First Topic – August 15, 2010: Ex Corde Ecclesia Turns 20
On August 15, 1990, Pope John Paul II responded to the decades-long crisis in Catholic higher education by issuing the apostolic constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae. The document, which has the binding effect of Church law, was the first official Catholic Church document defining the essential relationship between Catholic institutions of higher education and the Church. Inspired by the message of Ex corde Ecclesiae, Patrick J. Reilly and other recent Catholic college graduates founded The Cardinal Newman Society in 1993 to seek the faithful implementation of the apostolic constitution in the United States. Patrick and David House, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Higher Education are here to discuss the 20th anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesia.
Second Topic – Ave Maria University Football Program off the Ground
In February, Ave Maria University announced that it would become the first college in Southwest Florida to field a football team, with an ambitious launch date of fall 2011 for the team’s first game. AMU also hired Barry Fagan, a former Penn State football player and NCAA Division II head coach, will become the school’s first head football coach. “In many respects, football helps to build character,” Ave Maria chancellor Thomas S. Monaghan said in a press release. “As a team sport, the players must learn to work together and trust each other — both on and off the field — in order to succeed. Football also teaches discipline and the importance of hard work in the pursuit of a common goal.” Coach Fagan joins us to discuss the progress of the AMU football program.