- Should I keep the music player (at the bottom of my sidebar)?
As for last week's poll ("What is our nation's best Catholic university?"), here are the results:
The results are totally jacked up. Wanna know why?
BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE CHEATERS!!!
Please don't cheat people. It's not cool, and it makes baby Jesus cry. I'm trying to figure out what you all actually think about things, and it doesn't help when the results are inflated. Because of the miscreants among us (don't worry, you're not the only one), there's really no point in commenting on the results of the poll. But, I will say how I determine what makes a school the "best" Catholic university in the nation.
This should go without saying, but unfortunately it doesn't. The best Catholic university is the one that is unabashedly Catholic. In othe words, the faculty make an oath of fidelity to the Church, heretics aren't given tenured positions (Marquette) and professors aren't allowed to teach heresy in the name of "academic freedom." If you want freedom, speak the truth. "The truth shall set you free" (Jn 8:32).
The best Catholic university is also the one that fosters a campus life that is truly Catholic. This means that the Sacrament of Confession is provided as often as possible, the Eucharist is available for adoration 24-hrs a day, co-ed dorms are a non-entity, healthy boundaries are established for the students (boundaries that allow them to grow as adults but at the same time protect them from occasions of sin), Marian devotion is encouraged through regular praying of the rosary, and daily Mass is provided. Such a university also does not allow any clubs, or plays, or other activities that are against Catholic principles and that do not belong in the truly Catholic culture that a Catholic university should foster.
Finally, the best Catholic university is the one that is academically challenging. Here, the students are encouraged to truly think, to dialogue with each other and with the professor, to be prepared to stand toe-to-toe with any student from any other university in the nation. The professors must be the ones actually teaching the classes (not teaching assistants) and they should have office hours so that the students can seek their guidance. The professors should genuinely care for their students, and long to seem them grow and mature into thoughtful, professional human beings.
That's what I think a Catholic university should be. Does your school fit the bill? Mine does, and that's why I thank God every day for it.