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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Creed and "What does it mean?"

I have looked at Fr. Araujo's post several times, trying to determine how far it advances us in the inquiry of conveying what it means to be a Catholic law school.  He suggests we need to take stock of the Creed, our profession of faith, when talking with faculty candidates who wish to teach at a Catholic school.

I'm going to guess that most Catholics (including a lot of Catholic academics) don't spend a lot of time reflecting on what they are affirming when they recite the Creed at Mass every week.  How many people, for example, examine seriously what it means when they affirm a belief in God the Father, the maker of heaven and earth?  (By the way, Michael Himes, in the chapter on Baptism in a slim volume called The Mystery of Faith does, I think, a beautiful job of discussing the implication of this affirmation.)

Second, even among Catholics who spend time reflecting on the meaning of the different elements of the Creed, I suspect there will be some variance in the understanding of what those elements mean, not only in terms of their own beliefs, but in term of the life of a law school.

If I am right about that, then what is the conversation that is to occur during the hiring process?  How does the Creed help us to identify to others, in a more meaningful way than the ways Rick suggests don't quite satisfy, who we are as a Catholic law school?   


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