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April 20, 2010—This is Our Faith: The Global Diversity of Catholic Youth
This first day was designed for undergraduates and highlights the diverse experiences of Catholic faith across the globe. It opened with Francisco O'Conaire, OFM, Executive Secretary of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission, an advocacy center in Rome that serves the leadership of both women and men's religious institutes in the Catholic Church. The afternoon session was a conversation about the global dimensions of Catholicism with DePaul Professor Michael Budde and Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The day ended with a liturgy and "Feast of Faith" at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish. This event was co-sponsored by University Ministry, Mission and Values, and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies.
April 20, 2010
Youth around the globe are grappling ever more vigorously with their religious identity, and both religious leaders and scholars in the academy have explored the commonalities and differences in these struggles across religions and across cultures. The question of Catholic identity is being raised today and not only in the context of university life in the United States. What are the different paths that young people take to exploring their faith and its meaning in the midst of secularism, indifference, and a host of other questions raised by and about and as a challenge to the Catholic faith? By examining the issue of Catholicism from an intercultural perspective, this gathering invites DePaul students and others to celebrate the unity in diversity emerging locally and globally within and around the dynamic reality of the Catholic Church today. One highlight of the day will be the presentations and involvement of DePaul undergraduates and students from other colleges and universities.
"This is Our Faith" is an initiative of DePaul's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, which is being undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Catholic Studies, University Ministry, Catholic Campus Ministry, and the new major in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. The aim is to provide a forum so that DePaul students can reflect concretely upon their experiences of Catholicism in the light of the new global dynamic of the Church. One particular focus of these conversations will be the changing identity of Vincentian Catholicism throughout DePaul’s history and at other similar institutions like St. John’s University, Niagara University, and the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
This latter theme comes as Worldwide Vincentian Family celebrates in 2010 the 350th anniversary of the deaths of St. Vincent and St. Louise de Marillac.
"This is our Faith" culminated with a Catholic liturgy in the Vincent de Paul Church by Fr. Christopher Robinson, CM, pastor of the St. Vincent de Paul parish and director of DePaul’s Catholic Campus Ministry.
Vincentian young adults shared testimonies in their work and appeal in the marginalized communities they serve, exploring the relationship between the Vincentian mission and the reality of the 21st century.As Vincent and Louise recognized the struggles of their time, the presenters were also aware of the oppressive structures and institutions in their communities, therefore finding it necessary to identify & act on the pulse of social consciousness. This gathering was organized by Vincentian Youth for Vincentian Youth. Made up of members from various organizations that share the Vincentian charism, the convocation was a unique opportunity to develop the vision, capacity and skills necessary for lay leadership.
This conversation focused on dirt, one of the most pervasive & essential elements in human flourishing. Few good meals, for example, can be prepared without fruits of the soil. This session looked at dirt in a multidisciplinary way in order to elicit patterns of thought or points of contact between disciplines that could be useful for future conversations.
The Vincent & Louise House is an intentional Catholic community of undergraduate DePaul students committed to community service, social justice and simple living. During this session, current residents shared the realities of their joys & struggles, along with their journey of transformation, and long-term commitment to peace & justice through this one-year residential experience on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.
The next two days are dedicated to the recent papal encyclical on economic globalization. The opening keynote will feature Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and an advocate for "new thinking" at the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen. This academic conference will feature internationally recognized theologians, economists, and business entrepreneurs. Concurrent sessions will address themes such as "The Economy of Communion," "DePaul's Microfinancing Project in Haiti," "Gratuitousness in Economic Theory and Political Economy," "Catholicism, the Nation-State, and Global Governance," and "Women, the Family, and Economic Justice." The closing address will be delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who spoke in an interview about the need for the DePaul conference.
Pope Benedict XVI's long-awaited economic encyclical "Charity in Truth" (Caritas in Veritate) has been greeted around the world with both critical acclaim and outright puzzlement. Its message is a critique of economic globalization that at first glance sounds much like progressive thought, allowing The Chicago Tribune to publish a side-by-side comparison of "Obamanomics" and "Popeanomics." On the other hand, the German Pope's undiminished enthusiasm for the renewal of evangelization, the end of abortion, and the necessary promotion of ethical entrepreneurialism receive equal attention in the text. Liberals and conservatives will be able to pick out their choice topics, but both groups will also be challenged by the shift of focus to fundamentals in both theology and economic theory. Catholics and others interested in the new face of social progress touted by Pope Benedict must learn to read the encyclical as whole. This lesson also applies more broadly, as the encyclical itself reminds us, to the unity of personal and social development in the Catholic tradition. "In Christ," writes Pope Benedict, "charity in truth becomes the Face of His Person." Through this gathering DePaul University hopes to bring to light and encourage critical reflection upon this groundbreaking and intrinsically Vincentian dimension of the Church’s most recent encyclical.
