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Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization

Today courses in Catholic theology are supposed to be characterized by the New Evangelization. My contention is supported by two basic lines of evidence. First, magisterial teaching strongly testifies to the necessity of teaching theology with an evangelical orientation, including Vatican II’s Gravissimum Educationis, several documents issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2008 address to Catholic educators. These sources demonstrate that professors working in Catholic institutions of higher education are supposed to explain the rationale for Church teaching in the classroom. Second, I briefly outline and discuss the results from a questionnaire that I sent out to at least one theologian at every Catholic college and university in the Unites States. The results of this questionnaire indicate some hesitations about my proposal. I exposit these challenges under five broad headings and offer rebuttals to their concerns in the light of Catholic teaching. Magisterium, Universities, Evangelization One of the most important documents for understanding the role of Catholic education in the modern world is Vatican II’s Gravissimum Educationis. This Declaration …

Catholic Intellectual Tradition as Adventure

Catholic Memorial High School, in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, recently began a “Scholars Program” to recognize and promote academic excellence. Students must apply, write an essay and be interviewed before acceptance. There are currently about sixty members out of an enrollment of seven hundred. A key focus of the Program will be the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. In view of this I was invited to give the Program’s “Inaugural Lecture,” on All Saints Day, entitled, “Saints and Scholars: Appreciating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” I offer here some of the reflections presented to an audience of students, faculty and parents. Let us begin with one approach to our theme: “The Catholic intellectual tradition is the centuries-old effort to understand the Mystery of faith more fully—its scope and implications—and to live it more faithfully.” When I was growing up “Mystery” was often presented as “incomprehensible” and portrayed as a red light before which understanding must stop. But in a more authentic Catholic view, Mystery signifies “inexhaustible”—like a blinking yellow light, that signals us to proceed with …