Campus Ministry’s Statement of Ecumenical Principles
- This is a Catholic institution where Catholic identity and values are promoted in the openness of the liberal arts tradition.
- We welcome those of other faiths who come among us to nurture those of their own tradition.
- We ask them to respect and honor the Catholic identity of the university and of the Catholic student body.
- We hope the experience of St. Thomas will return students from other faith communities to their respective churches with new perspectives on Christian diversity and fidelity.
- We hope that organizations from other religious traditions present on campus will not only nurture the students of their faith but strengthen Catholic students in theirs.
- We recognize the right of all believers to witness in a convincing way to the faith that is in them.
- Taking unfair advantage of the ignorance or religious weakness of a student, or portraying the faith of others in a biased way, is considered proselytism. We, along with other Christian traditions, condemn proselytism.
- When a well informed student passes from one ecclesial denomination to another we do not hastily judge such an event to be the result of proselytism.
- We look forward to ecumenical exchange among our students and cooperation with the leaders of organizations of other faiths present on the campus.