First of all, the Congregation for Catholic Education wishes to thank most sincerely all academic authorities, teachers, officials and administrative personnel who, with great dedication and expertise, are assisting the students to continue their ecclesiastical studies appropriately, often in difficult circumstances.
In the Transitional Norms for the Application of the Apostolic ConstitutionVeritatis Gaudium in the public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 epidemic, issued on 6 May 2020 by the Congregation for Catholic Education, it was remarked that, “With a view to moving beyond the current epidemiological emergency, Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties are to plan the next academic year with all indications and means necessary to be able to teach in the ordinary way, with the lectures held in the presence of students and teachers, in accordance with the Norms of the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium. […] Therefore, distance learning is no alternative to this methodology, and can be used only in part, and for particular situations, and always with the previous authorization of the Congregation for Catholic Education (cf. Norms of Application of the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium, art. 33 § 2). This Congregation will take care to communicate, in case of real need and urgency, further regulations should these be necessary due to the possible protraction of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects” (B. Guiding Principles for the Next Academic Year).
In consideration of the evolving worldwide social and medical situation, and to provide for the correct application of the Apostolic ConstitutionVeritatis Gaudium (q.v. article 10), the Congregation for Catholic Education hereby issues the following Norms of Application for the coming academic year.