Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Pope's Challenge to Catholic Universities

Yesterday, Pope Benedict visited the Sacred Heart Catholic University in Rome. He challenged the teachers and students to cast out their nets and become "fishers of men". He told them to be "people of conscience, well prepared people who place their professional expertise at the service of the Kingdom of God". Well said Holy Father.

Here is part of his address:

Moving on to the thousands of young people who pass through the university, the Pope asked: "How do they leave? What culture did they find, assimilate, develop? This is the great challenge: ... to give life to a true Catholic university, one that excels for the quality of its research and teaching and, at the same time, for its faithfulness to the Gospel and to the Church's Magisterium."

He stressed that "the Catholic university is a great workshop in which, in keeping with the various disciplines, new lines of research are constantly being developed in a stimulating encounter between faith and reason, one that aims to recover the synthesis" between these two elements.

Read more here.


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