A Catholic university must exhibit the following seven essential characteristics. What universities do you know that actually exhibit all of these?
"First, according to Canon 807, the Catholic university "promotes the deeper culture and full development of the human person in accord with the Church's teaching office."
"Second, the majority of the faculty members consist of practicing Catholics, as explained in "Ex Corde Ecclesiae."
"Third, Canon 810 states that the president and other officers of a Catholic university have the responsibility to ensure that faculty members are appointed who are "outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and uprightness of life."
"Fourth, the president of the Catholic university must make the profession of faith at the start of his or her term of office, according to Canon 833.
"Fifth, the bishops' conference and the diocesan bishop have the duty and right of ensuring that the principles of Catholic doctrine are faithfully observed.
"Sixth, in line with Canon 812, theology teachers in a Catholic university must have a mandate from the local ordinary.
"Finally, the use of the title "Catholic" is only with the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority, as outlined in Canon 808."
Friday, June 16, 2006
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