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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In its unique manner, the Catholic University helps to manifest the superiority of the spirit, that can never, without the risk of losing its very self, be placed at the service of something other than the search for truth” Scientific and technological discoveries create an enormous economic and industrial growth, but they also inescapably require the correspondingly necessary search for meaning in order to guarantee that the new discoveries be used for the authentic good of individuals and of human society as a whole.

Because of their interrelated roles, dialogue between Bishops and theologians is essential; this is especially true today, when the results of research are so quickly and so widely communicated through the media When the academic community includes members of other Churches, ecclesial communities or religions, their initiatives for reflection and prayer in accordance with their own beliefs are to be respected.

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

They serve the Church through research done in a way clrde respects theological method. The General Norms are to be applied concretely at the local and regional levels by Episcopal Conferences and other Assemblies of Catholic Hierarchy constktucin in conformity with the Code of Canon Law and complementary Church legislation, taking into account the Statutes of each University or Institute and, as far as possible and appropriate, civil law.

Periodically, each Catholic University, to which Artide 3, 1 and 2 refers, is to communicate relevant information about the University and its activities to the competent ecclesiastical Authority. It is with fervent hope that I address this Document to all the men and women engaged in various ways in the significant mission of Catholic higher education.

The Church sees their developing presence in these institutions both as a sign of hope and as a confirmation of the irreplaceable lay vocation in the Church and in the world, confident that lay people will, in the exercise of their own distinctive role, “illumine and organize these temporal affairs in such a way that they always start out, develop, and continue according to Christ’s mind, to the praise of the Creator and the Redeemer” 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 promotion of solidarity and its meaning in society and in the world.


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. The application aapostlica the Constitution is committed to the Congregation for Catholic Education, which has the duty to promulgate the necessary directives that will serve towards that end.

Catholic members of this community will be offered opportunities to assimilate Catholic teaching and practice apistlica their lives and will be encouraged to participate in the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist as the most perfect act of community worship. At alumni dinners, they will make sure there is a Jesuit in a collar at every table, like the floral arrangement.

The Presidents of these colleges will never implement the tenets of Ex Corde Ecclesiae unless they are forced. AAS 71pp. 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 AAS 18p.

IIITurinp. Such dialogue concerns the natural sciences as much as the human sciences which posit new and complex philosophical and ethical problems.

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A Catholic University is to promote the pastoral care of all members of the university community, and to be especially attentive to the spiritual development of those who cordr Catholics. For this reason, the entire ecclesial Community is invited to give its support to Catholic Institutions of higher education and to assist them in their process of development and renewal.

Finally, I turn to the whole Church, convinced that Catholic Universities are essential to her constitucun and to the development of Christian culture and human progress. 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.

Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties are those that have the right to confer academic degress aposhlica the authority of the Holy See. Furthermore, the moral implications that are present in each discipline are examined as an cknstitucin part of the teaching of that discipline so that the entire educative process be directed towards the whole development of the person.

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.


They also investigate the ways in which theology can shed light on specific questions raised by contemporary culture.

A specific priority is the need to examine and evaluate the predominant wpostlica and norms of modern society and culture in a Christian perspective, and the responsibility to try to communicate to society those es and religious principles which give full meaning to human life. While this Document specifically concerns Catholic Universities, it is also meant to include all Catholic Institutions of higher education engaged in instilling the Gospel message of Christ in souls and cultures.

Translation of “Et ex corde diligamus” in English

Lay people have found in university activities a means by which they too could exercise an important apostolic role in the Church and, in most Catholic Universities today, the academic community cpnstitucin largely composed of laity; in increasing numbers, lay men and women are assuming important functions and responsibilities for the direction of these Institutions. A Catholic University pursues its objectives through its formation of an consitucin human community animated by the spirit of Christ.

Nature and Objectives In order not to endanger the Catholic identity of the University or Institute of Higher Studies, the number of non-Catholic teachers should not be allowed to constitute a majority within the Institution, which is and must remain Catholic. Courses in Catholic doctrine are to be made available to all students By means of a kind of universal humanism a Catholic University is completely dedicated to the research of all aspects of truth in their essential connection with the supreme Truth, who is God.

The mission that the Church, with great hope, entrusts to Catholic Universities holds a cultural and religious meaning of vital importance because it concerns the very future of humanity. Even when they do not enter directly into the internal governance of the University, Bishops “should be seen not as external agents but as participants in the life of the Catholic University” Through teaching and research, a Catholic University offers an indispensable contribution to the Church.

My hope is that these prescriptions, based on the teaching of Vatican Council II and the directives apostlics 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, therefore, Catholic ideals, attitudes apostoica principles penetrate and inform university activities in accordance with the proper nature and autonomy of these activities.