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Three Popes: Lessons In Leadership, Valerie Christian Sep 2015

Three Popes: Lessons In Leadership, Valerie Christian

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

In Three Popes: Lessons in Leadership participants use selected leadership theories as a basis to comment on the leadership style and effectiveness of two former Bishops of Rome—John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The purpose is to hypothetically assist the incumbent pontiff, Francis, whose legacy—while looking promising—still is in its infancy. In the exercise, participants investigate the personal traits and life stories of three recent popes in an attempt to understand their professional style and effectiveness as leaders of the Roman Catholic Church. Using Pope Francis’ immediate predecessors as examples of good/bad leadership, teams recommend to ...


Cit Seminar Committee Members Present Panel In Amsterdam, June-Ann Greeley Sep 2015

Cit Seminar Committee Members Present Panel In Amsterdam, June-Ann Greeley

June-Ann Greeley

On September 12, Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) Seminar committee members June-Ann Greeley (religious studies), Nathan Lewis (art & design) and Joe Nagy (English) presented a panel entitled "The Timeless "Comedy" of Life: Dante's Divine Comedy as a Vade Mecum for the Contemporary Student" at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context Conference at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands.


New Department Of Catholic Studies Announced, Michelle Loris Aug 2015

New Department Of Catholic Studies Announced, Michelle Loris

Michelle Loris

Sacred Heart University has announced the formation of a Department of Catholic Studies, the goal of which is to administer a key component of the University’s core curriculum, the seminars in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in Catholic studies. Michele Loris is the chair of the new department.


Professor Greeley: We Need To Go Beyond Tolerance And Engage In Interfaith Dialogue, June-Ann Greeley Jul 2015

Professor Greeley: We Need To Go Beyond Tolerance And Engage In Interfaith Dialogue, June-Ann Greeley

June-Ann Greeley

Sacred Heart University Professor June-Ann Greeley recently returned from a week-long seminar at Boston College that focused on ways of thinking about religion in the public square. Greeley says a significant component of the seminar was the agreement that there is a critical need for an interfaith dialogue


Shepherding Electric Sheep: A Roman Catholic Response To The Emerging Challenge Of Transhumanism, Joshua St.Onge May 2015

Shepherding Electric Sheep: A Roman Catholic Response To The Emerging Challenge Of Transhumanism, Joshua St.Onge

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.R.S. Theses)

Transhumanism is a philosophical, political, and social movement that asserts that human well-being will be dramatically improved through the radical integration of new technologies into the human body and/or through the replacement of the organic human body with a synthetic 'body.' Ray Kurzweil, a dynamic, articulate, and leading transhumanist, offers an anthropological understanding that represents the main strand of transhumanist though about the human person: humans are patterns of information that can adjust themselves, and overcoming limitations is the defining human characteristic. This anthropology is implicit in many aspects of Western civilization already: law, medicine, and the military are ...


Love And Dialogue Through Literature, Marie Hulme Feb 2015

Love And Dialogue Through Literature, Marie Hulme

Marie Hulme

Press release document only attached.


Unity And Peace Through Music, June-Ann Greeley Feb 2015

Unity And Peace Through Music, June-Ann Greeley

June-Ann Greeley

No abstract provided.


Justice Without Solidarity? Collective Identity And The Fate Of The "Ethical" In Habermas' Recent Political Theory, Andrew J. Pierce Jan 2015

Justice Without Solidarity? Collective Identity And The Fate Of The "Ethical" In Habermas' Recent Political Theory, Andrew J. Pierce

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

No abstract provided.


Leadership Development Of Faculty In Academia - The Impacts Of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Michael S. Carriger Jan 2015

Leadership Development Of Faculty In Academia - The Impacts Of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Michael S. Carriger

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

A fairly recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 12, 2013), by Barden and Curry asked the question, “Faculty members Can Lead, but Will They?” Barden and Curry suggest that, “every professor has the intellectual capacity to understand and embrace the elements of modem leadership necessary to guide institutions in today’s higher-education marketplace.” But... is there a dearth of leadership and leadership development opportunities among faculty in the academy? The current research used a survey approach to look at the landscape of leadership development in academia among Catholic, Lutheran, and Secular institutions. The general hypothesis was that ...


A Taste Of Armageddon: When Warring Is Done By Drones And Robots, Brian Stiltner Jan 2015

A Taste Of Armageddon: When Warring Is Done By Drones And Robots, Brian Stiltner

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

Discusses the increasing use of drones and weaponized robots. Argues that the international community must put firm ethical guidelines in place before the technology becomes rampant.


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.


