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4 President's Office: Ex Corde Ecclesiae Collection

Ex Corde Ecclesiae

I. Overview of the Collection

 Title: Ex Corde Ecclesiae Collection

Dates: 1985-2006

Location: 04/60

Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language: English


II. Historical note

Ex Corde Ecclesia or From the Heart of the Church is Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities. It was released by the Vatican on September 25, 1990.

The constitution is divided into two main parts, the first on the Catholic university's identity and mission, and the second a presentation of general norms under seven headings for “all Catholic universities and other Catholic institutes of higher studies throughout the world.” The constitution outlines four essential characteristics of Catholic universities and calls for universities to make their Catholic identity known. The document examines theology's role in the university and vis-a-vis the magisterium, the relationship with the local bishop, campus ministry and the institution's dialogue with culture and with the sciences. Also discussed is laity in the university, the role of non-Catholics, interdisciplinary education, and the responsibility of civil governments, ecumenical dialogue and evangelization. The apostolic constitution is addressed to “those who conduct Catholic universities, to the respective academic communities, to all those who have an interest in them,” particularly bishops, religious congregations, ecclesial institutions and laity committed to higher education.

The apostolic constitution was viewed as a rebuttal to the Land O'Lakes Statement, a 1967 position paper adopted by the participants of a seminar sponsored by University of Notre Dame on the role of Catholic universities. Seminar attendees included the University Presidents of Notre Dame, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Boston College, Fordham, St. Louis University, Pontifical University of Puerto Rico, the Archbishop of Atlanta and more than a dozen other educators of North American Catholic higher education.



 Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Retrieved on Oct. 2012 from:

 Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on Catholic Universities. Retrieved on Oct. 2012 from:


III. The Collection

Collection documents the discussion, application and implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church) for United States colleges and universities.

The Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, drafts of proposal, minutes of meetings, reports and supplementary materials on the Apostolic Constitution. The bulk of the collection consists on materials created or published from 1990 to 2002. It is organized in two groups, Records and Articles.


IV. Container list:

Box     Title


1          1985-1986




2          1999




Box     Title

2          ACCU Current Issues in a Catholic Higher Edu. v.19, nos.1-2, 1998-99

            The American experience and Catholic Higher Education. 1992

            Bradley, Gerard V.  Ex Corde Ecclesiae Again

                    In: Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, v.24, no.4 (1998)

           Catholic colleges and universities: an American profile

           Catholic Higher Education an American Profile, 1993

           Conn, J.J. The Universities, the Bishops and the Vatican: breaching...

                   In: America, Jan. 30, 1999

            Ex Corde EcclesiaeL an application to the United States.

                   In: Origins, v.29 no.25 (Dec. 2, 1999)

            Ex Corde Ecclesiae and its ordinances, is this any ways to run a...

                   In: Commonweal, Nov. 19, 1993

            Ex Corde Ecclesiae: the future of higher education

                   In: Catholic International, v.11, no.2 (May 2000)

           Explore: an examination of Catholic identity and Ignatian character in Jesuit higher education v.6, no.1, Fall 2002

           Gleason, Philip. What made Catholic identity a problem?

                  In: Marianist Award Lecture, 1994

           John Paul II, Pope. Apolistic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff “Ex corde Ecclesiae”

                  In: Current Issues in Higher Education, v.11, no.2 (1991)

            ------.  Ecclesia in America, 1999

            Komonchak, J.A. Some Theological reflections on Canon 812

            Monan, J.D. Ex Corde Ecclesiae creates and impasse

                   In: America, Jan. 30, 1999

            Orsy, L. Bishops and universities: Dominion or Communion

                    In: America, No. 20, 1993

            Phan, P.C. Why the mandatum requirement should not be written...

            Supplementary materials on Ex corde Ecclesiae, 1993-2000

            Theological Education Issue

                    In: America, Jan. 30-Feb.y 6, 1999

            Update / ACCU chronicles Ex corde, 1999-2000

            Warner, R. A defining moment, the church and Catholic higher...

                    In: Notre Dame Magazine, Autumn 1999


V. Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transfer, President’s Office, 2012

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Processed by: Khalifa Antoine 2012. Revised by Ximena Valdivia 2012

Preferred Citation: Ex Corde Ecclesiae Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida

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