I have applied to several colleges, three of which are Catholic, and I have heard negative things about religious universities in general. Much of the talk seems to indicate a dissent from orthodoxy within “catholic” higher education, specifically in regards to the Jesuits. One of the colleges I looked at was Loyola Marymount U, which seemed quite promising at first, but I became immensely disappointed to learn that the school was becoming a “catholic by name only” institution. Some questionable actions included hosting a pro-choice governor as commencement speaker, allowing a GSA club on campus, and upholding religious pluralism in the mission statement, among other things (I am not against dialogue between different beliefs, but the undertones indicated that the college probably isn’t as faithfully Catholic as I had expected).
Other Catholic options include U Portland and Gonzaga, but I haven’t heard much about the authenticity of their Catholic identities. I have also heard that a “madatum” is given to theology teachers by the local bishop that certifies the catholicity of their courses (or something along those lines), but only a handful of Catholic universities have it. Does anyone have information, advice, or personal opinions on these colleges mentioned? If certain Catholic universities are “losing it”, would it be best to attend a secular school rather than a “religious” one where my faith would actually be in jeopardy?
If it helps, my career preferences lie within mathematics and science.