Brigid's Peace: An Examination Of The Influences Of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition On One Writer's Creative Work, Marie A. Hulme Sep 2014

Brigid's Peace: An Examination Of The Influences Of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition On One Writer's Creative Work, Marie A. Hulme

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

The genesis of my novel, Brigid’s Peace, which I began in the spring of 2013 coinciding with my studies in the Presidential Seminar, was an interest in examining the need for luminosity, for transcendence, for beauty in the face of dark despair and evil. My work centers on the story of an Irish Catholic family living in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the time of sectarian conflict known as “the troubles,” but more specifically on the impact of events related to that time on one young woman, Brigid Donegan, an artist and one of seven sisters. Through a close, third ...


Infinite Horizon: The Prairie Spirituality Of Ronald Rolheiser, Michael W. Higgins Aug 2014

Infinite Horizon: The Prairie Spirituality Of Ronald Rolheiser, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Ronald Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas (but a native of the Saskatchewan prairie), is one of the most popular Catholic spiritual writers and syndicated columnists at work today.

What some critics see as Rolheiser’s complacency, his supposedly uncritical embrace of modern secular society, is actually borne of his remarkable faith and confidence in God’s abiding presence and care. Like the philosopher Charles Taylor, a fellow Canadian and Catholic, Rolheiser is keenly aware that modern liberal values such as tolerance and benevolence, and especially respect for individual dignity and freedom, have deep ...


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.


Hyperbolic Geometry And God, Andrew Lazowski Sep 2013

Hyperbolic Geometry And God, Andrew Lazowski

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Development of hyperbolic geometry --Fifth axiom is a problem --Model of the divine --Infinite power --Infinite knowledge --Infinite benevolence.


Paper Memory: A Sixteenth-Century Townsman Writes His World (Book Review), John B. Roney Jul 2013

Paper Memory: A Sixteenth-Century Townsman Writes His World (Book Review), John B. Roney

History Faculty Publications

Book review by John B. Roney.

Lundin, Matthew. Paper Memory: A Sixteenth-Century Townsman Writes His World. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012.


Unaffiliated Parents And The Religious Training Of Their Children, Christel Manning Jun 2013

Unaffiliated Parents And The Religious Training Of Their Children, Christel Manning

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

This article examines how parents who are religiously unaffiliated make decisions about the religious upbringing of their children. Drawing on qualitative data, this study explores the diverse worldviews that are included within the term "None” and how those beliefs are reflected or not reflected in the way parents raise their children. The article identifies four distinct worldviews among unaffiliated parents and identifies five different strategies that parents use to incorporate religion in the lives of their children. The article then analyzes the relationship between parent worldviews and actions, with particular attention to secular unaffiliated parents who incorporate religion in the ...


Review Of: Andrew R. Murphy (Ed.), The Blackwell Companion To Religion And Violence, Brian Stiltner May 2013

Review Of: Andrew R. Murphy (Ed.), The Blackwell Companion To Religion And Violence, Brian Stiltner

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

Blackwell Companions, and instalments from similar series, should be initially sized up according to their purpose and audience. Such hefty tomes present themselves first as reference books—as collections of articles by scholarly experts that treat the key methods, topics, historical developments, etc., in the field. Second, each Companion is addressed to students and teachers as a state-of-the-field resource that provides several benefits: a sound picture of the field, assessment of various theories and methods used in the field, a sense of the innovative developments and open questions, and plenty of information to follow up on. Finally, some Companions give ...


Larger Than Legend: Saving Chesterton From The Chestertonians, Michael W. Higgins Apr 2013

Larger Than Legend: Saving Chesterton From The Chestertonians, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The article discusses the life and works of theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and the author's appreciation about his contributions to the Catholic Church. The author mentions that Chesterton has been his inspiration and he has been organizing an academic conference on his life and thought. He also tackles Chesterton's characteristics, who he referred as critical thinker, and his stance as anti-Semitism.


Catholic Higher Education For The Common Good, Brian Stiltner Apr 2013

Catholic Higher Education For The Common Good, Brian Stiltner

Brian Stiltner

This is a lecture in honor of the Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, president of Saint Anselm College, before his retirement. The lecture addresses the challenges facing Catholic higher education. Part One lays out philosopher Martha Nussbaum's view of the crisis of the humanities. Based in her ideas, Part Two examines four challenges facing Catholic higher education. Part Three gives an account of the Catholic philosophy of higher education for the common good, featuring Jacques Maritain’s educational and political philosophy. The Conclusion revisits the challenges in light of Maritain's, and the author's, Catholic philosophy of education.


