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The Marketing Of Sacrifice, Enda Mcgovern Oct 2015

The Marketing Of Sacrifice, Enda Mcgovern

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Slides from a presentation made by Enda McGovern from the Department of Marketing at Sacred Heart University to the University's Board of Trustees. He outlines plans for a class to marketing students whose core text will be Pope Francis' encyclical on June 18, 2015, which lays out and argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change.


Synod Revealed The Muscle, Muck And Mire Of A Living Church, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2014

Synod Revealed The Muscle, Muck And Mire Of A Living Church, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

When Pope Francis ushered in the Synod on the Family with his opening address he pointedly observed that he wanted the Synod Fathers to speak with candour, without fear and without self-censoring. The past two turbulent weeks of the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops in Rome is over. But the ripples will be with us for some time to come.


Why Won't The Pope Treat His Faithful Like Adults?, Michael W. Higgins Feb 2014

Why Won't The Pope Treat His Faithful Like Adults?, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

When Pope Francis summoned bishops from around the world to gather in Rome for a synod on the family this fall, and when he instructed his staff to prepare a questionnaire inviting serious input from the Roman Catholic world, bishops moved quickly to adjust the generic template to their local constituencies. Information was gathered, sifted and systematized in preparation for the gathering.

But there are signs that the papal nerve may be wavering a mite. Vatican authorities have actively discouraged, if not directly forbidden, the public release of the materials gathered.


Francis, The Incremental Pope, Michael W. Higgins Jan 2014

Francis, The Incremental Pope, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The biggest obstacle Pope Francis faces in his resolve to decentralize the church’s governance apparatus is the simple fact that his immediate two predecessors spent decades centralizing that very structure.