A diverse set of documents are available to inform and guide contemporary efforts to incorporate and build upon the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. You may also wish to view a presentation by ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, Big Questions and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, delivered to the Freshman Symposium at the University of St. Thomas (TX).
For Further Reading
William J. Cahoy, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: What Is It? Why Should I Care? Fall forum, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, August 20, 2003.
Anthony Cernera and Oliver Morgan, eds., Examining the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Sacred Heart University Press, 2000.
John C. Haughey, SJ, Where Is Knowing Going? The Horizons of the Knowing Subject, Georgetown University Press, 2009.
Monika Hellwig, “What Can the Roman Catholic Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?” in Models for Christian Higher Education: Strategies for Success in the Twenty-First Century, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997.
Robert Imbelli, ed., “Exploring the Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” C21 Resources, Boston College, 2013.
Michelle Loris, “Engaging the Catholic Intellectual Tradition - Sacred Heart University's Common Core: The Human Journey,” Mission and Catholic Identity Publications 7, 2009.
John J. Piderit, SJ, and Melanie Morey, eds., Teaching the Tradition: Catholic Themes in Academic Disciplines, Oxford University Press, 2012.
Margaret Steinfels, “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” Origins 25(11), 1995.
Terrence Tilley, Inventing Catholic Tradition, Orbis Books, 2000.
Guiding Documents of Catholic Higher Education in the United States
Ex corde Ecclesiae
Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on Catholic Universities (August 15, 1990)
Ex corde Ecclesiae, An Application to the United States
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2001)
Address to Educators, Pope Benedict XVI
Catholic University of America, April 17, 2008
Fides et Ratio (1998)
Encyclical Letter, Pope John Paul II
Resources Maintained by Member Institutions
Catholic Identity, College of St. Benedict's/St. John's University
A description of how "the intellectual life of these campuses embodies and affirms the harmony of faith and reason in addition to the dignity of each person."
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Sacred Heart University Press
Offers books and a video series focused on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, St. Mary's University (TX)
Video of University President Thomas Mengler discussing Catholic Intellectual Tradition at his institution
Center for Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University
Dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture.
Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University
Offers perspective on the contemporary Catholic Church from an Ignatian perspective.
The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition is one of the four focal issues of the Center, which offers a number of resources to explore the tradition.
The Benedictine Intellectual Tradition: An Overview, Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities
The Rev. Joel Rippinger, OSB, Marmion Abbey, traces the features and sources of the Benedictine intellectual tradition.
The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities
Publications exploring the rich Franciscan intellectual heritage.
Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education, Boston College
A journal publishing the papers presented at each Boston College Roundtable, which brings together scholars and administrators from Catholic colleges and universities to discuss the vision and promise of Catholic higher education in the United States.
Foundational Documents on Jesuit Catholic Education, Xavier University
Online resource directory to several documents on Jesuit education, including a focus on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Mission of the University: A Continuing Conversation, University of Dayton
An intended starting point for conversation and reflection on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its incorporation.
Office of Mission and Ministry: Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Villanova University
Resources provided to assist with the goal of preserving and contributing to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.