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Contemporary Catholic Conversations 2017-2018, Curtis Center Oct 2017

Contemporary Catholic Conversations 2017-2018, Curtis Center

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The Curtis Center at Sacred Heart University is a new initiative within the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity. The goal of the Curtis Center is engage SHU and the wider community in topics of interest and concern in today’s world.

The Center will host the annual inaugural series “Contemporary Catholic Conversations” during the 2017-18 academic year, a lecture series that will feature expert presenters and meaningful discussions.

Bishop Walter W. Curtis was on the cutting edge in 1963 when founding this university. He was energized by the Second Vatican Council to face the issues of his day, which ...


Priest, Writer, Mentor, Misfit: Understanding Henri Nouwen, Michael W. Higgins Dec 2016

Priest, Writer, Mentor, Misfit: Understanding Henri Nouwen, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Two decades ago, on September 21, 1996, while on the way to St. Petersburg to shoot a documentary based on his acclaimed spiritual meditation, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen—priest, writer, professor, and pastoral mentor—died of a heart attack in his homeland of the Netherlands. His friends and countless admirers were stunned. Prolific author of more than three dozen books, and a much-called-upon speaker and preacher, Nouwen was a large presence in Catholic circles and a growing influence in Protestant ones as well. His loss was felt not only in his immediate community but around the ...


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.


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.


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.


Seeing With Feeling, Michael W. Higgins Jan 2012

Seeing With Feeling, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Book review by Michael W. Higgins.

Haughey, John C. In Search of the Whole: Twelve Essays on Faith and Academic Life. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2011.


Mission And Catholic Identity [Booklet], Office Of Mission And Catholic Identity Jan 2012

Mission And Catholic Identity [Booklet], Office Of Mission And Catholic Identity

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

‌The Office of Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University has as its primary purpose the articulation, promotion and transmission of the Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Tradition.


The Journalist As Theologian: A Tribute To Gregory Baum, Michael W. Higgins Dec 2011

The Journalist As Theologian: A Tribute To Gregory Baum, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The article features Gregory Baum, mathematician, theologian, ex-Augustinian friar, dissenter and pioneering sociologist of religion. In an interview in 1996, he provided a diagnosis of the Roman Catholic Church mentioning that it was undergoing a governance crisis of immense proportions and that there was a need for a new system. Baum, Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics and the Sociology of Religion at McGill University, considers himself a journalist fascinated with ideas.


Prophet Of The Electric Age: Marshall Mcluhan’S Post-Curial Catholicism, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2011

Prophet Of The Electric Age: Marshall Mcluhan’S Post-Curial Catholicism, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The author explores the Catholicism of Herbert Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian literary scholar and communications theorist. The author notes that McLuhan's Catholicism seldom surfaces in the writings of his biographers. Higgins believes McLuhan's Catholicisim deserves a fuller exploration since faith was profoundly constitutive in his life and thought. The author also claims that McLuhan's reasons for conversion differentiated him from the conventional intellectual.


The Catholic Intellectual Tradition And Its Dynamics, Jean Ehret Jan 2011

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition And Its Dynamics, Jean Ehret

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Throughout the papers of this book, the CIT appears not to be an abstract concept but a dynamic reality, a powerful source of inspiration for imagining creative ways to face the challenges of life in today’s world. Critical voices question the reference to Catholicism, others to a tradition. While addressing these issues helps to prevent the CIT from becoming the victim from either unreligious or traditionalist misconceptions, a synthetic approach will try to reveal fundamental dynamisms of the CIT that allow to identify it without reducing its inherent complexity and historical diversity, including its expressions yet to come.


Who Is Marc Ouellet?, Michael W. Higgins Jul 2010

Who Is Marc Ouellet?, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Cardinal Ouellet, in spite of his capacity for stirring resistance, is approachable, personable, and a man of deep faith.


The Priestly Imagination: Thomas Merton And The Poetics Of Critique, Michael W. Higgins Jan 2009

The Priestly Imagination: Thomas Merton And The Poetics Of Critique, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The article looks at the representation of ideals of the poet-priest in the works of Thomas Merton. It provides an analysis of Merton's poetics of critique. For Merton, John the Baptist represents the model anchorite as well as the first Cisterician and the greatest Trappist. The indivisible and comprehensive dimensions of Merton as a whole man are represented by John the Baptist, John of the Cross and John the Beloved. The two types of Merton's poetics of critique are ecclesial/monastic and societal.


