Recalling the highlights of the two-day meeting at CUEA’s main campus in Nairobi, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of CUEA, Fr. Prof. Stephen Mbugua identified, in an interview with ACI Africa, “the revitalization of the teachings in the Faculties of Theology” as noteworthy, especially the directive to reform ways of “teaching so that it informs the heart not only the head.”
“Veritatis Gaudium is challenging us and informing us of new frontiers of exchange, of learning, of collaboration, of dialogue and of moving together as a family of humanity,” Fr. Mbugua said in reference to Pope Francis’ new directives for Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties.
Asked about strategies to implement “Veritatis Gaudium” in CUEA, the Kenyan-born VC said, “We are going to form dialogue teams where the Faculty of Social Sciences meet with the scholars in the Faculty of Theology and they have topical issues; same for the Faculty of Canon Law, same for Education, same for the Faculty of Science and the new Faculty of Health Sciences that we just created about three months ago.”
He added, “We want to do that even for the Directory of Regional Integration. It must be operational with this Constitution.”
On his part, Bishop Muhatia who is also the Chairman of the Commission for Seminaries under the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (KCCB) said in reference to implementing Pope Francis’ norms, “I will be more concerned about how we are going, for example, to follow up with the requirements of this document, revising our Statutes of the management of the University, of our Seminaries to be in line with the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium.”
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The Holy Father’s document, Bishop Muhatia noted, “speaks about the universities. It talks about quality education to make sure the education given in the Seminary is in line with the expectations of the Church.”
In “Veritatis Gaudium,” Pope Francis recognizes the presence of various teachers of different ranks in the Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties who are recruited based on the established fact that they are “distinguished by wealth of knowledge, witness of Christian and ecclesial life, and a sense of responsibility.”
Whatever the rank of the faculty members, the Holy Father emphasized in the document, those involved in teaching “must be marked by an upright life, integrity of doctrine, and devotion to duty, so that they can effectively contribute to the proper goals of an ecclesiastical academic institution.”
In case there is lack of compliance to the established criteria, Pope Francis directed in the document, implicated faculty members “must be removed from their post, observing the established procedures.”
The norms in the new Apostolic Constitution took effect on the first day of the academic year 2018-2019 or the first day of the 2019 academic year depending on how institutions organize their academic years. It is the responsibility of each Ecclesiastical University and related Faculty to ensure the implementation of the norms contained in the document.
Magdalene Kahiu contributed to this story.
Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla is ACI Africa’s founding Editor-in-Chief. He was formed in the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), and later incardinated in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. He has a PhD in Media Studies from Daystar University in Kenya, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marist College, New York, USA.