By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK
First Teachers has received many letters in recent weeks regarding the secularization taking place at modern Catholic colleges. Some of the correspondents point to the honorary degrees given to pro-abortion politicians, others to performances of the play The Vagina Monologues, others to the official status given to LGBTQ student groups and activities, others to the large numbers of graduates of these schools who no longer practice the faith.
J.R.B., Ph.D., points to something else: the absence of courses in apologetics at these colleges. He writes, “I’m accepting your invitation to comment on why so many of our Catholic colleges are and have been ineffective in cementing religious loyalty to the faith in their graduates.
“In my view the answer is simple: Catholic colleges do not and have not taught apologetics! Even when Catholic colleges offer courses about the dogmas of the faith and moral precepts, for the most part they do not offer formal courses in how to counter the arguments of our adversaries.”
J.R.B. offers an illustration. “There are elements in the American economic system that run counter to our faith. Why? How? Our graduates just don’t know. Training in economic apologetics was never given to them. Our graduates find jobs in our economic system and quickly run into injustices which challenge their faith. Unarmed, they are mowed down and lost. Most graduates of Catholic colleges know virtually nothing about the social encyclicals.” … Continue Reading