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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Notre Shame

This is what the Pope had to say to the folks from Notre Shame.


In my recent Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, I stressed the missionary dimension of Christian discipleship, which needs to be evident in the lives of individuals and in the workings of each of the Church’s institutions. This commitment to “missionary discipleship” ought to be reflected in a special way in Catholic universities (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 132-134), which by their very nature are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life. Essential in this regard is the uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom, precisely in and through her institutions, to uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors. It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness. And this is important: its identity, as it was intended from the beginning. To defend it, to preserve it and to advance it!
Franciscus
Address to delegation of the University of Notre Dame du Lac
January 30, 2014

2 comments:

Barona said...

A certain priest - "expert" in media etc. is silent on this issue. When priests pick and choose, they too participate in the demolition project.

Aloysius Gonzaga said...

Ha ha, no ambiguity in that statement from the Pope. Of course those priests at Notre Dame will find some way of spinning this to make it seem benign.