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Pope Warns Catholic Colleges
on Fidelity to Church Doctrine


BY ALESSANDRO SPECIALE                                                                                         ©2012 Religion News Service

Pope Benedict XVI on May 5 called on Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. to do more to affirm their "Catholic identity," particularly by ensuring the doctrinal orthodoxy of their faculty and staff.
 
Speaking to a group of bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, who were in Rome on a regularly scheduled visit, Benedict said there has been a "growing recognition" on the part of Catholic colleges of the need to "reaffirm their distinctive identity."
 
But "much remains to be done," the pope said, singling out the church law requirement that Catholic theology teachers "have a mandate from the competent ecclesiastical authority," usually the local bishop.
 
That requirement was introduced more than 20 years ago by Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, according to the Rev. Scott Brodeur, a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. But there has been "continuous resistance against it."
 
"If he is repeating it it is because it has not yet been fully implemented," Brodeur said.
 
Benedict's remarks come a few months after U.S. bishops denounced Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York. Johnson's book Quest for the Living God does not accord with "authentic Catholic teaching," said the bishops' doctrinal committee.
 
Benedict said the need for theology professors to be faithful to church doctrine becomes "all the more evident" when considering the "confusion" created by "instances of apparent dissidence between some representatives of Catholic institutions and the church's pastoral leadership."
 
"Such discord," the pope added, "harms the church's witness and, as experience has shown, can easily be exploited to compromise her authority and her freedom."





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