Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity

Pope Francis has created a Commission of Cardinals “to find a definitive consensual solution – within the framework of the Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae – to the question of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru,” according to the Catholic News Agency.

In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae, as was reported, while noting that the University was still obligated to comply with Canon Law.    

However, the University soon after announced its intention to preserve its full title of the "Pontifical Catholic University of Peru" as long as the institution "considers it relevant," University director Marcial Rubio was reportedly quoted as saying.

Then, in August of 2012, the Jesuit provincial of Peru reportedly sent a letter to the President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference proposing a “return to dialogue” between the Church and the University.

Now, Pope Francis has reportedly put together a Commission of Cardinals to find a solution regarding the Peruvian University. CNA reports:

The commission will consist of Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who is president of the Council of Bishops' Conferences of Europe and will serve as coordinator,along with Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec, and Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago.

Cardinal Erdo was in Lima in 2011 on an apostolic visit to investigate the case of the former pontifical university. Vatican officials told CNA he will make another visit to Peru this summer.

The election of the university's new rector will take place July 4 of this year. The current vice rector, Pepi Patron, is a leading contender to assume the post. She has defended the institution’s position against the Vatican.

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