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Cardinal Burke: Catholic Universities Must Be Catholic to be 'Worthy of the Name' Comments

'How tragic that the very secularism which the Catholic university should be helping its students to battle and overcome has entered into several Catholic universities, leading to the grievous compromise of their high mission.' Continue Reading

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  1. wood
    3 years ago

    great article..perhaps catholic universities should establish administrative positions in catholic mission integration,much like catholic hospitals do ,to advise and work with university administrators and professors throughout every department so that their teaching is founded upon and instilled with catholic principles and tradition, open to dialogue and community service.

  2. Valerie Watters-Burke
    4 years ago

    Thank you Cardinal Burke for your analysis of the crisis in Catholic Universities. I attended Creighton University and Saint Louis University and never experienced a professor praying with students or even making the sign of the cross. How can a Jesuit University employ Jewish professors? As a Catholic University, all professors should be Christian, attend church weekly and contribute to their church, be active in their church by being involved in a ministry, and this should be confirmed with the Dean of the school they will be working for, and a value statement should be signed that if they are involved in adultery or other grievous sin, they will be fired. All professors should be interviewed by the president of the University to ensure that they can articulate their beliefs as a Christian. If all Catholic Universities would do this, the students would greatly benefit and the professors would also. Please, learn from the Southern Baptist Universities. A great example of hiring professors of similar conservative values and beliefs is Union University, Jackson, TN. Dr. Dockery, president, has written a book about Renewing Minds about this subject of secondary education and uses it for the faculty to begin to read when they begin employment. Faculty workshops are held for faculty to learn how to express through their teaching their christian world-view. Dr. Dockery is a great leader to work with and they do hire Catholic faculty, and we all pray with our classes! I never experienced any connection with my Saint Louis University or Creighton University professors, I only felt tolerance. "Tolerance is", as Matthew Kelly points out "intolerant of all things Catholic". Let's remove anti-Catholic environments in our Catholic Universities and begin to evangelize the students and have professors living authentic Catholic lives at their universities.

  3. Ted R.
    4 years ago

    Bishop Olmsted just issued a Decree "Revoking Episopal Consent to Claim the "Catholic" Name according to Canon 216" for a hospital. Why don't Bishops do this with errant Catholic Universities within their Diocese ? It would stop the Scandals which lead others into Mortal Sin.

  4. Mark Quinn
    4 years ago

    Perhaps Father Jenkins at Notre Dame will embrace the suggestion that he be "motivated by" faith "in order to build a better future" in lieu of the university's claim as an institution that it "has always stood for values in a world of facts".

    The university's choice to be politically correct is shameful and a disgrace; truly, an affront to proud alumni and friends of a school commited to Our Lady.

  5. Gloria La Bella
    4 years ago

    The truth shall set us free. God bless the courageous truth of Cardinal Burke. May each Catholic support and defend our true faith. God bless.

  6. Patti
    4 years ago

    Gloria, as long as nothing is taken out of context, the CCC 2nd Ed is what we are required to follow. This includes Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Theologians, Nuns and us Lay people. The Bishops (with the help of Rome if necessary ) each have authority over all Universites and everything else within their own Diocese. - The problem is with individual Bishops - pray for their souls for not taking their TEACHING and AUTHORITY seiously. The CCC is clearly written for everyone over age 15. It is the ONLY catechism directly from the Church Magisterium. Contact the Diocese Bishop - not his staff - on a regular basis. Be able to quote the applicable parts of the CCC - which includes his job description.

  7. Gloria
    4 years ago

    I agree with all of you. Not only universities but all schools, including primary schools - Any school that calls itself a Catholic school should be Catholic and provide an environment where a person can be proud to be Catholic and proud to practice their Faith openly. Why are Catholic schools afraid to teach the good news as taught by the Catholic Church? There is a Jesuit high school here that removed the crucifixes from their classrooms. I was told it was because the school did not want to "offend" the non-Catholics who chose to attend this school. What kind of idiotic reason is that?

  8. RayC55
    4 years ago

    The first two that should have their Catholic identity removed are Georgetown & Notre Dame.

  9. vance
    4 years ago

    Cardinal Burke is spot on. I do not see anything changing unless the Catholic Church takes back full control of the universities. The faculties and governing boards are controlled by Liberals Leftists who are hard core secularists. Notre Dame University is a great example of this. I hope and pray that God will step in and make the needed changes. It will not come from the USCCB.

  10. Jamet
    4 years ago

    Removing all the ambiguities, some of them deliberate, from the texts of Vatican II, would really help. While Cardinal Burke cites one section of Gaudium et Spes, university administrators (and Catholic politicians) cite other sections, very often the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience emphasis. If that were done, perhaps as a result of the focused discussions between SSPX and the Vatican, with more Cardinals like Burke, we'd have a chance to yet save the situation. As it stands, especially in the absence of an authoritative voice from Rome, it's really iff-fy.

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