No, this won’t be a long essay. Anne Hendershott has already written one for us, and it is excellent, the best overview of Catholic higher education today in the United States I’ve come across. It includes some interesting if distressing history as well.
Yes, I do use the word “Catholic” loosely. I can be creative in choosing words to describe, say, Georgetown, but “Catholic” is rarely one of them. “Jesuit” maybe.
As Hendershott writes, there are rays of hope; there are exceptional genuinely Catholic universities out there. But the larger ones have invariably taken the “Catholic” and the “education” for that matter out of Catholic higher education.
Speaking of higher education, I have completed my Patristics course. So I may torment you more often for a couple months or so.