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US bishops to hold conversations with Catholic college presidents

January 21, 2011

In 1990, Venerable John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, his apostolic constitution on Catholic universities. In 1999, the bishops of the United States approved “The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States,” which went into effect in 2001.

During the upcoming year, each Catholic college president will meet with his local bishop to review the implementation of the latter document. “This review will help us appreciate the positive developments and remaining challenges in the collaborative efforts of bishops and presidents to ensure the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae in the United States,” said Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“I was pleased and grateful that the bishops invited university presidents to help shape the instrument that will guide these conversations,” said Father Dennis Holtschneider, chairman of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and president of DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic college.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 23, 2011 1:57 PM ET USA

    It's been over 20 years since Ex Corde Ecclesiae, so why an additional 10 years? One wonders what goes on at the USCCB (but not really), so it seems we'll have over 10 years worth of more scandal?

  • Posted by: Obregon - Jan. 22, 2011 1:24 PM ET USA

    Gee, are individual bishops finally going to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae in our so-called "Catholic" universities? The bishops could had taken care of this issue twenty years ago, but I'm afraid now it is too late. Just about the only thing a bishop can do is to declared a "Catholic" university NOT Catholic.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 21, 2011 7:53 PM ET USA

    The Chairman on Catholic Education can mosey on down the street and visit the Jesuits at LMU and they can all get a certificate in Yoga. But make sure everyone understands what terms like 200 BCE and 450 CE mean (from the LMU website), after all I thought we were Catholic and used BC and AD?

  • Posted by: umpynelson3459 - Jan. 21, 2011 4:55 PM ET USA

    Well, isnt this kinda like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 21, 2011 3:42 PM ET USA

    Gee, it's only been 21 years since Ex Corde and the bishops have decided to hold conversations. It is, of course, true that the Church thinks in terms of centuries, but one wonders about the souls who have gone through all those Jesuit and other colleges taught by dissidents in the meantime.

  • Posted by: Hal - Jan. 21, 2011 2:00 PM ET USA

    Sorry too much water under the bridge. I'm a "wait and see" on this with a healthy dose of skepticism thrown in. I think Notre Dame is irretrievable. But, hope springs eternal.