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A hypocritical Jesuit rag is urging even more leftism as a solution to the high cost of college. America Magazine's author, who previously taught at Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia, holds a doctorate in religious studies from Yale University. In tonight's In-Depth segment, Church Militant's William Mahoney has more on the purported solution and the hypocrisy.
America, The Jesuit Review, recently published an article titled, "The economic model for college is broken. Catholic social teaching points a way forward."
The article imagines a system radically different from the status quo, including Francis-style buzz phrases like "rededication to the common good" and "dialogue."
Offering no concrete financial solutions, the piece argues there needs to be "transparency and subsidiarity in decision-making" and "a serious commitment to environmental sustainability."
A graduate of Detroit Mercy, a Jesuit college, Father Paul John Kalchik reacted to America's article.
Father Paul John Kalchik: "There's nothing substantive there whatsoever. There's no reference to Sacred Scripture. There's no reference to any single dogma of the Church. It's just hitting all the bullet points of the Democratic Party."
The cost for a four-year undergraduate degree at a Jesuit college or university ranges from $120,000–$240,000, often driving students into crippling debt for a diploma that does not guarantee employment.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities includes 28 institutions in the United States. Three of those rank in the top 100 most expensive universities in the entire country — America having a total of roughly 4,000 colleges and universities. Those three Jesuit universities are Boston College at number 40, Georgetown at number 61 and Saint Louis University at number 94.
Reports ranging from 2018 to the present reveal the president of Boston College takes a yearly salary of nearly $2 million; the president of Georgetown rakes in nearly $1 million; while the president of Saint Louis also makes just shy of a million.
What's more, the head coaches of those schools' sports programs make double and even triple what the presidents make. Boston's football head coach makes around $3 million per year; Georgetown's basketball head coach a bit over $2.5 million and Saint Louis' basketball head coach a bit over $2 million.
Last summer, one Jesuit academic — also writing for America — offered a solution for keeping everything as is and helping the less affluent — just have taxpayers foot more of the bill.
Most Jesuit schools have become rich in gold and poor in faith.
At Jesuit schools like Boston College and Georgetown, the focus seems to be on passing footballs and basketballs and not passing on the Faith.
Georgetown is the oldest Jesuit university in the country. Classes began in 1792, coinciding with the birth of the nation.