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*Image: The Sower by Jean-François Millet, c. 1865 [Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD]

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing, Sept. 20, 2022

Randall B. Smith is a Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas.  …


There are very different kinds of “Catholic” colleges and universities, depending on how they view their Catholic identity.  Some pronounce themselves “faithful to the Magisterium,” and say their calling and mission is “from the heart of the Church.”  Others describe themselves as universities “in the Catholic tradition” or, more vaguely, “in the Jesuit tradition.”

Amidst all these divisions, there is one thing all these institutions seem to agree on: namely, that the principles of Catholic Social Justice do not apply to them.  Corporations?  Politicians? Businessmen?  Absolutely.  The administration of a Catholic university?  Not so much. …