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Huffington Post re-defines

By Noreen Daly

Earlier this year, the Huffington Post's Lindsay Dittman reported, in what at first glance appeared to be an attempt at humor, but the article on the "Most Radical Colleges" proved more of a joke than even its author likely intended. The article ranked my alma mater, Christendom College, as number 5 out of 9 so-called "radical" schools.

Founded in 1977, Christendom is located just down the road from the headquarters office of LegalWorks Apostolate, in Front Royal, VA. In close proximity are the headquarters of Seton Publishing, provider of Catholic homeschool materials, and Human Life International, the leading pro-life advocacy organization with affiliates all over the world. It is indeed amidst a hotbed of folks who take their faith seriously.

LegalWorks Apostolate founder Stu Nolan expressed some shock value in the Huffington Post list, but not perhaps the shock that its author might have expected. "I'm surprised more of our friends did not make this list."

LifeSiteNews' Matt Anderson, also a Christendom alumnus, had this reaction. "Ha! Seriously? Haven't they ever heard of Magdalene College" (alluding to its "no dating" policy)?

The Huffington Post indirectly refers to Christendom students and faculty as "uber-conservative religious squares." So as I began reading the article, I braced myself for what the online publisher might view as "radical".

I expected to see criticisms on the dress code regulations, or the 12 o'clock curfew, or single sex dorms, or the dry campus policy, all things that could cause shock and disbelief in the modern college-aged student. However, the article opened up with a mere descriptive narrative, as follows: "Located in Front Royal, Virginia, Christendom College is a Catholic college with more than 400 undergraduates. The school offers six majors and a master's degree in theological studies, and all undergraduate programs begin with a core curriculum that includes study of Catholic doctrine, as well as philosophy, mathematics, and science." What's so radical, I thought, about any of this?

I continued reading: "The core curriculum teaches students to 'distinguish truth from error or distortion, and then to communicate truth accurately, effectively, and convincingly to others.' Required courses include 'Literature of Western Civilization,' 'Introduction to Philosophy,' and 'Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine.' When the college was founded in 1977 they declared 'The only rightful purpose of education is to know the truth and to live by it. The purpose of Catholic education is therefore to learn and to live by the truth revealed by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.'"

Still waiting for some earth-shattering indication of radicalism? Wait for it.....

"On January 24, 2011, the school closed its doors so that the entire student body could attend the 2011 March for Life in Washington, D.C."

My "aha" moment had arrived. So this is makes Christendom College one of the most radical schools in the country...

Slightly disappointed, I chuckled to myself knowing that all those affiliated with Christendom College are probably walking around with their heads high. Huffington has provided yet another example of that which was traditional and common place in the past century suddenly being branded as radical.

Scott Lloyd, former Of Counsel to LegalWorks Apostolate, had this reaction: "I'll be looking into some kind of early tuition payment plan for my kids. Christendom should consider making it their motto. Instead of 'Breathe Catholic', it should be 'Christendom College: the college the Huffington Post rated among the ten most radical colleges in the country. . . What an honor."

Christendom class of 2010 alumnus Joby Norton, is pictured in the Huffington Post article along with two other students at the March for Life in early 2011. Upon learning that he was one of the so-called radicals, Joby responded, "Oh boy! I can't wait to tell my mom, she will be so proud!"

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