National Catholic Register Guide Gives College Perfect Score

The National Catholic Register has selected Thomas Aquinas College as one of only 31 colleges and universities nationwide included in its Catholic Identity College Guide ’11. The guide is based on the schools’ responses to 10 questions which, the Register explains, are designed such that “a ‘YES’ answer reflects essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (Out of the Heart of the Church), its 2000 ‘Application to the United States,’ canon law and other relevant Church documents.”

Below are Thomas Aquinas College’s responses to all 10 questions, with links to additional information where available.

  1. Did the president make the public profession of faith and take the oath of fidelity? Yes.
  2. Is the majority of the board of trustees Catholic? Yes.
  3. Is the majority of the faculty Catholic? Yes.
  4. Do you publicly require all Catholic theology professors to have the mandatum? Yes* 
  5. Did all Catholic theology professors take the oath of fidelity? Yes.
  6. Do you provide daily Mass and posted times (at least weekly) for individual confession? Yes.
  7. Do you exclude advocates of abortion, euthanasia or cloning as commencement speakers or recipients of  honorary degrees? Yes.
  8. Do you exclude sponsoring pro-abortion campus groups? Yes.
  9. Do you exclude coed dorms? Yes.
  10. Do your student health services exclude referrals to abortion businesses? Yes.
     
*Since our archdiocese grants the mandatum only to those with a terminal degree in theology, we do publicly require it of such faculty members. In addition, we require that all Catholic faculty take the Oath of Fidelity and make a Profession of Faith.