Christ is risen!
I have not posted all month, but I hope that you are enjoying a blessed Eastertide.
Toward the end of Lent, I received a copy of Thomas Aquinas College’s founding document—better known as the Blue Book, published in A.D. 1969. I recommend it. I was surprised to see how prescient the college’s founders were, though I suppose that wise folks could even then see the direction of the larger culture and of Rome’s accommodation of heathen modernity. From the document’s beginning:
And if Catholic parents should find themselves unable to distinguish between the Catholic college and the secular institution, their confusion would not be without basis in the actual character of the emerging Catholic college itself. For, fundamentally, the explanation of the growing secularization of American Catholic higher education is doctrinal rather than economic. The willingness of a college to secularize itself in the hope of monetary gain presupposes that it already views its Catholicity as something that is subject to negotiation, which in turn presupposes that it has rejected the traditional doctrine that the essential purpose of a Catholic college is to educate under the light of the Faith. We find, in fact, that the most outspoken proponents of the secularization of the Catholic colleges are not arguing about economic considerations but are attacking the very idea of a college that educates under the light of the Faith. We find, further, that Catholic college graduates, students and professors are, by and large, unable and unwilling to resist these attacks. Indeed, the most virulent attacks now being made on Catholic education — as well as on the Church itself — emanate from some of these graduates, students, and professors. That this should happen points to a grave deficiency in Catholic education; institutions whose essential purpose is to combine Catholic wisdom and secular learning have given birth to a generation of teachers and learners who in large part reject such a purpose as irrelevant or contradictory. Inescapable is the realization that the Catholic college has not been true to its purpose.
I graduated from a Jesuit university where the Jesuits themselves led such secularization. The betrayal and sacrilege of Ignatius’ successors should pain every Christian heart. What they have marred! It is horrible to consider. Small enclaves of sanity like Thomas Aquinas College appear to me like men trying to save a sinking ship by pouring out the inflowing seawater with Dixie cups. However, the Lord accomplishes mighty deeds even with insignificant, unworthy tools.