The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University

By Mark W. Roche (Notre Dame Press)

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What does a Catholic University have to offer? Roche, dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, looks at both the “challenges and promise” of such a univeristy, writes Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, in his foreword to this slim volume.

Despite George Bernard Shaw’s remark that a Catholic University is a “contradiction in terms,” Roche argues that "the Catholic tradition shares much in common with the ideals of a university. He discusses the sacramental vision of Catholicism, its elevation of tradition and reason, and its emphasis on the unity of knowledge to pinpoint a university’s Catholic identity.

(November 2003)