Our friend Chuck Chalberg is looking for a decent Catholic college for his son, and is not having much luck. You can read about it here. He’d heard that there is “diversity” in American higher education. Trouble is, he’s found, all our institutions are “diverse” in the same way. It all reminds me of my own experience as a visiting professor on the faculty of Georgetown University. The byword there—this at a time when, in the wake of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Catholic colleges were supposed to be returning to the idea that their mission was grounded in the heart of the Church—was something that the president referred to as “centered pluralism,” though he was careful never to name the “center” being spoken of. The faculty and administration consistently refused to describe the place as “Christian” or “Catholic.” Instead, the term “Jesuit identity” was the only acceptable stand-in for such distinctives—an odd thing, I thought, given the bad press that Jesuits have gotten through the years among non-Catholics. I was not alone among believing Protestants and Jews on the faculty in wishing that Georgetown were more, rather than less, Catholic. And more willing to be genuinely different. Not a view widely shared, however.