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Saturday, October 27, 2007

What does it mean?

Rick has asked an excellent question regarding “what does it mean” to be a Catholic law school? Well, I think he has raised an honest and important question that several of us have addressed in the past along with friends of MOJ such as John Breen. As there are many rooms in our Father’s house, so there might be many ways of yet, once again, approaching this important question.

But, to date, I do not believe that any of us have addressed the issue of how do we take stock of the following profession of faith that needs to be considered when we discuss this vital issue amongst ourselves and with those who wish to teach at a “Catholic law school.” It seems that some candidates may wish to investigate this matter even though hiring representatives may consider it out of bounds insofar as they may conclude the AALS would not approve of an investigation of the profession. I wonder what would happen if it were discussed with those who currently teach at “Catholic law schools”? But I shall leave this second matter for another day. Here’s the text which, sooner or later, must have a bearing on the work of a Catholic law school:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy Catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Amen, indeed.    RJA sj


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