|Vatican||POPE HIGHLIGHTS SPECIAL ROLE OF CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES|
Pope John Paul II has said that Catholic universities have a special role in the 'new evangelisation', adding that "reason can help faith avoid the dangers of myth or superstition".
He told trustees of the Catholic University of America: "Your University has long made a quite special contribution to the Church and society in the United States, and therefore I am happy to have this occasion to encourage you to continue to shape and implement the vision of a truly Catholic university in your culture, especially at this time."
He said: "Reason can help faith avoid the dangers of myth or superstition, and faith can open reason to that fullness of truth which of its nature it always seeks. The entire Catholic tradition bears witness to this mutuality, and the Catholic University of America can make no greater contribution to the work of the new evangelisation than to stand as a witness to this deep harmony of faith and reason."
Meanwhile, intensive debate has followed last week's approval by the US Catholic bishops of a proposal that requires theology teachers to have episcopal endorsement.
Supporters of the proposal say some church-affiliated colleges are nearly indistinguishable from secular campuses, while the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities contends that the proposed controls could endanger public aid - threatening the survival of some schools - and would violate academic procedures and civil law.
Zenit & Boston Globe 12:06pm 29/9/99