BY A STAFF REPORTER
HEYTI-CROP COLLEGE, the major Jesuit house of studies for nearly 50 years, has moved from Oxford to London and will open on Wednesday as a constituent school of the Faculty of 'Theology of London University.
It will prepare students
Jesuits and non-Jesuits, Catholics and non-Catholics —for degrees in philosophy and theology besides providing basic courses in these subjects.
The college is in Cavendish Square and the principal is Fr. Frederick Copleston, S.J., Professor of History of Philosophy at Heythrop since 1939. The acting vice-principal and dean of studies is Fr. John Mahoney, ST, a former student at Heythrop, who holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
After the completion of legal formalities the college will become a fully-constituted college of London University. It will have a non-grant receiving status. which means it will not receive money from the I lniversity Grants Commission and must depend financially on voluntary contributions. en dowments and fees.
The decision to move to London came from a desire to associate Catholic education more closely with ecumenism and the secular sciences and universities and to end its traditional isolation from contemporary cultural attitudes.
Students will be able to obtain theological qualifications recognised in this country and have access to many subsidiary courses in such fields as clinical psychology, sociology and business training etc.
Although retaining its Catholic identity Heythrop hopes to make its full contribution to the teaching, research and working life of London University as well as help in the cross-fertilisation of ideas for the benefit of all concerned.
Heythrop also hopes ip counteract the tendency among well-qualified Catholics to keep their knowledge of the faith at schoolroom level, thereby helping eventually in the
growth and enrichment of society.
It sees theology as more than a mere adjunct to the laity's secular knowledge. however. It is seen as a science with its own methods, skills and disciplines, with its inherent values.
"I he teaching staff consists mainly of Jesuit priests but includes four non-Jesuit clergy, two nuns and a layman. There is a library of 150,000 books and the college will continue to produce its quarterly Heythrop Jr nand.
Of the 53 students starting the bachelor of divinity course, more than half are graduates in non-theological subjects and some are post-graduates. There are 22 from the old Heythrop College, 1 I Jesuits, ten members of other orders or diocesan students. five laywomen, four nuns and one layman.