The Orwellian World of Catholic Higher Education

In 1990, Pope John Paul II released Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the papal document defining the centrality of Catholic higher education. Its title translated as “from the heart of the Church,” the document called for Catholic colleges to be faithful to their Catholic mission and accountable to their local bishops. Fiercely resisted by many Catholic college presidents and faculty members, who viewed Ex Corde Ecclesiae as a threat to their academic freedom, it took more than 10 years to implement. Last month, the Office of the Secretariat of Education at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released what they called The Final Report for the Ten Year Review of the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States.

Unfortunately, the Ten Year Review provides almost no information about the progress that has been made in implementing the papal document on the 230 Catholic campuses throughout the country. Rather than providing facts about the implementation, the Ten Year Review is a one-page, self-congratulatory, platitudinous document that lauds “ongoing dialogue” and a “spirit of collaboration,” but says almost nothing about what is really happening in Catholic higher education. In fact, any Catholic who has been paying attention to the culture and curricula on many of these campuses can be forgiven if he felt like he had stepped into a chapter of George Orwell’s 1984 when reading a recent headline in the National Catholic Reporter, which proclaimed: “Bishops, colleges find good collaboration in Ex Corde review.” That same Catholic must have been even more surprised to read a headline in Our Sunday Visitor that claimed: “Progress seen in boosting Catholic identity on campuses.”

Good collaboration with bishops? Boosting Catholic identity? For faithful Catholics, it must have seemed like just yesterday there was yet another serious scandal on a Catholic campus. That is because it was just yesterday. In fact, this month alone included a long list of scandals on Catholic campuses. Leading the list are the annual productions of The Vagina Monologues, most scheduled on or around Valentine’s Day. This year, performances of the play were held on 12 Catholic campuses, up from nine last year; among other things, the play favorably portrays homosexual relations, adult-child sex, and abortion.

Beyond these annual events, on many Catholic campuses students can get class credit through internships at Planned Parenthood, serving as clinic escorts. Pro-abortion speakers and promoters of same-sex marriage continue to be honored on many campuses. On Friday, February 15, Providence College hosted a lecture by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) despite his 100 percent pro-abortion voting record in the Senate. Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas recently became the first Catholic school in Texas to revise its student handbook to protect transgendered students, faculty, and staff of the university from discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Last semester, dozens of Catholic campuses  celebrated Gay Awareness Month in October, as well as National Coming Out Day on October 11, with many  campuses—as the University of Notre Dame has done in the past—constructing “coming out closets” on campus to encourage students to “come out” as gay or lesbian. At Notre Dame’s Coming Out Day celebration a few years ago, students were invited to “eat rainbow cupcakes, and come out of a giant glittery closet.” Other schools, including the University of San Diego, Santa Clara University, and DePaul University, held “Drag Queen Shows” replete with professional drag queens and cross-dressing students.

It is unlikely that there was any collaboration between San Francisco’s archbishop and the University of San Francisco when Vincent Pizzuto was selected to chair the Department of Theology and Religious Studies Department in 2012. Pizzuto was “ordained” a priest in 2006 in the Celtic Christian Church, which is not in communion with Rome. His church’s website states that Pizzuto has presided at same-sex weddings, and his published work—including “God Has Made it Plain to Them: An Indictment of Rome’s Hermeneutic of  Homophobia,” in the Winter 2008 edition of Biblical Theology Bulletin—is openly critical of Catholic teachings. Still, Pizzuto not only teaches Catholic theology at USF, he also heads the theology department—supervising other theology professors in the department who are teaching Catholic theology. It is difficult to believe that USF and the presiding bishop are working collaboratively in implementing Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Just a few months ago in November, Princeton philosopher Peter Singer, the world’s most prominent promoter of infanticide, was the main attraction at a Fordham University conference titled “Conference with Peter Singer: Christians and Other Animals, Moving the Conversation Forward.”

