poor and beleaguered immigrants tonsuburban affluence, they found newnmeaning and renewed faith in thenRoman Cathohc Church and faith.nThe story is told in personal terms,nwhich makes the document all thenmore compelling. The message is fornthe entire world of letters and learning.nLet me translate Greeley’s pictureninto one I know better to show thenuniversal relevance of his ideas.nWhen, a generation ago, Jews begannto abandon the second area of settlementnafter immigration—for example,nRoxbury and Dorchester for Boston,nor the Bronx and Brooklyn fornNew York—into the suburbs, Brookline,nand even Newton (or Queens andnWestchester and “the Island,” for NewnYork), people assumed the Jewishncommunity was breaking up. In fact, itnwas only changing; the deep roots ofnJewish distinctiveness—what sociologistsncall “ethnicity”—were in no waynweakened by uprooting and replanting.nJews built new synagogues andnengaged new rabbis and entered a freshnchapter in the history of Judaism innAmerica.nIn Greeley’s book we learn how thenequivalent process of movement tonmiddle-class status and suburbs affectednIrish Catholics in Chicago. Wenfind, within the Catholic idiom, thensame fears, the same concerns, and,nabove all, the same change in attitude.nFor just as Jews were going to collegenand coming home able to ask theirnown questions and read, and evennwrite, their own books, without rabbisnto tell them what to think and believe,nso Roman Catholics were going toncollege — but staying Catholic. Itnmeant, however, a different kind ofnChurch, from one that had beennformed to defend and exclude andnapologize and explain.nThe life of the faith was in Greeley’sntime moving from one flowing fromnan authority on high to one reachingnupward from a community of engagementnand commitment. The newnChurch was to be one in which individualnCatholics pursued, through intellectnand fellowship, a new life ofnpiety and faith, resting on consciencenand character. It was not a ProtestantizednCatholicism. But it also was anCatholicism that had gone beyond thendefensive attitudes of immigrants, persecutednand (quite reasonably) frightened,nand also beyond the longstandingnpugnacity of the TridentinenChurch: the Church that rolled backnthe Protestant Reformation, correctednthe errors of the Catholic Church ofnold, and regained its initiative andnascendancy in most of Christendom,nfrom the seventh century to our ownnday.nGreeley himself both lived throughnand understood the meaning of thatnshift, which was initially feared bynsome as a mark of the weakening of thenChurch and the Roman Catholicncommunity. In his scholarly work andntheological writings, he drew attentionnto the deep roots of Roman Catholicnfaith, the permanence of Irish andnother Roman Catholic ethnicity, asnwell as the secure foundations of thenChurch in the lives of its community.nBut he also argued that the importantnsocial changes required a different pol-nThe Scene: A college campus, a party in full swing.nThe Sound: The latest, a rap music routine.nThe Lyrics: Aristotle’s Categories, Chapter I.nYes, you read it right. Aristotle.nThis college audience finds the contrast hilarious. Thenroutine over, dancing begins. Waltzes, polkas, the Virginianreel. Later, the tape plays Glenn Miller. Spirits arenhigh, the dance floor is full.nThere’s nothing stuffy about this party, but there isnnothing like it at State U or Ivy Towers College either.nIt’s.. .civilized.nWhat kind of place is this?nClasses are like conversations. They often start with anquestion. The students do most of the talking. But you’llnrarely hear such orderly, reasonable talk. Rational discourse.nThe pursuit of truth. Civilization.nThe curriculum is rich with classics of philosophy andnCatholic theology, mathematics and science — all required.nTheoretical studies but eminently practical. Andnthe graduates go on to careers in law and medicine, businessnand politics.nClasses are small. The faculty know the students personallynand often invite them to their homes. But in classneveryone uses formal terms of address and the Collegenchoir sings Palestrina at Mass.nThis is Thomas Aquinas College, where the intellectnand heart live in harmony. Here the highest studies arenat peace with the highest standards. And both arenstrengthened. Come and see for yourself.nFor information or to arrange a visit, CALL TOLL FREEnfrom the U.S. outside California: 1-800-634-9797.nFrom California and Canada: (805) 525-4417.nOr write: Thomas J. SusankanDirector of AdmissionsnBox 106nTHOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGEn10000 North Ojai RoadnSanta Paula, CA 93060nFinancial aid programnBachelor of Arts degree • CoeducationalnFully accredited. Western Association of Schools & CollegesnnnJULY 1987/35n