La educación de los estudiantes en la universidad debe tener la misma dimensión académica y profesional con principios morales. Puede ser. Title: Constitución apostólica del sumo pontífice Juan Pablo II sobre las Universidades Católicas, Author: Universidad Católica Sedes Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Ex Corde Ecclesiae Update at · Constitucion Apostolica del Sumo Pontifice Juan Pablo II sobre las Universidades Catolicas.

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A Catholic University pursues its objectives through its formation of an authentic human community animated by the spirit of Christ.

Translation of “Et ex corde diligamus” in English

A Catholic University participates in this mission with its own specific characteristics and purposes. The Church is firmly committed to the integral growth of all men and women The Christian spirit of service to others for the promotion of social justice is of particular importance for each Catholic University, to be shared by its teachers and developed in its students.

Priority is to be given to those means which will e the integration of human and professional education with religious values in the light of Catholic doctrine, in order to unite intellectual learning with the religious dimension of life.

Because of its specific importance among the academic disciplines, every Catholic University should have a faculty, or at least a chair, of theology Every Catholic University is to make known its Catholic identity, either in a mission statement or in some other appropriate public document, unless authorized otherwise by the competent ecclesiastical Authority.

The Church, accepting “the legitimate autonomy of human culture and especially of the sciences”, recognizes the academic freedom of scholars in each discipline in accordance with its own principles and proper methods 28and within the confines of the truth and the common good. The last part of the quotation uses words directed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 10 November Moreover, all the basic academic activities of a Catholic University are connected with and in harmony with the evangelizing mission of constitycin Church: AAS 42 [], p.

In its service to society, a Catholic University will relate especially to the academic, cultural and scientific world of the region in which it is located.

In a Catholic University, therefore, Catholic ideals, attitudes and principles penetrate and inform university activities in accordance with the proper nature and autonomy of these activities. A university community concerned with promoting the Institution’s Catholic character will be conscious of this pastoral dimension and sensitive to the ways in which it can have an influence on all university activities.

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AAS 81p. In particular, Catholic theologians, aware that they fulfil a mandate received from the Church, are to be faithful to the Magisterium of the Church as the authentic interpreter of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition The application of the Constitution is committed to the Congregation for Catholic Education, which has the duty to promulgate the necessary cosntitucin that will serve towards that end.

Yale sociologist Michele Dillon points out in her book Catholic Identity: Eex review by the Holy See 44these local ecclesiqe regional “Ordinances” apostlics be valid for all Catholic Universities and other Catholic Institutes of Higher Studies in the region, except for Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties.

In this context, Catholic Universities are called to a continuous renewal, both as “Universities” and as “Catholic”. To a group of scientists I pointed out that “while reason and faith surely represent two distinct orders of knowledge, each autonomous with regard to its own methods, the two must finally converge in the discovery of a single whole reality which has its origin in God”.

Catholic Universities join other private and public Institutions in serving the public interest through higher education and research; they are one among the variety of different types of institution that are necessary for the free expression of cultural diversity, and they are committed to the cored of solidarity and its meaning in society and in the world.

To a respect for persons is joined the preeminent value of the family, the primary unit of every human culture. Therefore, it is with great trust and hope that I invite all Catholic Universities to pursue their irreplaceable task.

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Every Catholic University, as a university, is an academic community which, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and advancement of human dignity and of a cultural heritage through research, teaching and various services offered to the local, national and international communities The source of its unity springs from a common dedication to the truth, a common vision of the dignity of the human person and, ultimately, the person and message of Christ which gives the Institution its distinctive character.

The Presidents of these colleges will never implement the tenets of Ex Corde Ecclesiae unless they are forced. The basic mission of a University is a continuous quest for truth through its research, and the preservation and communication of knowledge for the good of society. AAS 64p.

Furthermore, the moral implications that are present in each discipline are examined as an integral part of the teaching of that discipline so that the entire educative process be directed towards the whole development of the person. It does this without fear but rather with enthusiasm, dedicating itself to every path of knowledge, aware of being preceded by him who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” 8the Logos, whose Spirit of intelligence and love enables the human person with his or her own intelligence to find the ultimate reality of which he is the source and end and who alone is capable of giving fully that Wisdom without which the future of the world would be in danger.


Among these associations the mission of The International Federation of Catholic Universities, founded by the Holy See 34is particularly to be remembered. It is the responsibility of the competent Authority to watch over these two fundamental needs in accordance with what is indicated in Canon Law A Catholic University, like every university, is a community of scholars representing various branches of human knowledge.

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The invitation of Saint Augustine, “Intellege ut credas; crede ut intellegas” 9 constitufin, is relevant to Catholic Universities that are called to explore courageously the riches of Revelation and of nature so that the united endeavour of intelligence and faith will enable people to come to the full measure of their humanity, created in the image and likeness of God, renewed even more marvellously, after sin, in Christ, and called to shine forth in the light of the Spirit.

AAS 58p. A Catholic University also has the responsibility, to the degree that it is able, to help to promote the development of the vorde nations. If need be, a Catholic University must have the courage to speak uncomfortable truths which do not please public opinion, but which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society. A sufficient number of qualified people-priests, religious, and lay persons-are to be appointed to provide pastoral ministry for the university community, carried on in harmony and cooperation with the pastoral activities of the local Church under the guidance or with the approval of the diocesan Bishop.