Thomas More Rated Among Strongest in Catholic Identity

by mschwerdt on September 21, 2011

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts recently was rated among the strongest of all Catholic colleges and universities in maintaining its Catholic identity.

In its 2011 “Catholic Identity College Guide,” the National Catholic Register gave the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts a perfect score on achieving the ten “essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae.”

The Register rated Catholic institutions of higher education based on requirements in the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church and other relevant Church documents.  Criteria included having a Board of Trustees and faculty committed to the Catholic faith, theologians receiving the Mandatum, no coed dorms, proper vetting of campus speakers, and prohibition of unobjectionable clubs, among other items.

“I am thrilled that the National Catholic Register has recognized the strong Catholic culture that thrives on the campus of Thomas More College” said Dr. Fahey, President of Thomas More College.  “We work tirelessly to ensure that our students are properly formed in the tenants of our Faith and are encouraged to apply the Catholic Faith in their everyday lives.

Thomas More College has long been known for its fidelity to the Roman Catholic Church.  Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Vatican’s Congregation of Divine Workshop and the Discipline of the Sacraments, praised Thomas More College for “forming students intellectually and spiritually within the Catholic intellectual tradition and with unapologetic fidelity to the teaching authority of the Church.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura added, “Both the liberal arts curriculum and the extracurricular activities at Thomas More College are outstanding for their fidelity to the Magisterium”

Upon becoming President in 2009, Dr. William Fahey took the Oath of Fidelity on Assuming Office, pledging to see that under his leadership the College will safeguard “the deposit of faith in its entirety” and “faithfully hand it on and explain it.”

At the beginning of each academic year, all faculty members at Thomas More College take the Profession of Faith before the Tabernacle in the College’s chapel.  The Profession contains the Creed as well as a testimony accepting the entirety of Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Church.  It also calls for the professor to promise to “adhere with religious submission of will and intellect” to all authentic Catholic teachings which are presented by the “Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops” whenever they “exercise their authentic Magisterium.”

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacrament of Penance are offered each day on campus.  In addition to daily Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours is chanted daily, and Catholic devotions are encouraged.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is offered weekly, and regular retreats introduce students to such practices as lectio divina and the practice of “compunction of the heart.”  Furthermore, students have the opportunity for spiritual direction from any one of the College’s three chaplains.

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