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College of Notre Dame of Maryland
May 25, 2007
|Rev. Robert F. Leavitt, SS, President-rector, St. Mary's Seminary and University:|
"If human conversation isolates itself from open debate and discussion with faith and religion, it will fall victim to its own arrogance and its own dogmatism.
After all, science, technology and politics aren't the only means for grasping the world or helping us decide how to live. They shouldn't be. Religion, ethics and our own Catholic faith as well as a global and historic religious community have a crucial role to play as well. College of Notre Dame has never forgotten that. Neither should you.
Every appeal for reason and every skill you gain in college to reason better brings you closer to a civilized and productive life and a richer faith. The religion, too, must always test itself against reason. Irrational claims anywhere are unworthy of us."