Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) is the most celebrated Catholic educator of the modern period. As witness to his reputation, the praise of Benedict XVI at the Mass for Newman’s beatification should suffice: “I would like to pay particular tribute to his vision for education, which has done so much to shape the ethos that is the driving force behind Catholic schools and colleges today. Firmly opposed to any reductive or utilitarian approach, he sought to achieve an educational environment in which intellectual training, moral discipline, and religious commitment would come together.”
Were Newman alive today, would he not express

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