WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI told leaders of America's Roman Catholic colleges and universities Thursday that academic freedom has "great value" for the schools, but it does not justify promoting positions that violate the Catholic faith.We're approaching two decades since Ex Corde Ecclesiae was promulgated, and so little has been done.
Benedict, a former academic, said that church teaching should shape all aspects of campus life and that Catholic educators have a "profound responsibility to lead the young to truth."
"....any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the church would obstruct or even betray the university's identity and mission," he said.
The Church and the Holy Father speak - how few listen - just as in the days of our Lord. Indeed, the servant is no greater than the Master.