Our Goals

The goal of the Louis Joliet Society is to help Marquette re-establish itself as a distinctly and authentically Catholic intellectual hub so that all who encounter the university—Catholic and non-Catholic—gain a greater understanding of actual Church teaching and its relevance to human endeavor and salvation.

An actionable starting point for this is to help Marquette earn its place on the National Catholic Register’s annual Catholic Identity College Guide. Schools on this list have met objective criteria drawn directly from official Church documents (listed and linked on the right) which clearly define what Catholic identity at colleges and universities looks like according to the Catholic Church.

In light of these criteria, the goals of the Louis Joliet Society are for Marquette University to:

  • Have the president of the university make the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity
  • Have a majority Catholic Board of Trustees
  • Have a majority Catholic faculty
  • Publicly require all Catholic theology professors to have the Mandatum
  • Have all Catholic theology teachers take the Oath of Fidelity
  • Provide daily Mass and confessions (at least weekly) on campus
  • Exclude advocates of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, or cloning as university-sponsored speakers or recipients of honorary degrees
  • Exclude pro-abortion campus groups
  • Ensure that student health services do not make referrals to abortion businesses.

It is reasonable to assume that an institution which meets these criteria—or is making sincere efforts to do so—will not need to commit precious resources (time, staff and funds) attempting to reconcile its Catholic identity with university sanctioned activities such as these. More importantly, it will not be a party to giving scandal to students, faculty, administrators and the community by misrepresenting Catholic teaching on key moral issues.

What is “authentic Catholic identity?” The following provide abundant clarity on the matter:


It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a ‘good Catholic,’ and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching of the Bishops in the United States and elsewhere.

Saint Pope John Paul II - Los Angeles, 1987