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WITHOUT a doubt, the most successful private higher education institutions in the Philippines are the Catholic schools, and immediately Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, San Beda University in the NCR region and St. Louis University in Baguio comes to mind.

Like all other colleges and universities, our Catholic institutions have been caught in the trap of accreditation, ISO certification, and the struggle for distinction as centers of excellence and centers of development. But if all that can be said about them is that their graduates get the best licensing exams and their professors have supposedly high impact journals with their research, why do they even have to be colleges and Catholic universities?

There is an undeniable relationship between the failure of our Catholic universities and colleges and the blatant corruption, hypocrisy, double-dealing and dishonesty in public service. Every government that comes to power strives to attract graduates from the country’s major universities – obviously, most of them from Catholic institutions. So there is a pool of shrewd lawyers, shrewd accountants, and shrewd technocrats at the disposal of the government that will hire them. But there is a crying lack of Catholic professionals for whom the Ten Commandments are truly normative, for whom the Beatitudes are their charter of values ​​and where the double precept of love of God and love of neighbor is the highest. Standards.

It seems to be the mortal wound of Catholic institutions, once established, to assimilate to non-Catholic colleges and universities and to be rather reluctant about their Catholic character. Of course, there are theology classes, and there are Masses celebrated from time to time. But papal documents and official Catholic teaching on Catholic education demand more than that. The problem, in fact, is that our so-called Catholic colleges and universities are more eager to please the Higher Education Commission and comply with its demands than to configure themselves in the spirit of the Church.

One of the Church’s higher education documents is titled “Ex Cord Ecclesiae” … from the Heart of the Church. This is how the Magisterium conceives of Catholic university education – the formation of the human person “from the heart of the Church”. But we can and should ask ourselves if more than lip service has been paid for this conviction of the Church. In fact, many are run like corporations – and board members are chosen more for their business acumen than for their familiarity with what the Church requires of schools and their loyalty to the Church. .

I have argued over and over again that if all we want are topnotchers and placers in licensing exams, we don’t need to establish Catholic universities and colleges. Non-sectarian institutions can do this job. The only reason why the Catholic Church engages in higher education is to be able to count on graduates who are not only recognized in their professions, but also recognized for their faith! Alas, this is not the case. So we have the phenomenon of religious societies and congregations spending human and fiscal resources on colleges and universities hardly different in character from their “secular” counterparts.

Most of our legislators, administrative officials and judicial magistrates are Catholics. It is simply because of the proportion in the population. But if the nation barely perceives a Christian, let alone Catholic presence in government, then we should really ask ourselves what are Catholic universities and colleges for.

Perhaps we should take a long and serious look at the governance of our Catholic institutions. For if those whom we have chosen as directors and administrators have been distinguished for their commercial sense and not for their dedication to the Church and their consecration to what it demands of Catholic educators, are we not in fact sitting at the table? same table as the Lord, put our hands in the same dish and then sell it for meager coins?

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