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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Balancing Reason, Faith and Power that for progressive Catholics—like those teaching on Catholic campuses—authority is diffuse: A Catholic University must become more apost,ica to the cultures of the world of today, and to the various cultural traditions existing within the Church in a way that will promote a continuous and profitable dialogue between the Gospel and modern society. And thanks to her Catholic Universities and their humanistic and scientific inheritance, the Church, expert in humanity, as my predecessor, Paul VI, expressed it at the United Nations 6explores the mysteries of humanity and of the world, clarifying them in the light of Revelation.

Also, any privileges granted up to this day by the Holy See whether to physical or moral persons that are contrary to this present Constitution are abolished. Students are challenged to pursue an education that combines excellence in humanistic and cultural development with specialized professional training. All members of the university community are to be invited to assist the work of pastoral ministry, and to collaborate in its activities.

Those involved in pastoral ministry will encourage teachers and students to become more aware of their responsibility towards those who are suffering physically or spiritually. IIIp.

Through programmes of continuing education offered to the wider community, by making its scholars available for consulting services, by taking advantage of modern means of communication, and in a variety of other ways, a Catholic University can assist in making the ecclssiae body of human knowledge and a developing understanding of the faith available to a wider public, thus expanding university services beyond its own academic community.

Finally, it is a feature of culture that throughout the course of time man expresses, communicates, and conserves in his works great spiritual experiences cinstitucin desires, eclcesiae that these may be of advantage to the progress of many, even of the whole human family. Universities, situated within the ambience of these cultures, will seek to harmonize local cultures with the positive contributions of modern cultures.

My hope is that these prescriptions, based on the teaching of Vatican Council II and the directives of the Code of Canon Law, will enable Catholic Universities and other Institutes of higher studies to fulfil their indispensable mission in the new advent of grace that is opening up to the new Millennium.


In a Catholic University, research necessarily includes a ecclesiaee search for an integration of knowledge, b a dialogue between faith and reason, c an ethical concern, and d a theological perspective. Catholic teaching and discipline are to influence all university activities, while the freedom of conscience of each person is to be fully respected In particular, it is consittucin that by means of appropriate studies, the impact of modern technology and especially of the mass media on persons, the family, and the institutions and whole of modem culture be studied deeply.

According to their nature and proper objectives, they share some or all of the characteristics of a University and they offer their own contribution constitucni the Church and to society, whether through research, education or professional training. As a result of this inspiration, the community is animated by a spirit of freedom and charity; it is characterized by mutual respect, sincere dialogue, and protection of the rights of individuals. AAS 57p. Catholic Universities will, when possible and in accord with Catholic principles and doctrine, cooperate with government programmes and the programmes of other national and international Organizations on behalf of justice, development and progress.

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.

Given the close connection between research and teaching, the research qualities indicated above will have their influence on all teaching.

Translation of “Et ex corde diligamus” in English

In promoting this integration of knowledge, a specific part of a Catholic University’s task is to promote dialogue between faith and reason, so that it can be seen more profoundly how faith and reason bear harmonious witness to the unity of all truth. 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.

AAS 18p. At the same time, since theology seeks an understanding of revealed truth whose authentic interpretation is entrusted to the Bishops of the Church 29it is intrinsic to the principles and methods of their research and teaching in their academic discipline that theologians respect the authority of the Bishops, and assent to Catholic doctrine according to the degree of authority with which it is taught The Catholic University in the Church By research and teaching, Catholic Universities assist the Church in the manner most appropriate to modern times to find cultural treasures both old and new, “nova et vetera”, according to the words of Jesus 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”.


Ex Corde Ecclesiae (August 15, ) | John Paul II

For decades, many Catholic colleges and universities have operated as if Catholic doctrine were a social construct contingent on the specific historical, cultural, and institutional contexts apostilca which it emerges. Courses in Catholic doctrine are to be made available to all students AAS 57pp. The Holy See anticipates further fruitful collaboration with this Federation.

Those university teachers and administrators who belong to other Churches, ecclesial communities, or religions, as well as those who profess no religious belief, and also all students, are to recognize and respect the distinctive Catholic identity of the University. A Catholic University possesses the autonomy necessary to develop its distinctive identity and pursue its proper mission.

Various associations or movements of spiritual and apostolic life, especially those developed specifically for students, can be of great assistance in developing the pastoral aspects of university life.

It is invited in a special way to guard the rights and freedom of these Institutions in civil society, and to offer them economic aid, especially in those countries where they have more urgent need of it, and to furnish assistance in founding new Catholic Universities wherever this might be necessary.

Hence it follows that human culture necessarily has a historical and social aspect and that the word ‘culture’ often takes on a sociological and ethnological sense”.

While it is true that the Gospel cannot be identified with any particular culture and transcends all cultures, it is also true that “the Kingdom which the Gospel proclaims is lived by men and women who are profoundly linked to a culture, and the building up of the Kingdom cannot avoid borrowing the elements of human culture or cultures AAS 71pp.

A Catholic University pursues its objectives through its formation of an authentic human community animated by the spirit of Christ. University research will seek to discover the roots and causes of the serious problems of our time, paying special attention to their ethical and religious dimensions. It is also my desire to express my pleasure and gratitude to the very many Catholic scholars engaged in teaching and research in non-Catholic Universities.