Orthodoxy in the academy

Orthodoxy in the academy

The Wall Street Journal finds that religious colleges are becoming more concerned with orthodoxy among the faculty. Well, evangelical colleges are and a few Catholic ones. Boston College is bravely resisting the trend.

At another Catholic school, Boston College, some administrators would like to hire more people committed to its religious mission, but its faculty has proved “particularly resistant,” says a 2004 report by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. To achieve its goals, the college is contemplating establishing research centers on Catholic intellectual tradition and Catholic education. Georgetown University, also a prominent Catholic school, appointed its first vice president for mission and ministry, a Jesuit priest, in 2003.

But is it orthodoxy they’re pushing or just more religion, even if it’s heterodox? Notre Dame seems to be improving in the orthodox direction, but what about Georgetown? An administrator in charge of mission and ministry could just as easily be the same squishy heterodoxy as before.

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Domenico Bettinelli