Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The End of Catholic Education

How it died. The ramifications. And what one Dominican university plans to do about it.

All of this was deliberately discarded, and it is now
the case that most Catholic universities are indistinguishable from any other.
As a consequence, the positions of Catholic alumni on social questions, even on
issues that directly reflect the Church’s moral teaching, do not differ
significantly from the rest of the population...

There have, I think, been two principal consequences of the general collapse of Catholic higher education. First, it has compromised our ability to entrust the whole of the Catholic tradition to the generations that have followed my own. Second, it has had the ironic effect of clericalizing the Church, of marginalizing the contribution to the Church that most properly belongs to the laity.

An article worth a quick read. This was written by Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, a place where I dabbled in Christian History.

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