Catholic Culture Highlights Cardinal Newman Society’s Work to Preserve Catholic Identity in Education
November 25, 2013, at 9:38 AM
By Matthew Archbold |
Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture recently noted that because of the increasingly narrow view of the freedom of religion by the federal government, there has been a counterintuitive trend, in some Catholic organizations, toward examining their commitment to their religious beliefs.
The Cardinal Newman Society noticed several years ago that Catholic colleges and universities with no clear and consistent Catholic identity were more likely to be treated just like everybody else, in the face of government indifference to the natural law, than were institutions for which an adverse decision would compromise a religious mission which was demonstrable not only in name but in fact. At the same time, the American bishops were applying very modest pressure of their own by reviewing the implementation of the norms they had promulgated based on the Vatican's guidelines for Catholic higher education in Ex corde Ecclesiae.
These changing circumstances, along with a slowly growing renewal movement among Catholic institutions, led the Society to establish its Center for the Advancement of Higher Education and to develop a model document for evaluating and strengthening the mission of any Catholic college and university. Published in 2011, Assessing Catholic Identity covers institutional identity, leadership and administration, faculty and academics, and students and campus life. Designed as a checklist for the enhancement of Catholic identity through a university mission clarification process, its provisions are presented by direct quotation from the directives of the Holy See and the American bishops in Canon Law, Ex corde Ecclesiae, and the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States.
Dr. Mirus recommends reading Catholic Education Daily to keep updated on how these trends continue to unfold.
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