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Jesuit Provincial Seeks ‘Return to Dialogue’ Between Church, Peruvian University

Andrea Tornielli is reporting at Vatican Insider that the Jesuit Provincial of Peru has sent a letter to the President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference proposing a return to dialogue between the Church and the University of Peru, which the Vatican recently stripped of the titles “Pontifical” and “Catholic.”

The Church took action in July to revoke the titles from the University after several years of the institution’s failure to bring its statutes into line with the apostolic constitution on Catholic education, Ex corde Ecclesiae.

After the announcement of the Vatican’s decision, the University director Marcial Rubio said the institution intended to keep intact its full title as long as it “considers it relevant.”  And further, “Any decision on the matter is under the authority of the university’s governing bodies.”

Now, the Jesuit Provincial Fr. Miguel Gabriel Cruzado Silveri is asking that “every possible effort be made to ensure a return to dialogue,” according to Vatican Insider.

The letter, reports Tornielli, was addressed to Archbishop Salvador Pineiro, President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conferece, and was also copied to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education Cardinal Zenon Grocolewski, and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Archbishop Gerhard Muller.

Tornielli reports that Fr. Cruzado noted the importance played by Jesuits in the University’s history and wrote:

No agreement … would mean that the Church would risk losing an academic institution of the highest quality and excellence and could cause stances to become even more polarised and feelings of bitterness and opposition to the Catholic Church to grow.

Read more about the letter at Vatican Insider.

Some American Catholics are hoping for a similar action from the Vatican in the case of Georgetown University, a Jesuit Catholic university in Washington, D.C.  Acanonical petition will be filed in the fall against Georgetown by a group of alumni, led by The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty, in hopes that the University will either return to faithful Catholic identity or cease to call itself Catholic.

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