When Will They Ever Learn?

Posted March 30, 2017 6:33 pm by Anthony Esolen

When Will They Ever Learn?

In a few months, American Catholics will mark the fiftieth anniversary of a suicide pact. It is called the “Land O’ Lakes Statement,” though its official and misleading name is a “Statement on the Nature of the Contemporary Catholic University.”
I use the word “misleading” advisedly, because nowhere in the document can you find any careful thought about what a university is, or whether a Catholic university is a mere variety of the more general thing rather than a distinctive institution in itself, or what it means to be Catholic at all.
The school formerly known as the College of Our Lady,

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