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US Catholic colleges have liberal rules for students entertaining opposite sex, study finds

February 23, 2016

A new study of American Catholic campuses, conducted by the Cardinal Newman Society, finds that 95% of Catholic colleges and universities allow students to visit the dorm rooms of members of the opposite sex at night.

In 54 Catholic colleges-- more than one-fourth of the total number-- there are no restrictions on opposite-sex visiting hours during weekends, and in most of those cases there are no restrictions during the week as well. The Catholic colleges with no limitation on overnight visits include many of the best-known Catholic institutions in the US, such as Georgetown, Boston College, Villanova, Loyola of Chicago and Loyola of New Orleans.  

At some Catholic schools, the Cardinal Newman study reports, students share bathrooms with members of the opposite sex. One Catholic school, Edgewood College in Wisconsin, flouts Catholic moral principles with its "Weekend Opposite Sex/Intimate Partner Visitation Hours"-- and makes a point of welcoming same-sex partners.

The Cardinal Newman study finds that although a small number of Catholic schools has maintained the tradition of single-sex dorms with strict visitation policies, in general Catholic colleges are less vigilant than Protestant institutions. 


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  • Posted by: Rose of Lima - Feb. 23, 2016 8:32 PM ET USA

    How sad this is. Perhaps our Bishops need to admonish these colleges in their dioceses or strip the name "Catholic" from their title.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Feb. 23, 2016 7:54 PM ET USA

    There's a case to be made that Edgewood College (sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa) is effectively more aligned and affiliated with the local post-Catholic sect "Holy Wisdom Monastery" (which is also strongly supportive of homosexual behavior) than with the Catholic Church. There is no Catholic education available at Edgewood College and there are no sincere intentions of actual Catholic education.