Cavadini Weighs In
John Cavadini, Chair of the Department of Theology at Notre Dame (and Commonweal contributor) has weighed in with an “open letter” regarding President Jenkins’ recent “closing statement” on the ongoing controversy at the university. It reads, in part:
But Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which the President’s statement cites, speaks of a relationship not in the first place between the Catholic university and the Catholic intellectual tradition, but between the Catholic university and the Church. And, whether we recognize it or not, this relationship to the Church – to the real, incarnate Body of Christ, the Church as it is with all its blemishes and not the abstract, idealized Church in our minds – is the lifeblood and only guarantee of our identity as a Catholic university. There is no Catholic identity apart from affiliation with the Church. Appeal to “the Catholic intellectual tradition” apart from some explicit relationship to the Church risks reducing the tradition itself to an abstraction. And again, I do not mean an imaginary Church we sometimes might wish existed, but the concrete, visible communion of “hierarchic and charismatic gifts,” “at once holy and always in need of purification,” in which “each bishop represents his own church and all of [the bishops] together with the Pope represent the whole Church …” (Lumen Gentium 1.4,8; 3.23).
Hat Tip: Mirror of Justice