chapter  VII
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A COLONIAL UNIVERSITY

I Funes, Ensayo Historico, lib. II, chap. r6; Primeras Constituciones de la Universidad,. see Garro, Appendix III.

sacred and profane. Theology had abandoned the study of the Fathers to devote itself to frivolous and irrelevant questions. Purely human reasoning, subtleties, deceptive sophism, this was what had come to form the dominant taste of these schools." 1

.. The degree having been conferred, the padrino shall come with the new doctor, who will be embraced by the rector, or the person who confers the degree; then by the doctors and masters in their order; first those on the right, then those on the left, and finally by the padrino. Afterwards they shall take their seats, the padrino on the

left of the rector, and the ncw doctor on the right, while the propinas and the gloves are distributed. This last act concluded, the procession will return and leave the new doctor at his house." 1

The primary purpose of the University in the mind of the founder, a Franciscan friar, was instruction in theology, to prepare young men for service in the Church. In keeping with this design, the fundamental law of 1664 provided that the taking of holy orders was a prerequisite for

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