Protest, Alexandria Abel Apr 2013

Protest, Alexandria Abel

PTRS Undergraduate Publications

Protest is a method used to oppose power or enact change. It is a multifaceted idea in that the type of protest used depends directly on the attainability of the goal. I will discuss the properties of protest and then show how individuals in Enrique’s Journey and Dorothy Day's Loaves and Fishes approach the act of protesting differently based on the actuality of the goals to be accomplished.


Galatians, Ephesians (Book Review), John B. Roney Jan 2013

Galatians, Ephesians (Book Review), John B. Roney

History Faculty Publications

Book review by John B. Roney.

Bray, Gerald L., ed. Galatians, Ephesians. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011. (Reformation commentary on Scripture. New Testament; 10). ISBN 978083082973


India-Pakistan Relations: International Implications, Alka Jauhari Jan 2013

India-Pakistan Relations: International Implications, Alka Jauhari

Government Faculty Publications

India’s independence in 1947 from the British colonial rule and its subsequent division into two nations – India and Pakistan - has sowed the seeds of continuing conflict between the two countries since their independence. The partition of India was primarily based on the religious divide between the two communities – the Hindus and the Muslims. After India’s partition, the major issue of conflict between the two countries has been the Muslim dominated northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, currently a part of India. This bilateral conflict has had international implications over the years. Decades of conflict, which includes three major ...


Neighbor-Love As A Keystone To Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Brian Stiltner Jan 2013

Neighbor-Love As A Keystone To Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Brian Stiltner

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

Chapter by Brian Stiltner from a collection of essays edited by Marinus C. Iwuchukwu and Brian Stiltner.

"This is a collection of essays that address inter-faith dialogue between Muslims and Christians in America and Africa. It addresses the issues dealing with how some Christians depict America as founded on Christian principles, and how this might deter dialogue across different religions. The goal is to get people to converse, not as formulaic Muslims or Christians, but as people with complex, plural, and ever-changing identities that defuse religious antagonism"--Publisher website.


The Intricacy Of Death And Destiny, Christopher Rogers Jan 2013

The Intricacy Of Death And Destiny, Christopher Rogers

PTRS Undergraduate Publications

It is our eternal shadow and our ultimate judge. It is our shared destiny and greatest fear; death. The conceptualization of death has always been a fascination of man; we have forever explored it, pondered it, dissected it, but never conquered it. We know how to live, but yet very few of us know how to die.

Two of the most brilliant explorations of this dynamic are vastly different yet inherently important works. The genius of both George Orwell’s political satire 1984, and Albert Camus’ The Plague is their accessibility to the imagination regarding dying, the authors ability to ...


Review Of: Thompson, J. Milburn, Introducing Catholic Social Thought, Brian Stiltner Aug 2012

Review Of: Thompson, J. Milburn, Introducing Catholic Social Thought, Brian Stiltner

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

This book enters a crowded field. There are many books on Catholic social thought (CST), as suggested by this book’s select bibliography of over 200 items. Most religious studies publishers—especially those of a Catholic orientation—have one or more books on the topic. There are roughly thirty to forty texts in print that a college professor would consider when teaching a course or a module on Catholic social thought. Nonetheless, J. Milburn Thompson’s Introducing Catholic Social Thought is a welcome addition to the field. Thompson has written a clear, informative, and fairly engaging book for college students ...


Professor Richard Grigg Publishes Eighth Book, Richard Grigg Ph.D. Aug 2012

Professor Richard Grigg Publishes Eighth Book, Richard Grigg Ph.D.

Richard Grigg Ph.D.

An Embarrassment of Riches explores the reasons that religious pluralism may threaten one’s personal beliefs.


The Role Of Faith And Spirituality In The Work Of End-Of-Life Caregivers, Edward P. Stannard May 2012

The Role Of Faith And Spirituality In The Work Of End-Of-Life Caregivers, Edward P. Stannard

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.R.S. Theses)

Nurses, certified nursing assistants and other healthcare workers who care for those who are terminally ill face issues of mortality and even existential questions every day on the job. These professionals, who have intimate contact with their patients daily, must find an inner source of strength and perseverance in order to face people who are at the end of their lives, who may be in pain, and who frequently are alone in their rooms aside from the institution’s staff. This study asks whether an inner sense of religious faith or spirituality helps end-of-life healthcare workers conduct their daily tasks ...


Dire L’Interdit: The Vocabulary Of Censure And Exclusion In The Early Modern Reformed Tradition, John B. Roney Jan 2012

Dire L’Interdit: The Vocabulary Of Censure And Exclusion In The Early Modern Reformed Tradition, John B. Roney

History Faculty Publications

Book review by John Roney:

Mentzer, Raymond A., Françoise Moreil and Philippe Chareyre, eds. Dire l’interdit: The Vocabulary of Censure and Exclusion in the Early Modern Reformed Tradition. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2010.