“If a university wants to proclaim itself as Catholic, then it must measure up to certain objective criteria. Although those standards are not established by the university (since it does not determine what counts as Catholic), they are internalized by the university in the very desire of its founders to set it up as Catholic.”
– Father Peter Ryan, S.J., Executive Director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
What is Ex Corde Ecclesiae?
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (English: “From the Heart of the Church”) is an apostolic constitution issued by Saint Pope John Paul II regarding Catholic colleges and universities. Promulgated on August 15, 1990 and intended to become effective in the academic year starting in 1991, its aim was to define and refine the Catholicism of Catholic institutions of 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. (From Wikipedia).