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Catholic Identity College List 2010 - 2011

BY The Register

October 18-24, 2009 Issue | Posted 10/13/09 at 1:04 PM

 

Below find:

Catholic Identity Questionnaire

The only objective measure of the effort by Catholic colleges and universities to achieve basic Catholic identity, composed of 10 key markers, each with a straightforward Yes/No question.

Questionnaire Sources

Essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity as in John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae, its Application to the United States, canon law and other relevant Church documents.

Brief History of Catholic Higher Education in America

Why it became necessary to create an instrument to gauge the effort of colleges and universities to recover or renew their Catholic identity.

Catholic Identity College List 2010

These colleges and universities are publicly transparent regarding the right of students and parents to know whether they are teaching the faith in communion with the Church.

Print Version of the Catholic Identity College List 2010

For Colleges: How to Participate in the Catholic Identity College List

The list is published free each fall in the National Catholic Register. Only participating schools can advertise in the Register and be published in the Register’s annual College Guide.

1. Aquinas College

2. The Augustine Institute

3. Ave Maria University

4. Belmont Abbey College

5. Benedictine College

6. The Catholic Distance University

7. The Catholic University of America

8. Christendom College

9. College of Saint Mary

10. The College of Saint Thomas More

11. DeSales University

12. Franciscan University of Steubenville

13. Holy Apostles College and Seminary

14. Holy Spirit College

15. Institute for the Psychological Sciences

16. Pontifical John Paul II Institute for studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America

17. John Paul the Great Catholic University

18. Living Water College of the Arts

19. Magdalen College

20. Mount St. Mary’s University

21. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy

22. Redeemer Pacific College

23. St. Gregory’s University

24. Saint Vincent College

25. Thomas Aquinas College

26. The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

27. University of Dallas

28. University of Mary

29. University of Sacramento

30. University of St. Thomas

31. Walsh University

32. Wyoming Catholic College


How to Participate in the Listing

To be added to our list of Catholic colleges and universities, a school must answer the Catholic Identity Questionnaire. N/A (not applicable) answers must be explained. If so desired, No answers may be explained. (See the College List for examples of explanations.) Send answers to:

Tom Wehner

Register College Guide

P.O. Box 100699

Irondale, AL 35210

TWehner@ewtn.com


The Catholic Identity Questionnaire

1. Did the president make the public profession of faith and take the oath of fidelity?

2. Is the majority of the board of trustees Catholic?

3. Is the majority of the faculty Catholic?

4. Do you publicly require all Catholic theology professors to have the mandatum?

5. Did all Catholic theology professors take the oath of fidelity?

6. Do you provide daily Mass and posted times (at least weekly) for individual confession?

7. Do you exclude advocates of abortion, euthanasia, or cloning as commencement speakers or recipients of honorary degrees?

8. Do you exclude sponsoring pro-abortion campus groups?

9. Do you exclude coed dorms?

10. Do your student health services exclude referrals to abortion businesses?

Questionnaire Sources

The Catholic Identity Questionnaire offers objective questions about a university’s Catholic identity. We designed the questionnaire so that a “YES” answer reflects essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (Out of the Heart of the Church), its 2000 Application to the United States, canon law, and other relevant Church documents.

The Institution

President’s Oath
Canon 833
The president of a Catholic university is personally bound to make a profession of faith, according to the formula approved by the Apostolic See, in the presence of the chancellor or diocesan bishop or a delegate at the beginning of the term of office.
The Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity, "Acta Apostolicae Sedis" 1989
The obligation of a special oath of fidelity has been extended to presidents of Catholic universities.

Catholic Board
U.S. Application
To the extent possible, the majority of the board of trustees should be Catholics committed to the Church.

Catholic Faculty
U.S. Application
The university should strive to recruit and appoint Catholics as professors so that, to the extent possible, those committed to the witness of the faith will constitute a majority of the faculty.

MandatumRequired
Canon 812
It is necessary that Catholic theologians have a mandatum from the diocesan bishop.

Pope John Paul II (to American bishops, 2004)
By their very nature, Catholic colleges and universities are called to offer an institutional witness of fidelity to Christ and to his word as it comes to us from the Church, a public witness expressed in the canonical requirement of the mandatum.

U.S. Application
Both the university and the bishops, aware of the contributions made by theologians to Church and academy, have a right to expect them to present authentic Catholic teaching. Catholic professors of the theological disciplines have a corresponding duty to be faithful to the Church’s magisterium as the authoritative interpreter of sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition.

U.S. Application
Catholic students have a right to receive from a university instruction in authentic Catholic doctrine and practice, especially from theologians.

Mandatum Text
I hereby declare my role and responsibility as a teacher of a theological discipline within the full communion of the Church. As a teacher of a theological discipline, therefore, I am committed to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium.

U.S. Application
If a particular professor lacks a mandatum and continues to teach a theological discipline, the university must determine what further action may be taken in accordance with its own mission and statutes.

Theologians’ Oath
Canon 833
Catholic theologians are personally bound to make a profession of faith, according to the formula approved by the Apostolic See, in the presence of the university president if he is a priest, or the diocesan bishop or a delegate, at the beginning of their term of office.
The Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity, "Acta Apostolicae Sedis" 1989
The obligation of a special oath of fidelity has been extended to Catholic theology professors.

Campus Culture

Mass and Confession
U.S. Application
Catholic students have a right to be provided with opportunities to practice the faith through participation in Mass, the sacraments, religious devotions, and other authentic forms of Catholic spirituality. The university shall make provision for effective campus ministry programs, including the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and penance, other liturgical celebrations, and opportunities for prayer and spiritual reflection.

Speakers Vetted
The U.S. Bishops’ 2004 “Catholics in Political Life”
Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms that would suggest support for their actions.

Unobjectionable Clubs
U.S. Application
It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including activities of officially recognized student and faculty organizations and associations.

No Coed Dorms
U.S. Application
It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including the commitment to create a campus culture and environment that is expressive and supportive of a Catholic way of life.

Health Services Okay
U.S. Application
It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including the commitment to provide health care in conformity with the Church’s ethical and religious teaching and directives.