"Between evangelization and human advancement — development and liberation — there are in fact profound links." On the basis of this insight, Paul VI clearly presented the relationship between the proclamation of Christ and the advancement of the individual in society (Caritas in Veritate, #15).
In the encyclical the Pope raises intriguing issues about the continuity of recent Catholic social teaching as well as its future direction. Neo-conservative voices in the United States have attempted to undermine the German Pope's affirmation of Paul VI's Populorum Progressio (1968). The quotation cited above, however, makes its clear that Benedict is heir to the social teaching of both Paul VI and John Paul II. This is not just a point for discussion by academic theologians but a program for renewing the vocation of the Catholic laity to promote the social message of the Church as a total commitment of faith.
To promote these goals DePaul University is organizing a two-day academic conference on the theme: "Tradition and Liberation: Caritas in Veritate" Of all the words in the title, the most important is "and." Coming in the wake of "Transformed by Hope: Building a Catholic Social Theology for the Americas," this conference will show that Catholicism overcomes bifurcations not just between liberalism and conservatism but between intellectual inquiry and social commitment, between the social gospel of North America and the cry for liberation of the South, and between confronting the person of Jesus Christ and calling for global assessment of economic structures. The conference will encourage a dialogue of these themes in the light of the new encyclical and help to set a future agenda the DePaul Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology.
April 21, 2010
Welcome: Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., President, DePaul UniversityOpening Remarks: Charles Suchar, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, DePaul UniversityFrancis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of ChicagoFirst Plenary Session: Archbishop Celestino Migliore Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
Economy of Communion I: Moderator: Thomas Judge, J.D., Chaplain, University Ministry, DePaul UniversitySpeaker: Amy Uelmen, "Caritas in Veritate and Chiara Lubich: Human Development from the Vantage Point of Unity"In Caritas in Veritate Pope Benedict writes: "When we consider the issues involved in the relationship between business and ethics, as well as the evolution currently taking place in methods of production, it would appear that the traditionally valid distinction between profit-based companies and non-profit organizations can no longer do full justice to reality, or offer practical direction for the future. In recent decades a broad intermediate area has emerged between the two types of enterprise. It is made up of traditional companies which nonetheless subscribe to social aid agreements in support of underdeveloped countries, charitable foundations associated with individual companies, groups of companies oriented towards social welfare, and the diversified world of the so-called “civil economy” and the “economy of communion”. This is not merely a matter of a "third sector", but of a broad new composite reality embracing the private and public spheres, one which does not exclude profit, but instead considers it a means for achieving human and social ends (CIV#46)."
Taking the economy of communion as developed by Chiara Lubich, the founder of the ecclesial movement Focolare, and her followers as the chief example, these two sessions will examine the theoretical and practical implications of the idea of a “broad new composite reality embracing the private and public spheres” and try to assess the broader significance of the entrepreneurship of the Focolare for other innovators in the Church and the world. They will address the question of how this plurality of forms of business expands civilization and competitiveness.
Graduate Student Panel: Caritas in Veritate in the Eyes of the Next Generation of Theologians I Moderator: Robert Wilken, Senior Research Fellow, CWCIT, DePaul UniversitySpeakers: Horacio Vela,University of Notre Dame "Pope Benedict XVI's Use of Scripture in Caritas in Veritate"Miguel Jose Romero, Duke University, “Caritas in Veritate and the Interpretive Tradition of Populorum Progressio.”Gratuitousness as a Question for Economic Theory and Political Economy I: "Will Understanding the Principle of Gratuitousness Help Save the Soul of a Lapsed Economist?"Moderator: Thomas D.Donley, DePaul UniversityPresenter: Theodore Tsukahara Saint Mary's CollegeResponse: Michael Naughton, University of St. ThomasOne of the most perplexing and tantalizing sections of the encyclical deals with the economic theory of gratuitousness: "The great challenge before us, accentuated by the problems of development in this global era and made even more urgent by the economic and financial crisis, is to demonstrate, in thinking and behaviour, not only that traditional principles of social ethics like transparency, honesty and responsibility cannot be ignored or attenuated, but also that in commercial relationships the principle of gratuitousness and the logic of gift as an expression of fraternity can and must find their place within normal economic activity. This is a human demand at the present time, but it is also demanded by economic logic. It is a demand both of charity and of truth (CIV#36)." These sessions will look at the theoretical work done by economists on the logic of the gift and lay out a program for furthering this critical area of research.
