I wish to reaffirm the great value of academic freedom,” Benedict told hundreds of educators gathered at Catholic University of America.
“Yet it is also the case that 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.
In 2004, the U.S. bishops warned schools against honoring or giving a platform to Catholic lawmakers who support abortion rights and take other stands contrary to church teaching.
San Antonio Archbishop Jose Gomez complained after Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who supports legal abortion, held a campaign rally in February at St. Mary’s University.
Pope John Paul II had tried to strengthen Catholic identity on campus, partly by requiring a “mandatum” from U.S. Catholic theologians by 2002, pledging that they would teach authentic doctrine.
Many professors said it was a violation of academic freedom. Some U.S. bishops said they would not enforce the mandate. The process was private, and it is not known how many professors signed on.
The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, said he appreciated the pope’s message that Catholic educators “shouldn’t make any untruth appealing or attractive.”
He said Catholic colleges and universities already do that by distinguishing between “providing a forum where various views can be expressed and promoting views.”
Pope: Catholic colleges should be in line with church
PArece que pronto la frase “universidad católica” será un oxymoron (=A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist). Esperemos que la razón, la sana discusión y la libertad de expresión primen sobre los mandatos de una iglesia oficial cada vez más restrictivas.
Update: y para que no quede duda, aqui mas sobre las palabras y acciones del Papa (Reporte del NY Times)
In his writings before and since becoming pope, Benedict has stressed the importance of a strict adherence to orthodoxy, and opposition to a wide array of modern cultural trends, including feminism, gay rights, and demands — especially among American Catholics — for greater democracy and administrative transparency within the church.
Yo no entiendo como gente progresista puede aun seguir a un lider como él y seguir una iglesia que tiene estos preceptos de intoleracia, discriminación y antidemocracia.