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Vatican Education Official Warns Dissenting Catholic Colleges May Lose 'Catholic' Status
LifeSite ^ | November 3, 2005

Posted on 11/03/2005 6:41:09 AM PST by NYer

NOTRE DAME, Indiana, November 3, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) -  The Vatican's number two education official predicts that Pope Benedict XVI will follow a path of "evangelical pruning" of secularized Catholic colleges and universities, declaring them no longer Catholic.

Archbishop Michael Miller, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education and former president of the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, addressed officials and faculty at the University of Notre Dame on Monday.

Miller said that his prediction was based on an examination of the new Pope's writings and approach.  The Pope has argued "that it might be better for the Church not to expend its resources trying to preserve institutions if their Catholic identity has been seriously compromised," Miller said.

In the Holy Father's view, "the measure of an institution can be judged by its Catholic integrity," Miller said.  If the institution secularizes, "it might be a matter of truth and justice that such an institution is no longer upheld. . . . [I]f a Catholic institution is no longer motivated by a Catholic identity, it is better to let it go."

"The burden of proof falls on the university itself," Miller added.  "Such a decision to retain one's Catholic identity is not about maintaining the status quo, but [rather] making positive changes."

Contrary to the pattern of many Church leaders, who have waited patiently for improvements in Catholic higher education, the Pope "appears to be more inclined to avoid scandal and lead a path of evangelical pruning, but we don't know.  We await."

Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society, a national organization to strengthen and renew Catholic identity at U.S. Catholic colleges and universities, commented: "The Cardinal Newman Society has long sought 'truth in advertising' from Catholic colleges and universities, and we have always allied ourselves with the Vatican and the U.S. bishops in this pursuit.  The evidence of secularization that we have exposed for more than 12 years is overwhelming and clearly warrants a strong response from Church leaders. 

"The 'wait and see' approach generously relied on the goodwill of Catholic educators, but it has only allowed disunity and dissent in the Church to go unchallenged, with disastrous consequences for Catholic students and their families."


TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; college; education; notredame; university

Archbishop Michael Miller

1 posted on 11/03/2005 6:41:10 AM PST by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Given the case of Katelin Sills, the Vatican may have to revisit the charters of some religious orders.


2 posted on 11/03/2005 6:42:26 AM PST by NYer (“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

I like this Pope more and more


3 posted on 11/03/2005 6:45:46 AM PST by TXBSAFH ("I would rather be a free man in my grave then living as a puppet or a slave." - Jimmy Cliff)
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To: NYer
Given the case of Katelin Sills...

What happened to Katelin Sills?
4 posted on 11/03/2005 6:51:56 AM PST by goodform
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Never mind. I found out here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1514665/posts


5 posted on 11/03/2005 6:53:26 AM PST by goodform
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To: NYer

The march to get back to the bedrock principles of the Church continues apace. Pope Benedict has indeed proven to be the blessing we had prayed for.


6 posted on 11/03/2005 7:38:15 AM PST by ex 98C MI Dude
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To: NYer

It will be interesting to see Jesuit institutions that are not Catholic.


7 posted on 11/03/2005 7:45:40 AM PST by clockwise
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To: NYer
YES!!

It's about time!

8 posted on 11/03/2005 8:08:58 AM PST by Malacoda (Islam = deranged, evil suicide cult)
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To: NYer

Good! Time for truth in advertising; I'm hoping Georgetown U, across the Potomac from me, will be among the first to lose its "Catholic" status - that rad-lib sewer hasn't been Catholic for at least 40 years.


9 posted on 11/03/2005 8:12:29 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (Not a nickel, not a dime, no more money for Hamastine!)
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To: NYer

Yes, long overdue visits.


10 posted on 11/03/2005 8:56:45 AM PST by fortunecookie
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To: NYer
Don't rejoice too quickly. Some of them will "make a deal" and promise to do X of Y to avoid having their Catholic status withdrawn, then they'll never live up to the deal, then when that is pointed out they'll complain that they were not given due process to decide whether they lived up to the deal and . . .

They can drag it out for decades.

That said, bring it on, B-16.

11 posted on 11/03/2005 9:15:57 AM PST by Dionysiusdecordealcis
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This is such good news!


12 posted on 11/03/2005 9:16:57 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Regarding Notre Dame.......well, at least the football team is having an apparent(sp) turn-around!!!

ND Philosophy: good

ND Theology: bad (hopefully getting better under the new prez)


13 posted on 11/03/2005 9:31:36 AM PST by undirish01 (Go Irish! If only we can get the theology dept. turned around.)
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To: NYer

later read/ping.


14 posted on 11/03/2005 9:51:44 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: NYer

It's about time, too, and the Vatican could find themselves very, very busy with this...


15 posted on 11/03/2005 11:08:02 AM PST by fortunecookie
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To: NYer
"evangelical pruning"
Good one : )
16 posted on 11/03/2005 11:25:57 AM PST by eastsider
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Methinks this was a not so subtle warning to Notre Dame (specifically Father Richard McBrien) to snap out of its secularist funk or lose its standing as a Catholic university.


17 posted on 11/03/2005 11:45:20 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Stuck on Genius)
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"evangelical pruning"

Only the vines that bear good fruit shall remain...

18 posted on 11/03/2005 1:38:28 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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They should lose Catholic status. Church teaching is clear. Personally, I'm sick and tired of the anti-Catholic persons pretending to be Catholic.


19 posted on 03/23/2007 8:00:24 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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Here's another one!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1805484/posts


20 posted on 03/23/2007 8:05:59 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible.")
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To: Salvation

St Joe's in Philly should be some of the first to De Catholocize...

Villanova will not put Jesus in the Arms of his Mother Mary on the Main walkway of the campus because it would offend non Catholic students!

St Joe's ha d a Priest who heads their Art Dept Come out in the Inquirer that he is a homosexual and is proud. St Joes now has 10% of their Students are Homosexuals...
They even had a Rainbow week celebrating Homosexual Marriage

St Joe like Villanova care more about Basketball notoriety than Catholicism..


21 posted on 03/23/2007 8:17:40 AM PDT by philly-d-kidder (Democratic party is the Party of Anti Americanism,Anti Catholicism and the Culture of Death)
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To: Dionysiusdecordealcis

I think they'll give lip-service to the whole thing, too, and then do absolutely nothing. That's typical of these people. They don't have the guts to rebel openly, they want to keep their jobs, bennies and status, and they have found that passive resistance works just as well as anything more risky.

They simply ignored JPII, and they got away with it. I think they plan to do the same with BXVI.


22 posted on 03/23/2007 8:34:26 AM PDT by livius
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To: Dionysiusdecordealcis
Some of them will "make a deal" and promise to do X of Y to avoid having their Catholic status withdrawn,

See, there's the problem ... they should have the "Catholic" ticket yanked, and then be told that if they do "X, Y, and Z" to the Vatican's satisfaction they might get the ticket back.

23 posted on 03/23/2007 8:51:21 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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