Theology and the Economy I:Moderator: Peter Casarella, DePaul UniversitySpeaker: Paulo Fernando Carneiro de AndradePontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro In the encyclical Pope Benedict XVI states that both theology and metaphysics are needed to explore the depths of the claim that the human person possesses and represents a transcendent dimension of human dignity and human relationality. Yet the conversation between academic theology and the social scientific disciplines that are also required to understand the implications of this claim for daily economic life has hardly begun. Three noteworthy theologians will explore the contribution of Caritas in Veritate to the on-going discussion of the relationship of theology and economics as well as the ways in which the encyclical itself can be understood more fully in the light of those conversations.Catholicism and Global Order I: Moderator: Stephen Long, Marquette UniversitySpeaker: Michael BuddeA prime motive of the encyclical was to speak to the signs of the times in a period of rapidly expanding economic globalization, but the publication of the document was delayed by the global economic crisis. In addition, the mere mention of "urgent need of a true world political authority" has sent shock waves through some quarters. These sessions will examine the approach to economic globalization in the encyclical and seek to develop a critically nuanced approach to the question of world government adumbrated in the newest addition to Catholic social teaching.
Women, the Family, and Economic Justice I:Moderator: David Schindler, Provost/Dean, Pontifical John Paul IIInstitute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of AmericaJulie Hanlon Rubio, Practicing Gratuity: A Vision for Families and the Social OrderRespect for life is one of the key issues besides the progress of peoples that binds Paul VI and Benedict XVI as theological contributors to Catholic social teaching. The link between "life ethics" and "social ethics" thus becomes a leitmotif of Caritas in Veritate. But apart from the central questions of abortion and Christian marriage and the passing mention of the growing popularity of international sex tourism, there is precious little in the encyclical about either injustices against women or women as workers or as agents of economic change. These sessions will assess the advances and the challenges regarding the approach taken to the situation of women across the globe in the encyclical and seek to address these issues in the light of the common aspirations of men, women, and families in the Catholicism and in the world today.
Economy of Communion II:Moderator: Peter Casarella, DePaul UniversitySpeaker: Lorna Gold,Trócaire: Mobilising for Justice “From 'Spirituality of Communion' to 'Economy of Communion' - the Evolution of a New Economic Culture” Microfinancing II: Educating for Social Awareness, Development of a Housing Infra-Structure, and Promotion of Micro-Enterprise PartnershipsModerator: Ali Fatemi, Chair, Finance Department, DePaul UniversitySpeakers: Karim Pakravan, “Developing a Housing Infra-Structure”Karen Hunt-Ahmed, “Promoting Micro-Enterprise”Nicholas Lund-Molfese, “Partnering with the Archdiocese of Chicago”John Rush, Clenslate Chicago and John Buley, Vicepresident of Social Investent, JP Morgan, Chase, “Developing Alliances for Social Investing”Microfinancing is identified in Caritas in Veritate as an ethical form of business activity. But the Pope also adds the following caution: “It would be advisable, however, to develop a sound criterion of discernment, since the adjective 'ethical' can be abused. When the word is used generically, it can lend itself to any number of interpretations, even to the point where it includes decisions and choices contrary to justice and authentic human welfare (CIV#45).“ These sessions will look at the encyclical from the standpoint of microcredit and microfinancing projects on the ground. What can be learned about the ethical principles adumbrated in the encyclical from the concrete practice of microfinancing? What does the practice of microfinancing reveal about the problem of discernment highlighted by the Pope?
