.- A group of professors, students and alumni of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru are urging the school to obey the Vatican and update its statutes in accord with Church teaching.
Members from the Riva Aguero University Association â named after the principal benefactor of the university â called on school officials to âfully comply with the petition made by the Holy See, as the university would not exist were it not for the effort of the Catholic Church.â
The Vatican has given the Pontifical University of Peru until Easter 2012 to comply with the Churchâs requirements for Catholic colleges, marking the first time the Holy See has set a deadline for a university to reform.
University officials have been refusing to comply with the Churchâs guidelines for Catholic universities, which were laid out the papal document âEx Corde Ecclesiae.â The apostolic constitution was promulgated in 1990 by Pope John Paul II to clarify what is expected of an authentically Catholic university.
The association said in a Feb. 27 statement provided to CNA that the Church âhas the right to create educational institutions in harmony with the principles of the faith and her Magisterium.â
Members noted that the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru has been identified âsince its founding in 1917â as a Catholic institution dedicated to the âteaching of the doctrine of the Church, under the protection of the Holy See.â