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A Response from Asia to: The Catholic University as a Social and Political Actor in Plural Societies by His Eminence Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

This study draws upon the spirit of the apostolic constitution, issued by Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae. It addresses the issues of identity, morals, and needs of society as related to Catholic Higher Education. The paper provides demographic information and identifies critical issues for Catholic Universities based on research of two Catholic institutions in Taiwan. In Proceedings of the 23rd IFCU General Assembly - ISBN : 2-911048-94-6 (CD-Rom)
Author:
Falkenstein, Anne Therese
Issue Date:
2015-03-27
Document type:
Article
Description:
Discussion of the implications for Catholic 
Universities
 in
 contemporary 
societies to renew
 themselves
 in
 light
 of 
their 
founding
 charisms
 and 
the 
social
 teachings
 of
 the
 Catholic
 Church and methods to benchmark the overall Catholic status of institutions are also presented. In addition, specific examples of how the concerns of society are addressed through service learning programs, the promotion of a culture of life and participating in international partnerships are highlighted. The researcher also suggests that curricula that include biblical, professional, consumer, ecological, family and multi-media ethics are a means of fostering moral social life. Acknowledgement of the strength of diversity and the principles of harmony, compassion and balance in all things, as shared values among Christians, Buddhist and Daoist are emphasized. In addition, a parallel is drawn between the concept of yin and yang and the Christian belief that there is life in death. The study also cautions against Catholic elitism on campus. This action research paper concludes that it is the responsibility of both Catholic and non-Catholic administrators and educators to 
realize 
the
 Gospel
 message
 by 
promoting
 human 
rights,
 acting 
out
 of 
love,
 mercy 
and 
justice, supporting 
students
 and
 faculty
 in 
the
 deepening
 of
 faith,
 and 
inspiring 
them 
within 
the 
framework
 of 
an intellectual tradition 
that critically 
seeks
 truth,
 reason, and
 knowledge 
in 
the modern day.

Subject:
Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Catholic Higher Education, founding charism, yin and yang, service learning, international partnerships.
ISSN:
2-911048-94-6
Collection:
Social Politics
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