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What difference does being a Catholic Christian make in a world of powerful institutions and processes that shape identities, loyalties and allegiances?
Has Catholicism’s embrace of nationalism and other powerful forms of political/cultural identity limited, inhibited or thwarted the call of the Gospel to form communities of discipleship across human borders and divisions? How can the Church respect and celebrate the diversity of its members – many nations, cultures and communities – while maintaining a coherent witness to the Kingdom of God that is not undermined by more parochial ideologies or priorities?
This project explores theological, political and pastoral issues related to the Catholic encounter with processes and institutions that form politically salient loyalties and identities in the modern and postmodern world. As people worldwide inescapably find themselves part of multiple and overlapping communities of identity and belonging (e.g., racial, political, cultural, sexual, ideological), it is far from obvious how these can and should stand in relative importance to the unity in Christ effected in baptism and sustained by the Eucharist.
All of the sessions in this part of the conference will explore the relationship around the world between church in state, on the personal, political, pastoral, and theological levels. How do we, in our individual lives & our institutional lives, live out our Catholic identity in the context of our political/cultural identity?
Bishop Paride Taban,Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Dioecese of Torit (Torit, Sudan); Founder, Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron (Kuron, Sudan)
Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
Moderator: Peter Casarella (CWCIT Director, DePaul University)
Thinking Theologically About Identities, Allegiances & Being a Christian
Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, Associate Professor, Theology; Director, Catholic Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Emmanuel Katongole, Associate Professor, Theology & Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Religious Liberty & Political Tensions: A View from the Vatican
John L. Allen, Jr., Senior Correspondent, National Catholic Reporter; Senior Vatican Analyst, CNN
Catholicity & Incarnated Identities: European Cases & Theological Reflections
Daniel Izuzquiza, SJ, Director, Centro Pueblos Unidos (Madrid, Spain)
Martin Menke, Professor, History & Government, Rivier University
Slavica Jakelic, Associate Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
Moderator: Scott Hibbard (Associate Professor, Political Science, DePaul University)
Catholicity & Incarnated Identities: African Cases & Theological Reflections
Eunice Karanja Kamaara, Professor of Religious Studies, Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya); International Affiliate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University
Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, Provincial, Jesuit Province of East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
Moderator: Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S. (Vatican Council II Professor of Theology, Catholic Theological Union)
Catholicity & Incarnated Identities: Latin American Cases & Theological Reflections
Matthew J. Butler, Associate Professor of Modern Mexican History, University of Texas at Austin
Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer, Associate Professor, Theology; Vice Dean, Center of Theology & Human Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Moderator: Mark Potosnak (Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Studies, DePaul University)
Catholicity & Incarnated Identities: North American Cases & Theological Reflections
William T. Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies & Senior Research Professor, CWCIT, DePaul University
Braden Anderson, Author of Chosen Nation: Scripture, Theopolitics & the Project of National Identity
Moderator: Charles Strain (Professor, Religious Studies, DePaul University)
Catholicity & Incarnated Identities: Asian Cases & Theological Reflections
K. M. Rukshan Fernando, Human Rights Activist & Chair, Rights Now (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
José Mario Francisco, SJ, President, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, Philippines)
Moderator: Patrick Callahan (Professor, Political Science, DePaul University)
Political Theology, Political Practice & Questions of Allegiance
A. Alexander Stummvoll, Instructor, Catholic Studies & Research Fellow, CWCIT, DePaul University
Paul D. Murray, Professor, Systematic Theology & Director, Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University (Durham, England)
*The subtitle to Paul Murray's talk on this topic is "UK Catholic Perspectives, Strategies, and Initiatives."
Moderator: Scott Paeth (Associate Professor, Religious Studies, DePaul University)
Identities, Allegiances & Nationalism in Eastern Catholic & Orthodox Christian Contexts
Peter Galadza, Kule Family Professor of Liturgy, Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies; Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies (Volos, Greece); Professor, Systematic Theology, Hellenic Open University (Patras, Greece)
Victor Roudometof, Associate Professor, Social & Political Sciences, University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus)
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Oleh Kindiy (Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Aquinas College from Ukrainian Catholic University)
As Pope Benedict XVI noted in his Message for the 46th World Communications Day, in today’s complex, diverse world of Web 2.0 stimulation & data, many people find themselves “confronted with the ultimate questions of human existence:
Who am I? .... What ought I to do? ....”
To truly understand and answer these questions, silence in the form of reflection, meditation, prayer, etc., is key. Through this silence, we find that God speaks to us, and in turn, Pope Benedict says, “we discover in silence the possibility of speaking with God and about God.” We also experience “the compelling obligation ‘to communicate that which we have seen and heard’.... (1 Jn 1:3).”
In quiet contemplation, we are immersed in “the light of Christ, his message of life and his saving gift of the fullness of love.” And we are invited to share these same gifts with our neighbors.
How to do this—encounter these gifts ourselves and share them with others—amidst all of today’s online chatter is the question this session will explore. To frame the question another way, "what would Jesus do on Facebook?"
Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
Jana Bennett, Author of Aquinas on the Web? Doing Theology in an Internet Age, Associate Professor, Theological Ethics, University of Dayton
Brent Laytham, Author of iPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment; Dean, Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University
Moderator: Sheryl Overmyer (Assistant Professor, Catholic Studies, DePaul University)
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ
Intended for all of DePaul’s faculty and students, the 3rd Annual Byrne Lecture is also open to the general public. It is the closing session of World Catholicism Week and commemorates the founding vision of DePaul's first president.
Controversial and visionary, Byrne forged ahead in 1907 with the bold desire to build a Catholic university and liberal arts curriculum for all the urban immigrants of the city of Chicago and in which there would be no religious test for admission to the college or to the faculty.
Last year, the Byrne Lecture was jointly given by Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM, president of DePaul University, and Rev. José Morales Orozco, SJ, president of the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México (UIACM) in Mexico City.
For 2013, we are honored to have Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, help us start a conversation across the disciplines about how spirituality and social justice intersect in the living witness of the Catholic tradition.
"I Was in Prison & You Visited Me:" Spirituality & Social Justice
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account
of the Death Penalty in the United States
Michael Baxter, Visiting Associate Professor, Catholic Studies, DePaul University
David Kelly, C.PP.S., Executive Director, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
Moderator: Peter Casarella (CWCIT Director, DePaul University)