These are just a few of the most recent Catholic-campus scandals on the long list from the past decade. The most noteworthy of them all was the University of Notre Dame’s honoring the most pro-abortion US president in history at the school’s commencement ceremony in 2009. The scandals continue—despite protestations by presiding bishops. During the Notre Dame commencement scandal, the recently deceased Bishop John D’Arcy, then the bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, publicly pleaded with Notre Dame administrators to reverse their decision to honor President Obama. But his pleas were ignored. In fact, things became so contentious between the bishop and the university that Bishop D’Arcy boycotted the Notre Dame graduation. “A bishop must teach the Catholic faith in season and out of season, and he teaches not only by his words but by his actions,” Bishop D’Arcy wrote; he was joined by 83 other bishops in expressing their disapproval of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Obama. This was not the first time objections from the South Bend bishop went unheeded. Back in 2006, Bishop D’Arcy protested Notre Dame’s annual productions of The Vagina Monologues.

There was no collaboration between the bishops and the president of Notre Dame on granting an honorary degree to President Obama. There was no “meaningful dialogue” on The Vagina Monologues between Bishop D’Arcy and Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president. My book Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education documents dozens of examples of bishops being disrespected and ignored by the administration and the faculty on Catholic college campuses. So, why are the headlines in the National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor touting the “good collaboration” between bishops and Catholic college presidents during the past decade?

The answer is simple. The National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor were reporting what the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops provided for them to report. The USCCB provided a one-page report which claimed that the relationship between the US bishops and Catholic colleges has led to “increased cooperation over the last decade.” Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, current chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education of the USCCB, issued the report without any data—even anecdotal data—supporting its assertions. The report simply stated in almost Orwellian language: “Bishops reported that they believe our institutions of Catholic higher education have made definite progress in advancing Catholic identity…the relationship between bishops and presidents on the local level can be characterized as positive and engaged, demonstrating progress on courtesy and cooperation in the last ten years.… Clarity about Catholic identity among college and university leadership has fostered substantive dialogues and cultivated greater mission-driven practices across the university.”

Orwellian doublespeak
In Orwell’s dystopia, as the truth becomes uncomfortable, facts are redefined—or sometimes removed—by the Office of the Ministry of Truth. This new version of the “truth” is then disseminated by the Office of the Ministry of Propaganda. While this is not to suggest that the USCCB has become the Catholic Church’s Ministry of Truth, it is difficult not to conclude that the Ten Year Review of the Implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae provides readers with absolutely no information about what is really happening at Catholic colleges and universities. In fact, the report says nothing about campus problems in the past except to claim that despite the progress that has been made, “there is still work to be done.”

To understand how such a vacuous report could be disseminated by the USCCB, one has to go back to November 14, 2010, when the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education approved a 10-year review of the application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States. Headed by Most Rev. Thomas Curry, then an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, the Committee on Catholic Education set the goals and the guidelines for the 10-year review. (Curry recently resigned as bishop in the wake of the release of documents showing that he deliberately and knowingly took steps to conceal the abuse of children from law enforcement and to protect abusive priests.)

The guidelines for the 10-year review guaranteed that no data of substance would be collected or analyzed to determine effectiveness. Rather than collecting data to assess effectiveness and progress toward meeting the goals of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the committee stated that the purpose of the review was to “provide a reference tool for both bishops and presidents of Catholic institutions.” Rather than collecting specific information that could be quantified and analyzed, the review was to simply consist of a “conversation between a bishop and each university president within his diocese.” In lieu of collecting facts to inform a report that would assess progress toward goals, the review was described by Bishop Curry and his committee as “not a report, but rather an opportunity for a bishop and a president to meet and discuss the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States.”

It was anticipated that “this 10-year review, modeled on the five-year review of 2006, will occur in a spirit of ecclesial communion and will yield an appreciation of the positive developments and remaining challenges in our collaborative efforts to ensure the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae in the United States.” Rather than a real assessment, the purpose of the review was identified as simply providing an opportunity for the bishops and the presidents to talk with one another—to “dialogue.” The words “dialogue” and “conversation” are used frequently in the one-page report on the 10-year review, as were “positive” and “progress.” The reviewers also promise “continued dialogue…for greater cooperation in advancing the mission of the Church.”

