Given the length and complexity of my previous posts this week, which was necessitated by the subject, I am going to give myself and the readership a break and keep today’s post lighter.
Only click on this link when you can concentrate. Tuesday, I attended a lecture by Bishop Daniel Flores at Catholic University on "Immigration as Paradigm for Faith & Social Justice." +Danny Flores is one of the leading intellectuals in our hierarchy and, in this lecture, you see his gifts on full display.
Tuesday, I argued that theology deserves a place in the core curriculum at the University of Notre Dame per se.
As the US bishops consider re-drafting their quadrennial text on voting, "Faithful Citizenship," they might want to consult the bishops of the United Kingdom whose election document is shorter and more pithy than the US one.
Yesterday, I began looking at the issue of the core curriculum at the University of Notre Dame and, specifically, the place of theology in that curriculum. I argued that, on its face, theology most certainly deserves such a place because a university aspires, as the name implies, to of the study universal knowledge and one can scarcely do that without studying the knowledge of God we call theology.
A big SHOUT OUT and welcome to Commonweal's newest blogger, Anthony Annett, who was a parishioner with me at St. Matthew's for years before decamping for New York City. Anthony is one of the best informed Catholics on economic issues, and deeply committed to the Church's social doctrine. Here is a link to his maiden post on papal economics.
Controversy has returned to the University of Notre Dame. Unlike the debate six years ago regarding the school's decision to invite President Barack Obama to its graduation ceremony, this controversy is actually important. At issue is an examination of the school's core curriculum and specifically whether it should retain its current requirement that all undergraduates take two theology and two philosophy courses.
From the "really good news" category, this story in Haaretz about 1,000 Muslims in Oslo who formed a human defensive perimeter around that city's synagogue for Sabbath services. Part of the secret of charting a new path is to be able to imagine one. Blessings on the Muslim and Jewish communities of Oslo.
Friday, I began my review of a new book by three Creghton University theology professors – Michael Lawler, Todd Salzman and Eileen Burke-Sullivan entitled The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes Then and Now.
Another great homily from Pope Francis about the need for Catholics to "never use God as a cover for injustice." The idea should work in both directions - if the Church is accepting a donation from those who perpetrate injustice, are we giving religious cover to the perps?