Paul Caron points to a report that purports to identify the "best" law schools for Devout Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Mormons. Here's the result for Catholics:
- Ave Maria (U.S. News & World Report Rank: Tier 2)
- University of St. Thomas (#124)
- St. John's (#98)
- Catholic (#80)
- Fordham (#38)
- Boston College (#31)
- Notre Dame (#23)
- Gonzaga (#113)
- Loyola-Chicago (#76)
- St. Louis (#102)
Obviously, I'm not at surprised that UCLA didn't make the list. We are a pretty relentlessly secular place. I am a little surprised (although not all that much) that Notre Dame is so low. And, I'm afraid I'm not at all surprised that Georgetown didn't even make the top 10. I am prepared to stand corrected, but my impression from both direct observation and numerous conversations over the years is that GULC's Catholic identity these days is nominal at best. To cite but one example:
A Georgetown University Law Center class offered next spring will require students to work with a lobbying group which a lawyer said is known for its work promoting abortion rights.
“Georgetown offers a course that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, told CNA Oct. 25.
She added that Georgetown's offering of the course is “a disgrace to its Catholic identity.”
“Georgetown students will be given course credit for advancing the very policies that our bishops are fighting in court and promoting abortion and contraception that, as our faith teaches us, do violence to both women and children.”
Indeed, it seems to be a problem for the University as a whole:
On Oct. 4, the Archdiocese of Washington submitted a canon law petition organized by William Peter Blatty (COL ’50) asking the Church to require that Georgetown abide by Pope John Paul II’s directives for Catholic universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, or else disallow Georgetown from designating itself as Catholic. Though the petition is a request to the Church and does not require signatures, according to a group that Blatty founded in support of the petition, the Father King Society, over 2,000 Catholics, including members of the Georgetown community, have signed petition mandates and statements in support of its claims.