"The Catholic University, as a university, is an academic community which, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and development of human dignity and cultural heritage through research, teaching and various services offered to local, national and international communities. She possesses that institutional autonomy necessary to perform its functions effectively and guarantees its members academic freedom, safeguarding the rights of the individual and the community within the confines of the truth and the common good." (Ex Corde Ecclesiae Part I)
By its very nature it is a community. As such, it proposes to work in harmony, united in diversity, to which it opens respectfully and spontaneously from it members, genuine in that all must act in accordance with the principles that govern and Christian in the spirit it encourages.
The UCA community seeks to grow in sincere dialogue, reflection upon itself to deepen its achievements, correct courses whenever necessary and help each member reach its fullness as human beings. Ultimately, lead to a vibrant and creative university, committed to society and culture in which it is inserted.
"The universities have always been distinguished by the love of wisdom and the search for truth, as the true purpose of the university, with constant reference to the Christian vision that recognizes in man the masterpiece of creation, as formed image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1: 26-27). It has always been characteristic of this vision the conviction that there is a profound unity between truth and good, between the eyes of the mind and heart: "Ubi amor, ibi oculos", said Richard of St. Victor (cf. "Beniamin minor”, c. 13 ): love enables to see. The university was born from the love of learning, curiosity to know, to know what is the world, man. But also from a knowledge that leads to action, which ultimately leads to love" (Benedict XVI , 1st April 2006).