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Uniwersytet katolicki jako pełny uniwersytet
Catholic University as Complete University

Author(s): Tadeusz Guz
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy, Higher Education
Published by: Fundacja »Lubelska Szkoła Filozofii Chrześcijańskiej«
Keywords: God; goodness; objective; the Roman Catholic Church; grace; love; completeness of Catholic University; beauty; subject; praxis; truth; theoria; universitas magistrorum et scholarium; uni-versitas;

Summary/Abstract: The article is the answer to the question: where does the truth about ‘Catholic University’ as ‘Complete University’ have the ultimate rationale? The first reason undoubtedly is establishment of ‘university’ as an institution-community of science lovers upon the vocation for the didactic, scientific-and-didactic, and organisational mission by the Roman Catholic Church being the Union of God with humanity in its entitativity. In the order of university “Norm”, God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth in three persons is the top measure because the Logos Incarnate is the Church Founder. While within the order of realising this “Norm” of all and any norms - also in science - there is university man who practises science, studies the truth, and serves the truth to the extent of research, didacticism, administration, economy, and mass media upon the mandate received from the Logos. Inasmuch as so the university man’s first mission is to create uni-versitas, namely unity in diversity and diversity in unity based in the case of human beings as much on nonreducible identities of relatively unique individualities as on community measures in the typically species-related sense - homo sapiens. It turns out that as far as the latter is concerned, ‘Catholic University’ has the best academic offer because it displays its individual-and-spiritual-and-bodily completeness, which in the eye of on the one hand fragmentarisation of its humanity and on the other hand even the attempts to annihilate it in various proposals of neo-communist, that is gender postmodernism, is the pre-condition for its in aeternum eternal “I”. But this human “I” altogether with the other human “I” create unique communio personarum inside university universitas magistrorum et scholarium, deriving its dynamics of cognition of the truth and practicing of love from the inner life of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Respecting twofold sources of cognition: nature and grace finds its reasons and grounds because the created personified being of an angel and man continues in complete perfection only in the state of grace as an additional gift for its spiritual existence, about which well-organised ‘Catholic University’ cares. This double access to visible and non-visible reality guarantees maximum unity of subject and object of cognition to university man perceived in that sense. Man of learning cannot unite with real being as the object of learning more intensively as only by means of man’s own definite existence and power of grace, that is by means of more exactly the power of the very Almighty Lord of all things. The order of the truth as adaequatio rei, intellectu et gratiae is based on this union within the framework of ‘Catholic University’. The latter dimension as the supernatural reveals deeper and farther as richer horizons of the truth to man, which this is him who is inherently more open to.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 27
  • Page Range: 19-53
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: Polish