I have always found the phrase “the camel’s nose under the tent” uniquely useful. There is nothing quite like it to describe a proposal likely to cause more trouble in the future than when we first permit it to become part of the debate. Except perhaps, “Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a yard,” or maybe Lady Macbeth’s advice to her husband about how he should “look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.”
I am not sure which one — if any — would fit what Washington Post reporter Sarah Pullman Bailey informs us is taking place at the University of Notre Dame. You be the judge.
It is no secret that there are forces at work at our Catholic colleges seeking to follow the lead of the Ivy League colleges in severing the ties to the religious groups that founded them. Those in favor of this change refer to their goal as ending the “seminary school” model that stresses a distinctly Catholic course of study, specifically required courses in Catholic theology.
There is one school that has accomplished precisely this objective: Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In 2003, the New York Archdiocese stated definitively that Marist College is no longer Catholic. … Continue Reading