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Press Release: Mandatum is Important to DeSales University
Date: 11/20/2003

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Mandatum is Important to DeSales University

DeSales University has the honor of being featured in "Right to Truth, Right to Know: DeSales Is Proud of the Mandatum, " a front-page article by Tim Drake in the current issue (Nov. 16 - 22, 2003) of the National Catholic Register. The story, which is accompanied by a front-page photo of the DeSales campus, includes quotes from Father Bernard O'Connor, University president; Larry Chapp, chairperson of the department of philosophy and religion at DeSales; Rodney Howsare, assistant professor of philosophy and religion at DeSales, and Susan Lawruk, of Middletown, Pa., parent of DeSales alumnus James Lawruk '02.

Drake, a staff writer with the Register, has been investigating Catholic colleges and universities nationwide regarding their stand on mandatum. According to Canon Law 812, university theologians are required to receive mandatum from the competent ecclesiastical authority, indicating that they will "teach in communion with the Catholic Church." Drake has found that most institutions are not forthcoming and refuse to discuss their policies. However, DeSales has the distinction of being one of the few universities where all theology faculty have received the mandatum. Furthermore, the University has been quite open on the subject and is proud of the stand taken by members of the faculty and administration.

In the case of DeSales, the theology faculty was granted mandatum by Bishop Edward Cullen of the Allentown Diocese. Bishop Cullen, who also is quoted in the article, gives high praise to DeSales for seeking this recognition even before it was necessary.

Recently, Drake received the Ex Corde Ecclesiae Award from the Cardinal Newman Society for the writing of the mandatum series of articles.

To view the entire article, click on link below.


Press Release: Mandatum is Important to DeSales University | Posted on: 11/20/2003

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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