Monday, November 26, 2012

Boston College, a non-Catholic college

Everybody is making a big deal about Boston College firing its head football coach, Frank Spaziani, for coaching the team to the worst record in school history, and that they have made a search committee for a new coach. Here is the mission of the Jesuit-run institution of higher education:

Boston College is committed to maintaining and strengthening the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University, and especially its commitment to integrating intellectual, personal, ethical, and religious formation; and to uniting high academic achievement with service to others.
Jesuits are active in all aspects of University life with a community of more than 150 Jesuits serving as faculty and administrators or studying for advanced degrees within Boston College's various schools. Members of the Jesuit community also offer Ignatian retreats and spiritual direction to faculty, staff and students.
Gifts from the Jesuit community have helped establish the Jesuit Institute and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College. The Institute sponsors personal research, academic exchange and collective inquiry about the issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. The Center helps members of the University community to understand and implement Jesuit/Ignatian traditions and promotes conversation among other religious traditions represented at Boston College. [Emphasis added, from bc.edu]

STOP! This is heresy. While known for being a "Catholic" school, it is not Catholic at all in any meaningful sense of the definition. If it were truly Catholic, then why don't they preach what Christ and his Church have taught for the past 2000 years? 

Now here are some key "facts" from the "Boston College Facts" page

  • 14,600 students, 9,100 undergrad, 4,900 graduate, 600 enrolled in continuing ed courses. Check.
  • 52% female (I can live with that.)
  • 70% Catholic (WRONG! They're Novus Ordoians at best!) 
  • Tuition (2012-13): $43,140 (What good Catholic family can afford that?)
  • 162,522 living alumni (largest alumni association at a Catholic institution in the world) (WOW! Not even ND has that many living!)
  • 140 Jesuits (i.e. heretics)
While there was a Jesuit priest from BC who was recently ordained with a late vocation, who assisted at my parish over the summer, he is the exception, not the norm for today's Jesuit priests (properly termed presbyters). 

Besides the cost, do not attempt to send your kid to BC if you are looking for a Catholic education. 


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