Gratuitousness as a Question for Economic Theory and Political Economy II:Moderator: Ted Tsukahara, Saint Mary's CollegeSpeaker: Michael Naughton, University of St. Thomas "The Logic of Gift: Engaging Caritas in veritate with the Purpose of the Firm.”Theology and the Economy II: Moderator: Scott Paeth, Religious Studies, DePaul UniversityPresenters: Thomas O'Brien, Religious Studies, DePaul University, "An analysis of the use of Caritas as a Theme of Catholic Social Theory"Keith Lemna, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, "Human Ecology, Environmental Ecology and a Ressourcement Theology:Caritas in Veritate in the Light of Philip Sherrard’s Theandric Anthropology" Catholicism and Global Order II: Issues and Controversies Regarding the Pope Benedict's Mention of an "Urgent Need of a True World Political Authority" in Caritas in Veritate. Moderator: Molly Andolina, Political Science, DePaul UniversitySpeakers: Patrick Callahan, Depaul University, "Catholicism and world government: 'Caritas in Veritate' in historical context"Mary Ann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of AmericaResponse: Gary D. Glenn, Northern Illinois UniversityWomen, the Family, and Economic Justice II: Moderator: Gemma Cruz, Depaul UniversitySpeaker: Maria Clara Luchetti Bingemer, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de JaneiroThe Integrity of Creation and Sustainable Development: Approaches to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful Scott Kelley, DePaul UniversityElizabeth Milian, DePaul UniversityRon Nahser, DePaul University
Charity in Truth and the Current State of Globalization Moderator: Michael Budde, DePaul UniversitySpeakers: William Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies and Senior Research Fellow, CWCIT, DePaul University "Dispersed Political Authority: Subsidiarity and Globalization in Caritas in Veritate"Simona Beretta, Catholic University of Milan"Caritas in veritate as a challenge to “dualistic” economic thinking" Public Forum for Young Catholics: The Experience of Christ and the Social Witness of the Ecclesial Movements Moderator: Peter Casarella, DePaul UniversityBenita Antony, DePaul UniversityElizabeth Garlow, Acción USACarolina Brito, Columbia University
April 22, 2010
Moderator: Robert Schreiter, Catholic Theological UnionSpeaker: Roberto Goizueta, Boston CollegeThe Christological Center of Caritas in VeritateMicrofinancing in Haiti:Moderator: Marco Tavanti, Chair, International Public Service, DePaul UniversitySpeakers: Laura Hartman, Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, DePaul UniversityEduardo Almeida, Interamerican Development Bank and Vice President for the South America, Equatorial Zone North, Saint Vincent de Paul SocietyEconomy of Communion III: Moderator: Karen Hunt-Ahmed, DePaul University Speaker: John Mundell , President and CEO, MUNDELL & ASSOCIATES, INC " The Business of Working in Communion: The Art of Building Relationships within an Economy of Communion Company”Graduate Student Panel: Caritas in Veritate in the Eyes of the Next Generation of Theologians IIModerator: Neomi DeAnda, DePaul UniversityPanelists: Kevin Considine, Loyola University Chicago, "The Color of Human Development: The Modern Racial Imagination’s Challenge to 'Caritas in Veritate"Matthew Philipp Whelan, Duke University "Agriculture and the ‘Grammar’ of Creation"Carolina Brito, Columbia UniversityTheology and the Economy III:Moderator: Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro Speaker: Stephen Long ,Marquette University, "Profit Maximization and the Death of God: Theology and Economics in Benedict XVI's Charity in Truth"Women, the Family, and Economic Justice III Moderator: Mary Jeanne Larrabee, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Peace, Conflict, Resolution and Social Justice Program, Depaul UniversitySpeaker: Gemma Cruz, DePaul University, "Tradition in Liberation: Women and the Transnational Family in the Global Economy"
Introduction: Farrell O'Gorman, Catholic Studies, DePaul UniversityDavid L. Schindler, Provost/Dean, John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family at The Catholic University of America, "The Anthropological Unity of Caritas in Veritate and its Implications for Economic and Cultural Life Today"Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., President, DePaul UniversityFinal Plenary: Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TurksonPresident of Pontifical Council for Justice and PeaceClosing Reflection: Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop of Chicago
We are fortunate to be able to coordinate this event alongside the Earth Week activities organized by the DePaul Initiative on Sustainability. The conversation on April 23rd is about sustainability in light of the Catholic identity of DePaul and the mission of higher education. The day will begin with a presentation by John L. Allen, Jr., author and journalist, speaking on “Pope Benedict XVI and Environmentalism.” Mr. Allen has covered the “greening of Catholic thought and activism” in his writings.(Sample coverage) The rest of the day will be dedicated to responses to Allen’s presentation from experts in the field and from DePaul faculty seeking to augment the DePaul curriculum to prepare for a more sustainable future.
