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Cardinal Parolin: Catholic universities should help students counter materialism, positivism

April 11, 2016

The Catholic university is called to promote dialogue between faith and reason, and between theology and the other sciences, to help students counter the dominant ideologies of the day, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said in a letter released on April 10.

“Without an eye to the fundamental values of truth, goodness, justice and peace, which comes from a genuine opening of the spirit, you cannot counter the strong impulses toward materialism and scientific positivism that seem to be the dominant coordinates on which the culture and society of our time seem to move,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin wrote on the occasion of the Day for the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

“A distinctive sign of the Catholic institution of higher learning must always and ever more be that of an education energetically ordered to solidarity and the service of the least among us, through all dimensions of knowledge and human life,” he added.

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  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 12, 2016 10:36 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Parolin's words should spur American bishops to take seriously their obligation to assure that Catholic universities are indeed Catholic. Many are not faithful in their teaching, but have become secular in the (fill in the blank) tradition!

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Apr. 11, 2016 10:04 PM ET USA

    Without question and no doubt. But if you have a question or a doubt, do the research: which Catholic Universities have REFUSED to sign on to the Mandatum? Which have not? For there is more to the problem than just "materialism".