Committee to probe Sydney theology institute

The Archdiocese of Sydney has established a Committee to examine the future academic and financial viability of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, as well as claims that it is not meeting the needs of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd.

The Committee, announced late last month, is calling for submissions by 22 August, and will report to Cardinal George Pell by the end of September.

The Terms of Reference indicate that it will look into the "future academic and financial viability of the Catholic Institute of Sydney in light of significant increases in operating deficits and Archdiocesan subsidies in the period 1998-2004".

It will also "investigate the inability of CIS to meet the needs of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd".

The Institute, which grants theology degrees from the Sydney College of Divinity, grew out of the theological education arm of the former St Patrick's Seminary at Manly.

A large proportion of its student body is lay, but the Committee has been asked to examine the desirability and cost of educating lay students at CIS in view of options available elsewhere. Theological education is also available from the Australian Catholic University, Notre Dame University, John Paul II Institute, and Campion College (from 2006).

The Committee is composed of Mr T.K. Tobin QC, Professor Peter Drake, and Fr John Usher. Its secretary is Mr Michael Moore.

Catholic Institute of Sydney - Committee of Enquiry Call for Written Submissions (Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney 22/7/05)

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