Holy See denies top university ‘Catholic’ title

The Holy See’s denial of a top Peruvian university’s right to call itself ‘pontifical’ and ‘Catholic’ is the latest battle – but unlikely the last – in a long conflict over what it means to be a Catholic university, writes Alejandro Bermudez for the National Catholic Register.

The decision followed months of discussions between the university’s rector, Marcial Rubio, and Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The Holy See asked Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo to investigate the university in an apostolic visitation conducted last December.

The university’s recent conflict with the Vatican follows another, unrelated dispute between church and university officials that broke out three years ago. The university decided to remove the archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, from its board of directors – but this effort was blocked by Peru’s supreme court following a two-year legal battle.

However, tensions date back to the early 1970s, when the Peruvian church was sharply divided over the growing influence of ‘liberation theology’.
Full report on the National Catholic Register site