Friday, August 20, 2010

As we gear up for another academic year we ask: What happened to the papal encyclicals about Catholic universities?

Randall Smith, associate professor of theology of the University of St. Thomas, Houston asks why Catholic universities don't pay attention to Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

A snippet: "How tragic. One of the greatest popes in history writes a remarkably nuanced and intellectually profound encyclical — one basically exhorting Western civilization not to lose its faith in reason — and a dozen years later the response from the halls of the academy is still a collective yawn: “We can’t be bothered with this. We’re much too busy doing cutting-edge scholarship.” Cutting-edge scholarship that very few people read, much less care about, and that is largely subservient to the categories of modern thought, rather than a challenge to them."

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