Bill Donohue says liberal Catholics need to explain
Peter Steinfels, who wrote the obituary on Father Andrew M.
Greeley in today’s New York Times, notes that “there was resistance
among liberal Catholics to his [Greeley’s] positive findings about Catholic
This is striking. Steinfels, himself a liberal, is writing
about Greeley, another liberal (on most subjects), about the way liberal
Catholics react to good news about Catholic schools. Which raises the question:
Why do liberal Catholics treat good news about Catholic schools as bad news?
Would they prefer they fail?
Steinfels went on to say that Greeley’s
“research debunked the received view at the time that Catholics had low college
attendance rates. He found instead that white Catholics earned bachelor’s
degrees and pursued advanced degrees at higher rates than other whites, and he
attributed their success to the quality of education in parochial schools, a
controversial assertion in a time of public-school
Conservative Catholics cheer such news. Apolitical
Catholics cheer such news. So what’s wrong with liberal Catholics that they
resist such news? Is their craven need for acceptance by secular elites so
debased that it drives them to resist good news about Catholic education?