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*Image: The Triumph of the Immaculate by Paolo de Matteis, 1716 [Gemäldegalerie, Berlin]

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing, May 11, 2023

David G. Bonagura Jr. an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York. He is the author of Steadfast in Faith: Catholicism and the Challenges of Secularism and Staying with the Catholic Church: Trusting God’s Plan of Salvation.

A Note from Robert Royal: We’re moving along well with our fundraising, but I have to remind those who have not yet donated that we – and other readers who may not be as well off – depend on you to make this Thing continue. The head of a Catholic institution must practice a certain humility about what the institution is and does – since we all ultimately depend on grace rather than our own efforts. Still, I have to say that it’s the humble truth that over the past many years now – our fifteenth anniversary is June 2! – we’ve done everything we could for the Church and the world. And if we knew of something else or better, and had the resources, we’d do that as well. So I think I’ll let just a few of the readers who’ve sent messages along with their donations, make the case:   “It’s astounding to me that so many bishops and – I can’t believe I’m writing this! – CARDINALS continue to undermine sacred truths which are not only clear, obvious and immutable, but often come from the lips of Jesus Himself. Keep up the outstanding work, good and faithful servants.” ….

The movement for “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) has swept the country with lightning speed and has quickly established itself in institutions of all kinds, from schools to libraries to businesses. Countless Catholic schools and universities have quickly joined the party by creating DEI offices and programs virtually identical to those found in secular institutions. Occasionally, a school may try to place a Catholic accent on these programs. But in essence, they’re timidly following a secular model and, in many cases, elevating DEI as a defining institutional priority, with “equitable curricula” and “equitable hiring” at the top of the list.

On one level, this mimicry is no surprise. Since the 1960s, Catholic universities and schools have behaved like ancient Israel demanding a king “that we also may be like all the nations.” (1 Sam 8:20) To be like all the schools – especially Ivy League schools – Catholic administrators hid or jettisoned what made their schools distinctly Catholic and adopted whole cloth whatever the secular schools were doing. …

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