Patrick Deneen,Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, had some stinging criticism of the Jesuit university, saying that Georgetown “increasingly and inevitably remakes itself in the image of its secular peers, ones that have no internal standard of what a university is for other than the aspiration of prestige for the sake of prestige, its ranking rather than its commitment to Truth.”
He has been hired by Notre Dame to teach there. I guess he is working his way up to a fully Catholic university.
Deneen said he’s not going to Notre Dame with blinders on. ”I don’t doubt that there will be many battles at Our Lady’s University,” he wrote. ”But, there are at least some comrades-in-arms to share in the effort.”
Ah good to see he is going there with no false assumptions and the right attitude and he will certainly find comrades-in-arms there. Though it is too bad that there will be one less authentically Catholic voice at Georgetown.
Deneen said Notre Dame hired him because they regard him as “someone who can be a significant contributor to its mission and identity, particularly the Catholic identity of the institution.” He said such considerations are not typically a criterion for hiring at Georgetown.
Now that is an understatement.