2 boxes (1 linear ft.)..
Collection documents the discussion, application and implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church) for United States colleges and universities.
The Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, drafts of proposal, minutes of meetings, reports and supplementary materials on the Apostolic Constitution. The bulk of the collection consists on materials created or published from 1990 to 2002. It is organized in two groups, Records and Articles.
Ex Corde Ecclesia or From the Heart of the Church is Pope John Paul IIs apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities. It was released by the Vatican on September 25, 1990.
The constitution is divided into two main parts, the first on the Catholic universitys identity and mission, and the second a presentation of general norms under seven headings for all Catholic universities and other Catholic institutes of higher studies throughout the world. The constitution outlines four essential characteristics of Catholic universities and calls for universities to make their Catholic identity known. The document examines theologys role in the university and vis-a-vis the magisterium, the relationship with the local bishop, campus ministry and the institutions dialogue with culture and with the sciences. Also discussed is laity in the university, the role of non-Catholics, interdisciplinary education, and the responsibility of civil governments, ecumenical dialogue and evangelization. The apostolic constitution is addressed to those who conduct Catholic universities, to the respective academic communities, to all those who have an interest in them, particularly bishops, religious congregations, ecclesial institutions and laity committed to higher education.
The apostolic constitution was viewed as a rebuttal to the Land OLakes Statement, a 1967 position paper adopted by the participants of a seminar sponsored by University of Notre Dame on the role of Catholic universities. Seminar attendees included the University Presidents of Notre Dame, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Boston College, Fordham, St. Louis University, Pontifical University of Puerto Rico, the Archbishop of Atlanta and more than a dozen other educators of North American Catholic higher education.
This collection is open for research, some restrictions may apply.
Finding Aid available at Barry University Archives and Special Collections.