What the original committee identified as a key element of the review was providing a way for bishops to “share their reflections with one another at USCCB regional meetings.” Once these “reflections” were shared, the minutes of the discussions at all the regional meetings would be compiled by staff and presented to the president of the USCCB. Beyond that, there was never a mechanism created to share any of the outcomes of these conversations with any other stakeholders—including donors, faculty, students, parents, and other Catholics interested in the progress that is being made on their Catholic campuses. The review was never intended to be disseminated beyond a one-page document that offers no specifics on the current state of Catholic colleges and universities.

In a phone conversation with Catholic World Report (CWR) on Thursday, February 7, 2013, Sr. John Mary Fleming, the new executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Catholic Education, helped put the report into context by saying that the 10-year review was “never designed to be an attempt to assess the past.” And although Sr. Fleming acknowledged that “the relationship between the bishops and the college presidents was fractured in the past,” she spoke optimistically about the future, lauding the bishops for “focusing on how they can reach out to create a culture of communion and support.” Acknowledging that challenges do remain, Sr. Fleming pointed to the one sentence within the report admitting that “there is still work to be done.” Sr. Fleming also pointed to the formation of a group of bishops and college presidents who will be working under Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, the current chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education. According to Bishop McFadden, the working group will “continue the dialogue about strategic subjects on a national level.”

According to the USCCB website, the working group will begin gathering “information on best practices, will offer suggestions for local conversation, and, as needed, develop resources.” Once again, the website says nothing about whether the review will involve collecting data to assess goals, objectives, or activities to meet the requirements of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Yet, any undergraduate student in public policy or social research knows that one cannot adequately assess the effectiveness of a program without systematically collecting and analyzing quantifiable data. Conversations alone will not do it.

It is difficult to know whether anyone at the USCCB has the will to do something about the problems with Catholic higher education—especially if they are unwilling even to attempt a real assessment of those problems. In a recent conversation with a professor at a high-profile Catholic university, he lamented the lack of leadership displayed by the bishops. “For years I’ve upheld and defended Church teaching and have criticized the failure of this school’s leaders to do the same, to the point of hurting my career,” he told CWR. “But when my bishop won’t address the serious problems here, and the bishops at large won’t do anything, I wonder: why even bother?”

The Cardinal Newman Society has helped to document some of these problems. But, more importantly, the organization has identified (in the Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College) more than two dozen Catholic colleges (out of the country’s 230) that demonstrate that a strong Catholic identity can be created, revitalized, and maintained. The bishops could have highlighted some of the successes of these schools in their review. But, that would have required them to look at what was actually happening on Catholic campuses.

Among faithful Catholics monitoring the situation, there has been great optimism that Sr. Fleming, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, will begin to turn things around for Catholic education. She will have to find out what is happening on these campuses through a real assessment that quantifies goals, objectives, and activities—not just through “dialogue” with those who will tell her what they want her to know. Whether Sr. Fleming will be able to accomplish this through the intractable offices of the USCCB remains to be seen.

Editor’s note: This essay first appeared February 20, 2013 in Catholic World Report and is reprinted with permission.

Anne Hendershott


Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education; The Politics of Abortion; and The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books). She is also the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church (2013).

