Enhancing a Catholic Intellectual Culture
by Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D.
A Policy Series Guided by the Principles of Ex corde Ecclesiae
STUDIES IN CATHOLIC
David B. House, Ph.D.
Rev. Richard Dufeld, Cong. Orat.
John Henry Cardinal Newman Distinguished Fellow
Anne B. Hendershott, Ph.D.
John Paul II Fellow in Student Development
Kimberly C. Shankman, Ph.D.
St. Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Academic Afairs
Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D.
St. Ignatious o Loyola Fellow in Catholic Identity
Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D.
Preect, Supreme Tribunal o the Apostolic Signatura
John P. Hittinger, Ph.D.
Proessor o Philosophy; Center or Thomistic StudiesUniversity o St. Thomas (Houston)
Rev. Leonard A. Kennedy, C.S.B., Ph.D.
Former President, Assumption College,Univ. o Windsor; and St. Thomas MoreCollege, Univ. o Saskatchewan
Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Ph.D.
Associate Proessor o Philosophy,Fordham University
Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D.
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About the Author
Te Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., is a Proessor o Sociology and Fellow o the Lie Cycle Institute at Te Catholic University o America, and serves as the Director o the Summer Institute o Catholic Social Tought. He has writtenmore than 100 journal articles and research reports on issues o aith and cul-ture, including “Te Dierence Catholic Makes: Catholic Faculty and Catholic Identity” (Journal or the Scientic Study o Religion, March 2004), an empir-ical examination o some theses o Ex corde Ecclesiae. His most recent book is Catholic Social Tought: American Refections on the Compendium (Lexington).
Rejecting secular and Protestant norms and ideals, Catholic uni-versities today must assert a distinctive Catholic intellectual cul-ture featuring the unity of faith and reason, the acceptance of mag-isterial teaching and an active critique of culture. Such a Catholicintellectual culture will foster Catholic intellectuals and disposestudents to the truth, and has the potential to preserve and restoreelements of reason and humanity that are being lost in Westerncivilization.Specific institutional strategies for promoting a Catholic intel-lectual culture are suggested. These include promoting the disci-plines of theology and philosophy and integrating them across thecurriculum; developing a holistic approach to Catholic identity;integrating faculty into the Catholic and overall academic envi-ronment of the university; recruiting Catholic scholars who liveout their faith; guarding against outside research and professionalpressure; and promoting Catholic identity through a senior officialfor Catholic mission.