By Notre Dame Magazine Recipients

Catholic Closet

James Lang’s essay (“Coming Out of the Catholic Closet”) is baffling. Before moving to Notre Dame in 1995, I spent 25 years in four quite different secular universities, including a decade at the Big Ten’s premier research university, Michigan. My catholic colleagues and I never hid our faith, nor did non-Catholic or non-believing colleagues ever sneer at out Catholicism. Conceivably the English department at Northwestern is a hotbed of old-fashioned anti-popery, though, I would want more evidence than Lang’s anecdotes. Over-generalizing from one young man’s experiences results in a slander on secular academe.…

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