  • Let’s face it, if we Catholics are going to wait around for the bishops and those working for the USCCB to carry out the needed reforms of important sectors of Church life like higher education, we are going to have to wait a long, long time. Rather, reform it is going to have to be accomplished by the laity.
    This means mobilizing the base of orthodox Catholics via communication tools like the internet and financially supporting only those sectors of the Church that actually carry out Her mission to evangelize. It means not sending our children to colleges that clearly do not reflect Catholic teachings and choosing colleges favorably reviewed by the Newman Guide. It means using our charitable donations, not for USCCB projects, but to advance the mission of the Church in areas where its impact is effective.
    The bishops clearly have no collective interest in tackling the problem of Catholic higher education head-on. They will one day have to give an accounting for their governance of the Church. Instead, individual bishops will need to be supported – bishops like Robert Vasa in Santa Rosa who has recently required all teachers in his Cathoilc schools to sign a statement of support for all the Catholic Church teaches. When he was bishop in Oregon, he required the same of all who hold parish ministries in his diocese – from lectors to Extraordinary MInisters of Holy Communion. There is no record of any other bishop requiring this. So, let’s not continue to expect anything positive to ever come out of the USCCB. Instead, the laity must lead the way and support individual bishops in any way they can to lead the charge against modern-day heresy in the Church.

  • One additional point: If any one bishop wanted to get the ball moving on Catholic colleges and universities respecting Church teachings and take their part in fulfilling the Church mission to convert the world to Christ, all he needs to do is the following:
    Every Fall, instruct that the names of those 24 CATHOLIC colleges appearing in the Newman Guide be printed in EVERY parish weekend bulletin, as well as in the diocesan newspaper and on all parish and diocesan websites, along with his endorsement. The pagan Catholic colleges will cry “foul” but before long when applications drop in number and alumni donations plummet as well, there will be immediate action taken to reform.

    • Scott Waddell

      I like this idea. And I think we are already seeing application/alumni drops in the lesser prestigious colleges. There was a recent article about Cincinnati’s Xavier University trying to come up with plans to make money in the face of massive debt. Becoming authentically Catholic was not on the list. So I guess it is going to take financial ruin before they figure out that maybe, just maybe, guys like Fr. Ken Overspong…err…Overberg, who continues to deny the atoning sacrifice of Our Lord, are part of the problem.

  • Alecto

    Many Catholics suspect, but cannot prove that the majority of American bishops and priests are homosexuals. I view nuns with suspicion, too. What does anyone believe they’re capable of accomplishing? This infiltration of the priesthood, the hierarchy and subsequent degradation of authentic Catholic doctrine at these institutions is a natural consequence. The USCCB is nothing more than a mutual admiration society comprised of members who enjoy prancing around in front the cameras, and demonstrating false piety. Good Catholics see right through them and ignore them because they have lost any and all moral authority they ever possessed. I don’t want those people involved in Catholic education or anywhere near any children, young adults or men thinking about the priesthood. They’re a bunch of perverts.

    Until the Vatican is serious about rooting out homosexuals in the priesthood, the convents are emptied of Sr. Mary Lesbian, the perversion on campus will never stop. Why is this so obvious to me and not to others? Considering we just lost the one pope who actually took action against bad priests, bad bishops and tried his best to clean things up, I have little hope the clergy will ever represent any small aspect of the purity of Jesus Christ.

    • Tony

      I don’t believe that most Catholic priests are homosexual. I think in fact that most are not — it’s just that it seems that most are, because of the tremendous lot of trouble they cause. Which shouldn’t surprise us — because we are at the very least talking about a severe psychological disorder; and people who are sick in one way are often sick in other ways too, or maybe it’s more accurate to say that sick people manifest the sickness in several ways at once. But this is more than a psychological disorder; it’s a moral disorder, and that means that we should expect actions from them that are consistent with a deep compulsion or inclination towards a deeply immoral behavior.

      • Bono95

        I agree, and I just thought of this. People who admit their SSA are referred to as “coming out of the closet.” That phrase strongly implies hiding and fear, so does that mean that gays who stay “hidden” or wait to “come out” display homophobia?

        • Phil

          Yup – it’s called internalized homophobia.

          • Alecto

            Let’s make up more words to go with the fictional victim class.

            • Phil

              That’s just the terminology.

              • I’m afraid of my neighbor’s pet boxer because it’s chased me before. That doesn’t make me a dog, does it?

