The Intellectual Advantages of a Roman Catholic Education

In 1998, the Rev. James Tunstead Burtchaell, a former provost of the University of Notre Dame, gave us The Dying of the Light, an 868-page account of how 17 colleges and universities affiliated with a wide variety of religious traditions have lost their connections to the faiths that originally inspired them. Among them were three Roman Catholic institutions, including Boston College, where I teach. As I read Father Burtchaell's account of how the lights have gone out, I could not help but