.- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said this week Catholic universities must make âthe comprehensive formation of the personâ a priority and that centers of higher learning must not become âmere degree factories.â
During a seminar on Catholic universities organized by the John Henry Newman Institute of the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, the cardinal explained that the âuniversity cannot just yield to the demands of the market and become a mere degree factory,â since its mission one of âpassionate service to the truth.â
Cardinal Poupard also noted that the Catholic university must prioritize âthe comprehensive formation of the personâ in all areas of knowledge, because only by seeking the growth of the human being will it help to avoid âa world dominated by soulless experts.â
âThe mission of the Catholic university is not complete if it does not aspire to evangelize,â the cardinal continued, calling on university professors to âbe teachers of their students and not only instructors.â
âThe future of humanity is in the hands of those who know who to give to upcoming generations reasons to live and reasons to hope,â he added.