Thursday, January 20, 2011

Muslim enrollment at Catholic colleges increasing - but why?

Higher Ed. Morning reports:

Catholic schools are seeing a spike in Muslim students – but why?

Enrollment of Muslim students in Catholic colleges has seen a steady increase in recent years, according to the Higher Education Research Institute. Last year, Catholic schools even had a higher percentage of Muslim students than the average four-year institution in the United States.

Muslim students – most often from Saudi Arabia – say they enroll at Catholic colleges for the usual reasons: strong academic programs, engaging professors and attractive campuses. But the schools’ spiritual culture has proved to be a major draw as well.

Catholic school rules line up with multiple Muslim cultural values, including daily prayer, periodic fasting and separate dorms for men and women.

By making religious worship a priority, there is some overlap between Catholic schools and Muslim faith – Muslim students can feel they fit in better in an overtly religious setting, even if it’s not their religion.


Vince January 30, 2011 at 5:37 AM  

There is nothing more logical explanation, but an an underground invasion of cultural as well as religious influences. This has been the aim of Muslims long time ago.

Here's a good post about this:

I hope people will realize this. But then again, the big question remains, how in the world are we going to respond this?

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