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Editorial

Letter to the Editor: “What is Notre Dame Really Like?”

In his column “What is Notre Dame Really Like?”, Michael Bradley asserts that Notre Dame has two “incommensurable” goals: “to educate the minds and hearts of its students,” and “to actually outdo secular schools at what they do best.” If Bradley meant drinking and hooking up when he said “what secular schools do best,” then beating those schools at their own game is incompatible with educating students’ minds and hearts. However, he compares Notre Dame to “the Ivies, Duke, Stanford, and Northwestern” and not to certain other schools. This leads me to believe that “what secular schools do best” is academic and professional excellence, and that this is incompatible with authentic Catholicism. If Bradley believes that, he is wrong.

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