Ethics + Catholic Intellectual Framework
Every university has an intellectual framework. ACU’s operating framework is the Catholic intellectual tradition. The university does not set out to convert people to Catholic faith, but it does attempt to reflect and advance the intellectual tradition specific to Catholicism.
Catholic universities, since they include all perspectives including the Catholic one, can be amongst the most widely inclusive educational institutions.
Catholic intellectual tradition values truth and the good human life; it holds that faith is compatible with reason. This is a living tradition, an ongoing conversation about the basic truths concerning God, the world, people and morality.
Catholic intellectual tradition is marked by inquiry, dialogue and debate.
If ethics is thinking about living well, then the Catholic framework has a contribution to make. If ethical thinking is open to considering concepts and arguments derived from religious thinking, interesting views of what constitutes a good life and how to achieve it enter the picture.
Catholic ethical views, however, do not win out just because they are Catholic. They enter the ethical conversation as do all views, earning their place only if strongly reasoned and able to deal with the intellectual critique offered by others.