.- The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has announced the launch of the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education with the stated goal of studying Catholic colleges and universities âin accordance with the guidelines of 'Ex corde Ecclesiae' and in a manner faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.â
A press release from the CNS says the Center will publish a quarterly Bulletin of Catholic Higher Education, produce research reports and analysis on what it believes are key issues, and sponsor conferences and workshops for education leaders.
The Cardinal Newman Society says the Center will provide âmuch-needed research and analysis about the critical issues and âbest practicesâ at the heart of the renewal of Catholic higher education.â
âOn April 17, Pope Benedict XVI presented an exciting vision for the renewal of Catholic higher education and called on Catholic college presidents to âensure that the power of Godâs truth permeates every dimension of the institutions they serve,ââ said CNS President Patrick J. Reilly.
âThis new Center will enlist Catholic leaders and academics to take up key themes in the Holy Fatherâs address, including the âcrisis of faithâ that lies at the root of the modern âcrisis of truth,â the âunity of knowledgeâ as it relates to curricula and teaching, and the proper application of academic freedom,â Reilly continued.
According to the Cardinal Newman Society, the Center will assume responsibility for researching and writing the second edition of the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which will be released next year.
The director of the Center is Joseph A. Esposito, editor of the Newman Guide and former CNS director of research. A former Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, Esposito has also been a Catholic writer and an adjunct professor of history.
âWe are looking forward to being a helpful resource to Catholic colleges and universities as they tackle some of the most important issues confronting Catholic higher education today,â Esposito said. âWe expect the output of the Center to be prodigious as well as insightful.â
The new Centerâs website is located at http://www.catholichighered.org/