Franciscan University Reacts to Pope's Resignation
And now Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to follow in the footsteps of this venerable model.”
Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, canon lawyer and professor theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville:
“As a Catholic educator myself, I have come to value greatly the many teaching moments in which Pope Benedict XVI engaged during the course of his pontificate. In particular, with regard to Catholic universities such as Franciscan University, I recall that during his apostolic visit to the United States, on April 17, 2008, the Holy Father delivered an address to Catholic educators to encourage them to promote the Catholic identity of their respective institutions.
“‘A university or school’s Catholic identity is not simply a question of the number of Catholic students. It is a question of conviction—do we really believe that only in the mystery of the Word made flesh does the mystery of man truly become clear (cf. Gaudium et Spes, 22)? Are we ready to commit our entire self-intellect and will, mind, and heart—to God? Do we accept the truth Christ reveals? Is the faith tangible in our universities and schools? Is it given fervent expression liturgically, sacramentally, through prayer, acts of charity, a concern for justice, and respect for God’s creation? Only in this way do we really bear witness to the meaning of who we are and what we uphold.’
“It is apparent that the Holy Father, himself a former university professor, remained very concerned that Catholic identity should pervade all aspects of the life of a university that promotes itself as a Catholic university. The challenges that he presented will continue to influence the delivery of Catholic education for years to come.
“Pope Benedict XVI also demonstrated his dedication to catechesis by promoting the New Evangelization through his own actions and preaching, but also with the 2010 establishment of the new Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and convoking the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Regrettably, it seems to be unlikely that we will receive his post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the New Evangelization before the election of the next successor to Peter. Nevertheless, the Holy Father intended during the Year of Faith, in which we are now engaged, that all members of the Church will deepen their relationship with Christ.
“Pope Benedict XVI engaged in countless other significant teaching moments, the full impact of which will only come to be understood as we continue to study his writings.”
Franciscan University of Steubenville
http://franciscan.edu OH, 43952 US
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