Friday, January 18, 2013

Bishop Joseph McFadden: Apostolic constitution examined the nature and mission of the Catholic University

Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released a report examining the implementation of Blessed John Paul’s 1990 apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae in the United States over the past ten years.

The apostolic constitution examined the nature and mission of the Catholic university.

“The relationship between bishops and presidents on the local level can be characterized as positive and engaged, demonstrating progress on courtesy and cooperation in the last ten years,” the USCCB report stated. “Clarity about Catholic identity among college and university leadership has fostered substantive dialogues and cultivated greater mission driven practices across the university. In acknowledging that much progress has been made, we recognize there is still work to be done.”

“Under the auspices of the Committee on Catholic Education, a working group of bishops and presidents will be formed to continue the dialogue about strategic subjects on a national level,” the report continued.

The working group will address four topics: “continuing dialogue between bishops and presidents toward greater cooperation in advancing the mission of the Church; hiring for mission; forming trustees, faculty, and staff regarding Catholic identity; [and] addressing the need for improved, accurate, and deeper theological and catechetical knowledge through curricular and pastoral means.”