The Vatican, the Bishops, the Academy

If Push Comes to Shove, Nobody Will Budge

In April, the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education unexpectedly returned to the American bishops, for a "second draft," the regulations that will govern the relationship between the hierarchy and U.S. Catholic colleges and universities (see Commonweal, June 20, 1997). Why were they returned? Not because the bishops and the congregation disagree on the nature of Catholic universities as a theoretical matter, but because they disagree about who is in...

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About the Author

Paul C. Saunders is Of Counsel in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law School.