    • Phil

      Your notion that the presence of homosexuals in the priesthood weakens it contradicts Catholic teachings which stress the difference between sin and inclination. As long as priests do not practice homosexuality you cannot hold their inclinations against them.
      Your aversion to them is pure bigotry.

      • Augustus

        Let’s be honest for once about homosexuality and stop the name calling. The vast majority of priests involved in the sex scandals in the Church were gay. This is why the Congregation for Catholic Education restricted the ordination of homosexuals in 2005. While it is uncommon for priests to preach about sexual morality from the pulpit–mostly due to discomfort that would result among members of the congregation–it is doubly unlikely that homosexual priests will preach about it. Not only that, they have and will actively question the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Gay priests often, though not always, act as a fifth column in the Church, undermining teaching from within. The inclination is not a sin because sinfulness involves an act of the will. But far too often, homosexual priests act on that inclination and it has had devastating results.

      • Alecto

        You’re darn right I have an aversion to them, but it isn’t bigotry, it’s sanity, if not superior morality. If I wouldn’t leave my money in the custody of a con artist, why would I leave my children in the custody of a molester in the making? There is nothing wholesome, trustworthy or attractive about homosexuality. And, you are a specious derelict for perverting the truth!

        • Phil

          We are not discussing priests who molest children, who would not be tolerated in any circumstance. We are discussing all homosexual priests, most of whom who agree with you that it is not wholesome, trustworthy, or attractive. Why would you bar men from the priesthood who are in complete obedience to Catholic doctrine, simply because of their different temptations?

          • Tony

            It’s because of the nature of this particular kind of temptation, and the circumstances that attend the priesthood.
            On the particular kind of temptation: it’s not without reason that the Catholic apostolate for ministering to SSA men is called, not Temperance, not Obedience, but Courage. We’re not talking about a temptation to overvalue a created good, such as wealth, or food, or the natural relations between men and women. We’re talking about a temptation toward the unnatural, which, if it rises above the level of transient thoughts, tends to exert itself as a compulsion. It requires real moral courage to withstand this compulsion; it is then not a good idea to place in the priesthood, in the front ranks of the army, a man who is already so beset with enemies.
            Second: the priest is called to be a Father to his flock. But in the SSA man, the whole idea of fatherhood has been distorted; in fact, most such men have had very poor relations with their own fathers. The priest is called to exert a fatherly calling, and also the calling of the bridegroom giving himself up for his bride, the Church.
            Third: you wouldn’t put an alcoholic behind the counter of a liquor store. A man who is so deeply wounded in his masculinity is a danger to himself and others if he is placed where he may easily act upon the temptations, to the detriment and the scandal of the Church.

            • Phil

              Besides the suggestion that homosexuals have issues with masculinity and their fathers, that’s actually a pretty good response. If unnatural temptations are to be problematized as sins, it makes sense to apply much greater scrutiny to them than to regular temptations. I stand corrected.

              • Tony

                Thanks, Phil — but you know, if you actually do examine the trouble, at least in our USA, it goes back most of the time to the father. It’s a case where observation, the witness of men who minister to SSA men, and nature all seem to line up. There will be many exceptions — boys who were molested, boys who were treated with extraordinary cruelty by other boys — but for the most part, barring something bizarre, a father can ensure that his son will not develop SSA if he affirms his son’s masculine nature and gives the boy plenty of physically-expressed affection. That will be a nearly-sufficient condition for the non-development of the syndrome.

          • TheodoreSeeber

            “We are not discussing priests who molest children, who would not be tolerated in any circumstance.” Have you forgotten Weakland and Mahony so soon? They were tolerated, by the homosexuals in the clergy, for a very, very long time.

            A man in the priesthood is called to celibacy- called to non-sexuality. If he can’t hack that, he’s better off not being a priest.

  • Bill Russell

    “No need to change anything. Everything is fine.”
    Archbishop Timothy Dolan upon election as president of the USCCB – Nov.16, 2010

    • musicacre

      Wow. Really?

