My niece has gone to Catholic schools all her life (kindergarten through senior year high school). She is the number 1 student in her senior class at her Catholic high school. She is involved in student government and in a variety of other extra-curriculars. She is involved in her parish. She is selflessly involved in community service.
Despite all of this, her number one choice, Notre Dame, has rejected her application. What sense does it make to have Catholic universities, if Catholic students in excellent standing and of quality character, are not accepted? What message does this send to her and to other young Catholics who are exemplary students?
She may very well be the valedictorian at her graduation in a few short months. What should she say to her classmates? “Use all of the gifts God gave you. Serve others. Persevere in your studies. Live Catholic values. But, oh, by the way, it doesn’t make any difference to certain Catholic universities.”
Pray that Notre Dame reconsiders her application (which she is appealing) and pays more attention to its Catholic mission than to NCAA sports.