, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 21–27 | Cite as

Less “Catholic,” More “catholic”? American Catholic Universities Since Vatican II

  • John RoddenEmail author
50th Anniversary Issue: Past, Present, Future


How has Catholic higher education in the U.S. changed since Vatican II? Evolving in three historical periods in the last six decades, Catholic institutions have experienced tumultuous upheaval and radical transformation, becoming more secular or “catholic” in orientation and less orthodox or “Catholic.” This essay discusses both the positive and problematic developments of these changes, and it concludes with several proposals for a Catholic core curriculum and a revitalized intellectual tradition.


Catholicism Universities Higher education Aggiornamento Vatican II John Tracy Ellis Pope John XXIII Core curriculum Frierich von Hügel Modernism Rerum Novarum Gaudium et Spes Etienne Gilson Thomism Aquinas La Salle University 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GeorgetownUSA

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