The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pope pushes doctrine

Pope Benedict XVI called on Roman Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. to do more to affirm their "Catholic identity," particularly by ensuring the doctrinal orthodoxy of their faculty and staff.

Speaking in May to American bishops, Benedict said there has been a "growing recognition" on the part of Roman Catholic colleges of the need to "reaffirm their distinctive identity."

But "much remains to be done," he said, singling out church law that Roman Catholic theology teachers "have a mandate from the competent ecclesiastical authority," usually the local bishop.


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