The culture that produced the genius of a Balde began with the smallest of seeds. Today, the academic excellence and missionary drive of the Jesuits have planted universities and preparatory schools in their honor throughout the world. And it’s hard not to view the early beginnings of that educational dream through the lens of its later success.
I am a graduate of a Jesuit college. Edward Gannon, S.J. Was the most important intellectual and moral influence in my life. But Georgetown, Marquette, and Boston College seem more woke these days than Catholic. The current pontiff is not the sort of Jesuit who taught me.