Non-Catholics attending a private Catholic college?
July 11, 2009 8:16pm CST
So this is basically a big debate at my college. I go to a private Catholic college, and I'm not Catholic, nor is the majority of the student body. Most of the practicing Catholics I've met at school are pretty cool with everyone else, but there are the hardcore conservative Catholics who see the attending non-Catholic students as something of a nuisance. Why? Their argument is this: the non-Catholic students (especially the Atheists and Agnostics) tend to complain about how preachy the school is and how they end up having to take one required theology class that is taught from a strictly Catholic perspective. Okay, so some of these non-Catholics do complain a bit, and they should understand that this is a small, privately-funded Catholic college founded by the Dominicans. However, I think some of the staunch Catholics who are against these non-Catholics can be just as, well, annoying. And, yes, some of these people are included in my circle of friends, along with the Atheists, Pagans, Buddhists, denominational and non-denominational Christians, etc. Okay, so we all chose to go to this college for one reason or another, knowing full well in advance that it is a Catholic liberal arts college that tries (and sometimes fails) to promote diversity among its staff and student body. I just don't see the point in these two sides going back and forth. We all selected this college, and we were accepted. Time to get over it... right? Or not? So, now I am going to ask you guys... Do you go to a college founded in a specific tradition? Do you or do you not follow that tradition, whether religious or otherwise? What do you think of people who spend their time arguing about this sort of stuff rather than just trying to accept each other and get along?
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12 Jul 09
I used to go to a private Baptist-affiliated college. I transferred out to a public university. After I left, the college dropped its Baptist affiliation. Let me add that I did not transfer out because of the Baptist affiliation, the school just was not working out for me. I'm a Christian but I am not a Baptist. It didn't bother me that I was not Baptist and I was going to a Baptist college. I didn't feel that the school tried to push faith on students. The school was understanding of students who were not Baptists. I think its a waste of time to argue about things like this. Students chose the school so they'd have to know that there might be things like this come up.