Catholic Identity

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Ex Corde Ecclesiae

Ex Corde Ecclesiae—The 1990 Apostolic Constitution of Pope John Paul II takes its name from the beginning Latin phrase—from the heart of the church.  “Born from the heart of the Church…a Catholic University has always been recognized as an incomparable center of creativity and dissemination of knowledge for the good of humanity (par. 1). Being both a university and Catholic, it must be both a community of scholars representing various branches of human knowledge, and an academic institution in which Catholicism is vitally present and operative” (Par. 14).

Viterbo recognizes its privileged position as a Catholic University and complies fully with the implementation norms of the Apostolic Constitution.  We are proud to be the only Catholic University in the Diocese of La Crosse and to participate directly in the life of the local Church.