How might non-Catholic faculty members contribute to the mission of a Catholic university?
As mentioned, non-Catholic members of a Catholic university play a vital role. First of all, the mission of a Catholic university often involves both religious and secular aspects. I do not intend this word secular with any negative connotation. Many of the disciplines at a Catholic university are secular in nature. For example, I teach in a law school, and law is primarily a secular occupation. Secular fields of study enjoy a rightful autonomy from religious claims. At a Catholic university, it is probable that most of the faculty, Catholic and non-Catholic, will teach in a field other than theology. Moreover, the non-Catholic members of the faculty each bring their own perspective that enriches the Catholic university’s internal dialogue. Although a non-Catholic faculty member does not adhere to Catholic faith, this person may nonetheless be fully committed to a search for truth which is at the core of a Catholic university’s academic life. How does Ex Corde Ecclesiae address this is