Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dr. Don Briel on Catholic Universities and Surrender of Moral Authority

The modern Catholic university’s decision to turn theology studies into an academic, intellectual pursuit separated from a relationship with the Church, has led to grave consequences and a surrendering of “moral authority to shape the souls of students,” argued Dr. Don Briel, founder of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas, at a recent conference.

The Cardinal Newman Society reported last month that Briel announced his retirement from the Center following 21 years at the helm of the program.

During the keynote address at the “Twenty Years of Catholic Studies” conference, ... Briel spoke of his experience as a student at the University of Notre Dame in the 1960s and the ensuing changes at the University.  (more...)

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