OTTAWA, October 29, 2004 ( – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has announced it has received approval for its latest version of ordinances to implement the Vatican document Ex Corde Ecclesiae in Canada. Nearly fifteen years after the document was issued by Rome, the CCCB has written acceptable instructions for its implementation in Canadian Catholic colleges.

In a media release, the CCCB says the ordinances will be published “in the near future.”“Once the ordinances are promulgated, the colleges and universities will have until August 18, 2005, one year following Vatican approval, to put them into effect,” the statement says.

The document was issued in 1990 to redress the widespread situation of Catholic colleges having moved away from their mandate to profess and promote the Catholic faith. In the nineteen sixties, Catholic academia, particularly at Washington’s Georgetown University and Catholic University of America, led a wave of dissent from Catholic doctrine, on particularly those teachings concerning sexual morality, such as artificial contraception, abortion and homosexuality.

Since then the Catholicity, or lack thereof, of influential Catholic institutions of higher learning has seriously undermined efforts to restore a culture of life and sexual responsibility in North America.  In March of this year, Toronto’s Cardinal Ambrozic refused to confer a degree at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto on a nun whose thesis was entitled, “Listening for the Echo: Contribution of Lesbians’ Journeys to Spiritual Direction and Theological Reflection.”

Some US bishops have ordered Catholic colleges in their dioceses to refrain from inviting pro-abortion, and homosexual activist speakers. This is the first time the Canadian bishops have responded to the problem of widespread, entrenched rejection of Catholic moral teaching in its Catholic education institutions. coverage of St. Michael’s College scandal:


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