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Pope appoints commission of cardinals to resolve Peruvian university conflict

Catholic World News - May 01, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed a commission of three cardinals to resolve a longstanding conflict between the Vatican and a Lima university once known as the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

Following unsuccessful Vatican efforts, since 1990, to prod the university to rewrite its statutes in accordance with St. John Paul II’s apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, then the Vatican’s Secretary of State, issued a decree in 2012 declaring that the university may no longer use the titles “pontifical” and “Catholic.” The university nonetheless continues to identify itself as the “Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.”

Citing a university statement, Catholic News Service reported that the new commission, whose members include Quebec Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, and Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, is entrusted with the task of finding a “final, consensual solution in the framework of the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the outstanding issues.”

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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - May. 01, 2014 5:18 PM ET USA

    Do we really need a commission? We need the exercise of authority to deal with the recalcitrant.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 01, 2014 3:09 PM ET USA

    I thought this matter was correctly resolved, but I should have known - normnuke is right. It'll probably be resolved that the "Church acted too hastily." How many years is it all right to ignore Ex Corde Ecclesiae? Look at all the many CINO universities (probably overwhelmingly Jesuit) in the U.S. - most continue to ignore Ex Corde Ecclesiae, too. Of course, no bishops have moved against them, either. The USCCB ignores things, as well.

  • Posted by: normnuke - May. 01, 2014 10:56 AM ET USA

    Now the 'Pontifical Catholic' University of Peru has gotten what it obviously wanted: an excuse to stage a public drama in which enlightened leftist intellectuals will strut their contempt for the Church to the applause of their kin in the media.

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