At the University of Notre Dame, faculty, staff and, administrators grapple with the question: what is the role of a Catholic university? How does the university balance its commitment to genuine intellectual inquiry as well as its commitment to definitive statements of the Catholic faith? Many great minds and wise saints have grappled with these questions, and the University looks to these authors for guidance as it formulates its own identity. Blessed John Cardinal Newman, who founded the Catholic University of Dublin, which Notre Dame continues to minister to under the aegis of the Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, wrote The Idea of a University, which informed and was informed by his establishment of a distinctly Catholic University in the modern, secular age. Pope John Paul II, one hundred years after Newman, wrote that the proper activity of a Catholic University is “learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better."
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