Enrollment surged 70.6% from 1990 to 2004 at the 102 Protestant and largely evangelical members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
That compares with 28% for all independent four-year schools, and 12.8% for all public, four-year campuses, according to data from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Within this breakdown, all Catholic colleges form part of the larger but-less-religiously robust grouping of colleges with discernable religious affiliation, showing a 27.5% enrollment increase over 1990-2004 period.
The major seminary of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the institution also serves the Diocese of Brooklyn.
“The timing surprised some faculty members — coming a few weeks after a Vatican-ordered evaluation of the seminary,” said Newsday.
A diocesan spokesman said the move was requested by Msgr. Schneider for “personal reasons,” and that there was no connection to the visitation of American seminaries.
Columnist George Bell noted that such occasions are a sign of the healing that has taken place between Catholics and Orthodox since Vatican II. There are so many such signs, said Bell, that Archbishop Demetrios, 77, “does not receive an honorary degree every time he visits a Catholic university — it just seems that way.”
So far, said the columnist, Fordham, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, New York's St. John's and six other Catholic colleges have proclaimed the archbishop an honorary doctor.
Some media coverage of the ban has focused on legal experts’ opinions about whether the students were being deprived of their First Amendment rights.
Said Msgr. Kieran McHugh, president of the school, “The intention is … to prevent sexual predators from preying on the students. There's such a thing as responsible and irresponsible free speech.”
Holy Cross was founded in 1966 as a two-year college but announced in 2003 that it was launching a bachelor's degree program.
Traditionally, many students enroll at Holy Cross hoping to transfer to Notre Dame, which is also located in South Bend. Both institutions are administered by the Holy Cross Fathers and Brothers.