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Fr. Rutler, George Weigel Offer
Praise for Thomas Aquinas College

Posted: April 3, 2019

In recently penned articles, two of the country’s preeminent Catholic commentators have offered strong praise for Thomas Aquinas College and its continued success — in stark contrast to the otherwise poor state of liberal-arts colleges today.

Rev. George Rutler speaks to speaks to the Thomas Aquinas College Bay Area Board of Regents in 2015 Rev. George Rutler speaks to the Thomas Aquinas College Bay Area Board of Regents in 2015.First, in his weekly column, Rev. George Rutler — pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan — cites Thomas Aquinas College as a counterexample to a news story about yet another Catholic institution that, having lost its focus, is now forced to shut its doors. “Thomas Aquinas College has emphasized quality over size since its founding in 1971 and has become one of the best regarded colleges in California,” he writes, referencing the many priests and religious among the College’s alumni. “This year, it is opening a beautiful additional campus on an historic site in Massachusetts. Its California chapel, built in the Spanish Mission style, is a magnificent witness to Catholic heritage.”

George Weigel speaks at the College’s 35th anniversary gala in 2006. George Weigel serves as the keynote speaker at the College’s 35th anniversary gala in 2006.Next, in a column that appears both in First Things and Catholic World Report, papal biographer George Weigel takes to task parents who insist on sending their children to “elite” schools, both secular and nominally Catholic, never mind the academic or moral climate of those campuses. “Fortunately,” writes Mr. Weigel, “Catholic parents serious about real education and real formation have other options.”

He continues by noting the recent hiring of Dr. Thomas Hibbs, a former member of the Thomas Aquinas College teaching faculty, as the new president of the University of Dallas. “Tom Hibbs joins a gallery of other Catholic college and university presidents,” including the College’s own Dr. Michael F. McLean, “who are leading a renaissance in Catholic higher education,” writes Mr. Weigel. “Their schools, and others, seek to prepare students for any post-undergraduate endeavor by giving them a firm grounding in the liberal arts, Catholic faith, the experience of Catholic community and public service. And they succeed.”

Isabella Hsu (’18) on integrated curriculum

“It is amazing to read all the different works from a wide range of disciplines, and see the same truth popping up again and again — whether it’s in Euclid, or theology, or natural science. It all comes together to form a full picture.”

– Isabella Hsu (’18)

Redondo Beach, California

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