The Catholic Character Of Catholic Universities, Anthony J. Cernera Jan 2009

The Catholic Character Of Catholic Universities, Anthony J. Cernera

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The signs of the times, that we are living in the midst of, are dramatic, suggesting perhaps radical challenges, but potentially wonderful opportunities, for humanity and the Church, e.g., globalization; the pervasiveness of secularization in the Western world; the encounter with Islam and the increased importance of inter-religious dialogue; the geographical shift of the center of Catholicism; the scientific-technological revolution; the reality of the poor; and the emerging crisis of global warming are among the most significant.

As the Catholic Church emerges as a truly global church, Catholic universities have an essential role to play in its mission in ...


Engaging The Catholic Intellectual Tradition - Sacred Heart University's Common Core: The Human Journey, Michelle Loris Jan 2009

Engaging The Catholic Intellectual Tradition - Sacred Heart University's Common Core: The Human Journey, Michelle Loris

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

At Catholic universities we have lofty and ambitious learning outcomes for our graduates. We want to provide our students with the knowledge, ideas, skills, and critical abilities needed to understand} reflect upon, and act with purpose and effect in our increasingly complex, ever-changing, global-world. We want to equip our students with the intellectual abilities, spiritual discernment, and moral and ethical principles that will enable them to distinguish between those things which inspire the mind, satisfy the soul, and advance the human good - and those things which do not. We want to develop in them the intelligence and compassion needed to ...


Vormort: Una Sancta Catholica Et Apostolica, Jean Ehret, Erwin Mode Jan 2009

Vormort: Una Sancta Catholica Et Apostolica, Jean Ehret, Erwin Mode

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Foreword from the book:

Ehret, Jean and Erwin Möde, eds. Una Sancta Catholica et Apostolica: Einheit und Anspruch des Katholischen. Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 2009.


A Secure Border: In Canada Religion & Politics Don't Mix, Michael W. Higgins Nov 2008

A Secure Border: In Canada Religion & Politics Don't Mix, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The article focuses on the separation of religion and politics in Canada. It cites that Canadian politicians are collectively nervous about introducing religious issues in the political arena. It notes that reelected Prime Minister Stephen Harper has an affirmed intellectual attachment to religion. It states that religion, particularly Catholicism, surfaced at several points during the election, around the editorial table, or in caucus.


The Latin Liturgy And The Jews, Anthony J. Cernera, Eugene Korn Oct 2007

The Latin Liturgy And The Jews, Anthony J. Cernera, Eugene Korn

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Pope Benedict XVI's recent letter to bishops authorizing wider use of the 1962 Roman Missal, commonly referred to as the Latin Mass, has provoked strong reactions from Jews and Catholics worldwide who are committed to furthering the historic work of reconciliation begun at the Second Vatican Council with the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions” (Nostra Aetate, 1965). Many are concerned that some language in the missal harkens back to the Adversus Judaeos tradition within Christianity, which for some 18 centuries saw Jews as a threat to Christian society. This tradition was forthrightly and courageously ...


Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, And Donald Nicholl: Pilgrims Of Wisdom And Peace, Michael W. Higgins Jan 2007

Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, And Donald Nicholl: Pilgrims Of Wisdom And Peace, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Thomas Merton, Donald Nicholl, and Henri Nouwen, twentieth-century spiritual writers and thinkers, were, for significant chunks of time, contemporaries. To some degree they spoke out of similar contexts. To some degree they addressed similar crises.


Defined By Spirituality?, Michael W. Higgins Jan 2004

Defined By Spirituality?, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Pierre Elliott Trudeau was a man of intense, intelligent, and reflective faith, and this critical dimension of the man needs to be rightly considered when assessing his role and impact on Canadian society.


Some Jewish Reflections On The Splendor Of Truth, Jack Bemporad Jan 1995

Some Jewish Reflections On The Splendor Of Truth, Jack Bemporad

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Pope John Paul's encyclical deals with themes of utmost concern to all of us. It confronts many of the questions of ethics and morality that address the ethical malaise pervading our contemporary society and is a profound analysis and evaluation of modernity offering a significant and comprehensive alternative. As such it not only concerns the faithful among the Catholic Church but also all individuals concerned with ethical questions.

The lessons it depicts and the doctrines it sets forth are meant as a guide to all individuals who are concerned with what makes for true satisfaction and an abiding good ...