This gathering is scheduled as part of DePaul’s celebration of Earth Week and is intended for those who would like to pursue the question of environmental sustainability in light of the Catholic and Vincentian identity of DePaul and the mission of Catholic higher education more generally. It will prepare faculty and staff who are writing a mission statement for DePaul on the question of sustainability to integrate Catholic intellectual traditions into their process of reflection.
These sessions are open to the general public. Students are welcome to participate. In particular, they will enable faculty and staff at DePaul who are currently preparing a mission statement for DePaul on the question of sustainability to integrate Catholic intellectual traditions into their process of reflection. The presentations and panels in the morning will put some ideas on the table about how to think about the problem of sustainability in the light of the Catholic heritage understood in the broadest sense of the term and with particular attention being paid to the Vincentian contribution to that heritage. In the afternoon the participants will gather in workshops to flesh out some of the practical implications of these ideas in terms of their own interests and disciplines.
Sustainability and Catholic MissionJohn Allen – National Catholic Reporter Correspondent"Pope Benedict XVI and Environmentalism"Respondents: John Mundell, Mundell and Associates Barbara Willard, School of CommunicationMark Potosnak, Environmental ScienceSustainability and the DePaul CurriculumMarco Tavanti, School of Public Service, DePaul UniversityKelly Tzoumis, Department of Public Policy Studies, DePaul UniversityJulie Hwang, Department of Geography, DePaul UniversityCharles Suchar, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, DePaul University
John AllenSenior Correspondent, National Catholic Reporter
Eduardo AlmeidaInteramerican Development Bank and Vice President for the South America, Equatorial Zone NorthSt. Vincent de Paul Society
Paulo Fernando Carneiro de AndradeVice Dean, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
James Brian BenestadDepartment of Theology, University of Scranton
Simona BerettaOrdinary Professor of International Economics and Policy, Political Science FacultySacro Cuore Catholic University (Milan)Maria Clara BingemerDean, Center of Theology and Human Sciences Associate Professor of TheologyPontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Michael BuddeSenior Research Professor, CWCIT and Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University
Patrick CallahanProfessor of Political Science, DePaul University
Peter CasarellaProfessor, Catholic Studies and Director, CWCIT, DePaul University
William CavanaughProfessor of Catholic Studies and Senior Research Professor, CWCIT, DePaul University
Gemma CruzVisiting Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University
Maryann Cusimano LoveAssociate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of AmericaFellow, Commission on International Religious Freedom
Allan Figueroa Deck, SJExecutive Director, Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the ChurchU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Cardinal Francis George, OMIArchbishop of Chicago
Gary D. GlennDistinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Political ScienceNorthern Illinois University
Robert Goizueta Jr.
Lorna GoldPolicy and Advocacy Manager, Trócaire: Mobilising for Justice (Official Overseas Development Agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland)
Laura HartmanVincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, DePaul University
Karen Hunt-AhmedAssistant Professor of Finance and Management, DePaul University
Assistant Professor of Geography, DePaul University
Scott KelleyAssistant Vice President for Vincentian Scholarship, Office of Mission & Values, DePaul University
Associate Vice President for University Ministry, DePaul University
Visiting Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Professor of Systematic Theology, Marquette University
Archbishop Celestino Migliore
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University
Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Science Program, DePaul University
President and CEO, MUNDELL & ASSOCIATES, INC
Senior Wicklander Fellow, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University
Professor and Moss Chair in Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University
Francisco Gearóid Ó Conaire, OFM
Executive Secretary, Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation
Commission of the Union of Major Superiors and the International Union of Major Superiors
Associate Director for Community Service, DePaul University
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science Program, DePaul University
Julie Hanlon Rubio
Associate Professor of Theology, St. Louis University
Managing Director, Cleanslate Chicago
Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE
Assistant Professor & Chair of the Environmental Science & Studies, University of St. Thomas (Houston)
David L. Schindler
Provost/Dean & Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology
Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family, The Catholic University of America
Associate Professor and Chair of International Public Service (IPS) Graduate Program, DePaul University
Director, Integral Program of Liberal Arts
Director, John F. Henning Institute and Professor of Economics
Saint Mary's College
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
President of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Professor & Chair, Department of Public Policy Studies, DePaul University
Director of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work, Fordham University
Associate Professor of Communication, DePaul University