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Monday, August 16, 2010

Boston College's take on "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition"

Fr. Robert Imbelli -- whose posts we all often read at dotCommonweal -- passed on to me this link to an interesting document, "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition," recently produced by a Committee at Boston College.  Check it out, and let me (and all of us) know what you think.

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I read that and was both encouraged and discouraged. Encouraged because it shows an awakening to the desperate need for an integrating vision about Christian higher education. Discouraged because its focus is on the "Catholic intellectual tradition" as forming the basis for "conversation". Sadly, I'm jaded enough to wonder if this is another way of sidestepping some substantive issue.

In point of fact, the goal of Christian inquiry is to lead us to knowledge and not simply discussion; and this knowledge is of a very specific kind: knowledge of the Triune God. What is stopping BC from saying that it imparts the sanctifying wisdom leading one to fellowship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

In this document I note there are no references to the Trinity and two references to Jesus Christ (four just to "Jesus"). Possibly I miscounted?

Posted by: Joshua | Aug 16, 2010 5:22:16 PM

"The true Catholic university, then, is a community of teachers, scholars, students, and administrators sharing an intellectual journey and conversation in the pursuit of truth."

There is nothing distinctly Catholic about that definition, not to mention the fact that one cannot pursue The Truth if one does not know Who The Truth is, to begin with. :-)

To state that the true Catholic University, then, is a community of teachers, scholars, students, and administrators sharing an intellectual journey and conversation in the pursuit of The Truth while remaining in full communion with The Magisterium of the Catholic Church would be closer to the truth leading one closer to The Truth. One would then have to revisit those statements that are not consistent with this new closing statement, least the entire statement makes The Truth appear to be relative.

Posted by: Nancy D. | Aug 17, 2010 4:51:38 PM