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Trouble at the University of Dallas?

March 04, 2011

The board of trustees of the University of Dallas has unanimously approved a new undergraduate major in pastoral ministry. Some of the program’s faculty members, according to Patrick Fagan, have engaged in a troubling “pattern of dissent” from the teaching of the Church.

“I am aware that some concerns have been pointed out about whether or not the School of Ministry and this course of study is to be truly orthodox,” said Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas. “Let me remind the Catholic people of the diocese that that is my responsibility and I’m the one who has to stand before God. I do not take it lightly.”


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 07, 2011 3:40 PM ET USA

    Tuition at UD is high as a cat's back. Isn't there a better way to spend your money than a basically useless degree is a contrived field?

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Mar. 05, 2011 6:09 PM ET USA

    Let me remind the Bishop that we ALL have to stand before God: for example, regarding where we send our children to college, and what colleges that we support financially. No bishop can stand in our place. Hopefully, none of this take that lightly, although to be frank many bishops have given little evidence of that in recent decades.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 04, 2011 9:21 AM ET USA

    Schools of Pastoral Ministry are notorious havens of dissent. I believe that Santa Clara University has one that has been mentioned several times.