Education: Recapture the Tradition

Until a couple of years ago, says former President John J. Cavanaugh of Notre Dame University, U.S. Catholics sincerely believed that their schools, colleges and universities were generally as good as almost any in the land. Then Monsignor John Tracy Ellis, professor of church history at Catholic University of America, delivered his now famous lecture on "American Catholics and the Intellectual Life." Last week, taking off from Ellis' lecture. Father Cavanaugh sounded the alarm again. For 30 years, he said, evidence has been accumulating that "the intellectual prestige of American Catholics seems to be lower than the intellectual prestige of Catholics...

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