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Week of July 18, 2005
Rules promote college Catholic identity
Canadian Catholic News
Ordinances designed to promote the Catholic identity and mission of Canada's Catholic colleges and universities will go into force May 1, 2006, according to a decree of promulgation issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) July 10.
At www.cccb.ca, the CCCB also published a link to the ordinances, which are adapted to a Canadian context Pope John Paul's Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a document governing Catholic institutions of higher education.
"For its part, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledges its right and duty to promote Catholic universities and colleges, as well as to foster their excellence through pastoral leadership and public signs of support," the CCCB document says.
The ordinances are to be annexed to the governing documents of the universities.
The Vatican approved the ordinances a year ago. They were originally supposed to come into effect in August 2005, but the CCCB has given the institutions an extension to comply.
The ordinances, while upholding academic freedom and scholarly excellence, stress the recruitment of faculty of "exemplary character" so as to appoint "teachers who are outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and probity of life."
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