Fr. Jesús Miñambres, Dean of Santa Croce’s Faculty of Canon Law, presents a diploma to Fr. Anthony Nguyen, a Benedictine priest whose monastery, Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC, Canada, runs the seminary for the archdiocese of Vancouver. He is currently teaching canon law in the seminary of Christ the King in addition to his involvement in monastic formation.
The School of Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is widely recognized as a unique program. While other canon law programs in Rome tend to focus more on the exegetical approach to studying existing code, Santa Croce follows natural law as proposed by Saint Thomas Aquinas. Student Fr. Albert Llaveria of Spain explains the difference: “We follow a systematic model to study the law. Instead of studying the canons one by one, we try to know them as part of a whole.”
Third-year student Father Stanislav Oleshko of Ukraine is also enthusiastic about Santa Croce’s uniqueness: “Canon law at Santa Croce follows one ‘school,’ so all the professors are consistent in teaching in this way. It doesn’t mean that there are no different opinions or discussions between them – that wouldn’t be a good academic example – but it helps to have one coherent general view of canon law, which gives a hermeneutic key for interpretation in different cultural contexts.”
This approach is rooted in a historic understanding of theology and the magisterium, connected to reality. Therefore, Catholic jurists are offered a profound way of looking at law and the world.
The Heart of Santa Croce is
Christ in Our Students
|Fr. John Wauck|
"I see in my students the future of the Church...bishops, professors, even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
"For me, what is most exciting about teaching at Santa Croce is seeing in the faces and behind the faces of my students the souls whose lives they will touch. Souls whom I will probably never meet in India, Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America -- and that's the future of the Church I see in my students."
"I am deeply aware when I am teaching my class that I am talking to and with people who will be professors, perhaps bishops, perhaps even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
Father John Wauck, Professor of Literature
The University was conceived in the heart of a saint (St. Josemaria), and co-founded by St. John Paul II and Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, the University's first Chancellor. It is an internationally prestigious university for ecclesiastical sciences. It is located in Rome, Italy. The University has students and supporters from all over the world.
The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation assists the University in its financial needs and grants scholarships to students from poor dioceses wishing to attend the University.
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