Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education

How did a preponderance of Catholic colleges and universities lose the strong Catholic identity upon which they were founded? Anne Hendershott explores this puzzlement, beginning with Georgetown University, the first Catholic college in the U.S., established to train priests and give them a stellar education.  “Most of us,” Anne says to Doug on EWTN Bookmark, “would probably blame the 60’s, but even in the 50’s, deterioration had begun. ” Status Envy traces the roots of the experiment to separate Catholic identity from the morals and Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Only time will tell, opined one reviewer of Status Envy, whether secularism or the John Paul II and Benedict XVI standard bearers triumph.

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