  • My family and I have been living in Nashville for the past 14 and a half years, and the Dominican sisters are a wonderful and vibrant part of the Catholic community here. My prayers go out to Sister Fleming in her endeavors to correct this problem.

  • John O’Neill

    It is really time to clear the air and admit that there are two separate and distinct catholic churches in the former USA. It is time to ask the question what is Catholic about Georgetown or Notre Dame and various other Catholic in name universities. Catholics who actually believe in and follow the magisterium do have many alternatives; they are not as rich and prestigiuous as Notre Dame but they are Catholic. Save the souls of your children and do not , do not send them to these Catholic in name schools. It has been observed that we cannot depend on the USCCB to do anything at all because of their investment in the culture of depravity and their betrayal of their vows. There are some orthodox bishops and priests who are valiantly striving to keep the faith. What we must do is seriously consider secession from the depraved American State and the religions who support its culture of homosexuality and fornication. When Henry VIII of England dissolved the thousand year old monaseries and demanded that the English bishops betray their vows to uphold the Faith, the majority of the English bishops choose to apostasize and keep their privileges and wealth; the great betrayal it was called; there is no doubt where the American bishops stand when that moment comes in this country and it is not far off. The majority of Americanized bishops and priests were raised to worship the State and follow the morality of the Kennedy family and they will bow down to the idol of the pagan State that America has become. O tempora O mores

    • TheodoreSeeber

      I’d have to say though that I see such Bishops and Priests now retiring in droves. My new Archbishop was ordained *after* the Kennedy era.

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  • Howard Kainz

    “Affirmative Action” in hiring faculty for Catholic Universities has resulted in a fait accompli. Search committees, on which I have had some experience, were instructed not to ask anything regarding religion or religious practice. As a result, practicing Catholics in many Catholic universities are in a small minority. So many bishops are dealing with largely secularized or non-Catholic personnel staffing the universities, who do not recognize episcopal authority. University presidents reflect this “diversity.” The most bishops can expect in many cases is “dialogue.”

  • cestusdei

    At some point we will have to give them a choice to be Catholic or give up the name Catholic. Sooner rather then later.

  • ace

    Thank you for an insightful article pointing out where the problems are. At this point, for many parents, the better choice (morally and financially), might be a secular institution with a strong supportive Catholic Campus ministry. We need the equivalent of a Newman Guide for Catholic Campus ministries at secular institutions… and, mentoring by upperclassmen/women for incoming freshmen. Would it be better for some parents to help their graduating senior take a year off and get set up as “independent” in another state so they would qualify for “in state” tuition the following year (if they had a great Catholic Campus ministry and a decent training program in the student’s intended major)?

    • musicacre

      Yes, it might be time for most faithful Catholics to think of Christendom College, St. Thomas Aquinas (in CA) Steubenville, and the others that have purely kept Catholic teaching Catholic. They deserve our support!

      • musicacre

        I might be unsophisticated and too much one- issue, but I have found since I’ve been married (over 28 years) that the pro-life and NFP as litmus tests are almost always right on the button. When a priest or bishop cringed away from this, in time they were revealed to have other issues with the Faith. In an excellent book put out by Billings US (St. Cloud, Min., I believe) there are the testimonies of great bishops and priests across the continent that have been at times vilified for being pro-life and promoting church teaching on Marriage. These are vigilant and I think, saintly men who care only for truth. Their personal stories in this book are wonderful and uplifting to read. (Just remembered the name of the book: A Preachable Message.)

      • Bono95

        And don’t forget TMC (Thomas More College of Liberal Arts)

        • TheodoreSeeber

          After the last 40 years, my generation is rather distrustful of anything to do with the word “Liberal”. After all, those were the people who decided 1/3rd of us didn’t deserve to be born.

