Dr. Joseph Boyle

Dr. Joseph Boyle

April 11, 2011

SASKATOON — There is a place for Catholic scholarship at secular universities — and Catholic thought enriches society at large, says Dr. Joseph Boyle.

"The way in which people learn and the way in which universities contribute to the common good is by the dialectic of ideas," said Boyle, stressing the need for Catholics to speak in their own distinctive voice.

"The plain benefits are having people in the society who thoughtfully consider a perspective that's different than the perspective that tends to be dominant."

Boyle, a professor emeritus of moral philosophy at the University of Toronto, gave the final address at a Catholic Studies Conference held March 11-12 at St. Thomas More College.

He examined how Catholic Studies and Christian humanism is grounded in the tradition and mission of the Church. "Christian involvement in academic life and study will contribute to building up God's kingdom."

The Catholic tradition offers distinct perspectives in the areas of philosophy, politics and economics, said Boyle.


The reflections of Catholics on common human questions are often also useful and compelling to those outside the Catholic Christian tradition.

"It puts Catholic thought into dialogue with non-Catholic thought and scholarship."

"It provides students who respect the Catholic tradition with analysis and social criticism that will be relevant to their vocational decisions and also to their lives as citizens and professionals."