Pope Francis has had a profound impact on the work we do at Catholic University. It's entirely consonant with the thought of his predecessor. But like the second movement of a Mozart symphony, it's a different key and tempo from the first.
La Salle University, a Catholic school located in a low-income north Philadelphia neighborhood, has deaccessioned 46 of its museum's artworks as part of a five-year strategic plan, causing concern among curators, museum directors and donors.
Scholars gathered at the University of Notre Dame to re-examine the concept called "academic freedom," and determine how it could and should operate at Catholic colleges and universities.
Catholic universities must give "uncompromising" and "unambiguous" witness to church teaching and defend themselves from all efforts to dilute their Catholic identity, Pope Francis said.
Catholic universities, "by their very nature, are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life," he said in an audience with members of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame and other officials.