Thursday, November 3, 2005

Pope to Strip Universities of Catholic Title?

From a Talk Given at Notre Dame by the Secretary of the Vatican Congregation of Education.

From LifeSite.Net:

The Vatican's number two education official predicts that Pope Benedict XVI will follow a path of "evangelical pruning" of secularized Catholic colleges and universities, declaring them no longer Catholic.

Archbishop Michael Miller, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education and former president of the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, addressed officials and faculty at the University of Notre Dame on Monday.

Miller said that his prediction was based on an examination of the new Pope's writings and approach. The Pope has argued "that it might be better for the Church not to expend its resources trying to preserve institutions if their Catholic identity has been seriously compromised," Miller said.

In the Holy Father's view, "the measure of an institution can be judged by its Catholic integrity," Miller said. If the institution secularizes, "it might be a matter of truth and justice that such an institution is no longer upheld. . . . [I]f a Catholic institution is no longer motivated by a Catholic identity, it is better to let it go."

6 comments:

  1. "]f a Catholic institution is no longer motivated by a Catholic identity, it is better to let it go."

    Yes. If attempts to restore the institution's Catholic identity are unsuccessful, it seems more honest not to call it "Catholic."

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  2. "it might be better for the Church not to expend its resources trying to preserve institutions"

    Sounds like a cost-cutting venture to me. Isn't this the richest religion ever? Why not "expend resources"?

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  3. Meanwhile forces gather to ridicule The Pope. Three domains are for sale on tdnam.com for bennytherat.com .org and .net .... someone with a devious anti-Catholic mind will probably acquire and develop them!

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  4. "Isn't this the richest religion ever?"

    Oh I just love hearing the same tired old stereotypes being repeated over, and over and over and .....

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  5. The point is: Does the institution still has a Catholic identity? If it doesn't, and can/will not be corrected, it shouldn't be called a "Catholic" institution. Whether the Church is "rich" or not is irrelevant.

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