic character of the school.”