Service to the Catholic Church in a Manner Appropriate for a University

As a Catholic university, Notre Dame is aware of its privileged responsibility to place itself in service to the Church. Ex corde Ecclesiae discusses several means by which it is proper for a Catholic university to serve the Church: to include among its research the study of serious contemporary problems, to try to communicate to society those ethical and religious principles which give full meaning to human life, to serve others for the promotion of social justice, and to model cooperation between disciplines in common research projects.

There are many complex issues that vie for our attention, and it is difficult to know where to start as individual efforts can seem inadequate. Presenting this challenge to the Notre Dame community, Father Jenkins said, “I pray that we will be people who see the world and its problems with a steady, honest, unflinching gaze; that because of our faith in God’s goodness, we will apply all our knowledge and skill to a thoughtful, fair, balanced analysis of those issues; that we never flag in seeking solutions, and in encouraging others to do so; and, perhaps most importantly, that we will have the courage and conviction to act when action is called for, and that we inspire others to act as well.”

The University supports those who serve the Church through their expertise by providing appropriate forums for interdisciplinary discussion, excellence in theological dialogue, and training that emphasizes mentorship and experience. By doing so we demonstrate how the pursuit of truth is put to use in a life of faith.