          • Bono95

            “Liberal” here doesn’t mean “left wing”. “Liberal arts” means studying classic works by great Western authors/philosophers from ancient to modern times and every time in between. Many of these works are Catholic or Christian and those that aren’t are studied from a 100% faithfully Catholic perspective. TMC is rated in the top 2% of schools that show high academic quality by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), and was 1 of only 19 colleges to receive an “A” rating by the same group. The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College has nothing but good to say about TMC too.

            • Nanci Keatley

              Thank you for your support of TMC. My oldest son is a junior there, and we have nothing but good things to say about the school. My second son has just applied to Christendom for this fall. And to think, we are recent converts (2 years at Easter) plus both of the boys are discerning the priesthood. Obviously, we are very grateful for real Catholic colleges!

              • Bono95

                Your welcome. I hope to join the TMC student body this fall, and have 2 friends at Christendom right now.

        • musicacre

          Yes, I couldn’t remember all of them, I live in Canada! Someone in our parish attended TMC years ago.

          • Bono95


  • Ronald Reesor

    In Louisville,Ky , I have made several attempts to get a brochure put out by the Cardinal Newman Society on their Catholic College Catalog. but have had zero success!. I wrote a letter to our ArchBishop Kurtz asking about this. He wrote a nice letter thanking me, but declining to do so.

    • Ronald, this seems like a good apostolate for you and those like-minded who want to join you. You don’t need your bishop’s permission to promulgate information about good Catholic colleges to all those in your diocese. If everyone waits for the bishop to take the lead on everyhting, guees what will happen!

  • Tony

    Some good news, though: My sense is that Catholic schools are being compelled, not only by conscience but also by financial straits, to become MORE obviously and confessedly Catholic, not less. This isn’t happening at well-heeled places like Georgetown, or at places where the Catholic identity has been flat dead for some time. But it is stirring up everywhere, in high schools and grade schools and colleges. My own school, which took a terrible body-blow to the curriculum two years ago, is nevertheless MORE confessedly Catholic now than it was when I arrived in 1990, and the students in the Honors program are typically some of the most devout and determined Catholics on campus.
    When the higher ed bubble bursts, all those schools that cast their lots with Mammon will be flushed down with the tide. Why go to Queen of Apostates College, which costs a ton of money, when you can lose your faith and reason and live like a sybarite a lot more cheaply at Bordello State? Then those schools that offer something distinctive will survive; which I guess is something that the children of the world can teach the children of light.

    • Scott Waddell

      I agree that there are signs of hope. For decades the Church and her colleges were gaga over ecumenicism. Recently however as mainline denominations and society continues to veer into Politically Correct looneyland, the need to pander and obscure hard truths just to get along isn’t there anymore and in my travels I’ve seen many encouraging signs of recovering authentic Catholic identity.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    No parent who cares about the faith should be sending their child to an institution where the “Vagina Monologues” and Gays are given a hearing at all. There is no such thing as a “Catholic education” anymore, better to send your son or daughter to a trade school than give them a liberal education. And they’ll be more employable to boot.

  • Tony

    Stamp of approval: Thomas Aquinas (CA), Hillsdale (not Catholic, but Christian and Catholic-friendly), Baylor (Baptist; very friendly to Catholics), Dallas, Catholic, Belmont Abbey, Saint Thomas (MN), Saint Thomas (TX), Wyoming Catholic, De Sales, Saint Vincent’s (PA), Franciscan, Ave Maria, Christendom, Thomas Aquinas (TN) … I’m sure there are others I’m not thinking of at the moment.
    Then there are schools that offer quite a lot and that are fighting to reinforce their Catholic identity, or that never quite lost it: Providence, Assumption, Saint Anselm’s … those are the ones I know of in New England, anyway. We made the Newman list a few years ago (Providence).

  • repulsed by all of YOU

    so, for you folks, two consenting adults having sex is worse than an adult man “priest” having sex with a child! Really!!?? And, to make sure the world knows that is your belief, you make the heinous man who promoted and covered up child rape during his 26 years “reign” a “saint”!! Absolute cult insanity you hideous hypocrites