Newman’s Idea of a University : A Resource for Identity and Inclusion

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Cara Anthony, Ph.D.


Catholic universities need to develop strong Catholic identities. Yet, equally pressing is the need to welcome and value non-Catholic scholars, including their contributions to the university’s Catholic mission and their critical assessments of the Catholic tradition. Blessed John Henry Newman embodies both Catholic faithfulness and exemplary charity in the midst of religious conflict. Newman’s Idea of a University offers two important resources for balancing the values of identity with inclusion: a spirituality of hospitality inspired by St. Philip Neri and the habits of a liberally educated mind. Together, they foster a commitment to conversation across religious and philosophical boundaries that is rooted in Christian hope and shaped by a Catholic sacramental vision of all persons.

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Cara Anthony, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas

Cara Anthony is Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN.