This 1991 apostolic constitution on Catholic universities sets down the Church's understanding of the role of a Catholic university in the life of the Church and in the world. The first half of the document speaks about the balance between fidelity to the teachings of the church and the freedom required to advance knowledge. The second half sets out the framework of a canonical relationship between a university, its faculty, and the local bishop.
This course looks more closely into the 1991 papal encyclical Ex Corde Ecclesiae (from the heart of the church) about the role of Catholic universities in the life of the Church and of the world and its effect on Catholic universities in America.
This is a course for new faculty and staff at Dominican universities, containing basic information about Catholic and Dominican approaches to higher education, the history of the Order of Preachers, and the Dominican family in the United States.