Education: Moral Dimension

The trouble with U.S. Catholic colleges is an "abysmal mediocrity" that has made them "almost universally destitute of intellectual leadership" in U.S. life. These words were spoken neither by Paul Blanshard nor by any other Catholic baiter—though some Catholics greeted them as if they were—but by a man who cares deeply about the fate of Catholic education: the Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame.

By no coincidence, young (43) Father Hesburgh has made old (118) Notre Dame a striking exception to his charges. In his nine years as...

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