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FROM THE C2l CENTER DIRECTOR [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
FROM THE C2l CENTER DIRECTOR Dear Friend: The Church in the 21st Century (C2l) Center proudly presents "Exploring the Catholic Intellectual Tradition," a collection of essays, reflections, prayers, art, and poems that offer treasured insights into the Catholic tradition. We are honored to have collaborated with Fr. Robert Imbelli, the guest editor of this issue, who generously offered his passion for and a lifetime of experience teaching the Catholic intellectual tradition. As another installment in the Sesquicentennial Series of C2l Resources, we continue to celebrate the 150 th anniversary of the founding of Boston College. The cover of this issue fittingly presents a recent sculpture of St. Ignatius of Loyola on the Boston College campus. Since being commissioned in 2006, Pablo Eduardo's dynamic likeness of the founder of the Jesuits has transformed a common space on campus into a place of contemplation, study, and conversation frequented by students, faculty, and returning alumn...
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
CONTENTS THE HEART HAS ITS REASONS 3 by Robert P. Imbelli The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the University 7 by Margaret Steinfels Revitalizing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: 10 The Next Critical Challenge for Catholic Higher Education by Gregory A. Kalscheur, S.J. The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Social Justice, and the University 12 by David Hollenbach, S.J. Faith, Reason, and Culture 14 by Pope Benedict XVI Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University 15 by John Carvey Saints Preserve Us: A Conservator Reflects on the 16 Influence of Saints in the Preservation of Books by Barbara Adams Hebard Teaching and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition 20 by Anna Bonta Moreland A Student's Reflection 22 by Katherine Martin School of Athens, School of the Eucharist 24 Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura Revisiting the Catholic Imagination 26 by Paul Mariani Sing to the Lord, Make Music to Cod's Name! 28 by John Finney U.S. Latinos and the Catholic Intellectual Traditio...
ABOUT THE EDITOR [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
ABOUT THE EDITOR ROBERT p. IMBELLI, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, received his B.A. from Fordham University, his S.T.L. from the Gregorian University in Rome, and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He came to Boston College in 1986 as director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. He served in that position for six years before assuming full-time teaching responsibilities in Boston College's Theology Department. Father Imbelli has written essays and taught graduate seminars on the great Catholic theologians of the 20th and 21 st centuries: Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Avery Dulles, and Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI. He also contributes to publications like Commonweal, America, and L 'Osservatore Romano. He edited and wrote the introduction to the C2l volume Handing on the Faith: The Church's Mission and Challenge, and has enjoyed teaching the two-semester undergraduate core course Exploring Catholicism: Tradition and Transformation.
The Heart Has Its Reasons [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
The Heart Has Its Reasons Robert P. Imbelli The Catholic intellectual tradition is the two-millennia effort to ponder the meaning and implications of that new reality and to investigate its relation to other facets of human experience. It addresses the new questions that arise from humanity's ongoing discoveries in the realm of science and the ever more pressing encounter with the other great religious traditions. The Catholic intellectual tradition is the joyful celebration and the continuing exploration of what St. Augustine called the "beauty that is ever ancient, ever new." It should be noted at the outset that the word "intellectual" is not used here in a narrowly academic or merely conceptual sense. Augustine's invocation of "beauty" is a clear signal that the aesthetic enjoys equal rights of citizenship with the conceptual in "giving an account of the hope that is in us" (1 Peter 3:15). St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae stands side by side with the great Gothic cathedrals ...
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the University [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the University Margaret Steinfels Catholic intellectual life is central to Catholic identity. It is fundamental to the life of the Church, big C and little c, cathedral and congregation —to its continued vitality and to the Church's missions in this culture. This is not a narrow ecclesiastical tradition, but a broad and infinitely useful one. This tradition is carried on, pursued, criticized, developed, wrestled with by people from many different backgrounds. The way they think and write, read, and reflect very frequently rests on their education in American Catholic colleges and universities. So along with the preservation of knowledge, the scholarly work of retrieval, the building up of bodies of knowledge, and the education of the young, your schools are central to the practice of the Catholic intellectual life. Colleges and universities cannot claim to be Catholic if this tradition is not part of its core understanding; this tradition cann...
Revitalizing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: The Next Critical Challenge for Catholic Higher Education [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
Revitalizing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: The Next Critical Challenge for Catholic Higher Education Gregory A. Kalscheur, S.J. I can't understand it," she wailed. "I sent her to Catholic school for 12 years and she doesn't even go to church!" If I had a nickel for every time a parent said those words (substitute "religious education" for "Catholic school"), I would be gainfully unemployed. While some parents couldn't care less or, worse, don't even notice, most parents and even grandparents are appalled that their children, especially their 16- to 2 2-year-olds, seem to have forsaken their heritage, their Catholic faith. Determined to clarify their Roman Catholic identity in the face of potent secularizing trends and concerns that they had sacrificed their Catholic distinctiveness for secular academic respectability, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States over the past 20 years have adopted new mission statements and added personnel and programs designed to ...
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Social Justice, and the University [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Social Justice, and the University David Hollenbach, S.J. The United States and the increasingly interconnected global society of today face daunting challenges in their efforts to secure justice for all their people. The Catholic intellectual tradition possesses some distinctive resources that can help respond to these challenges. Thus, Catholic universities can draw on this tradition to make significant contributions to social justice in our nation and our world. It is the role of the university —above all of the Catholic university —to retrieve, criticize, and reconstruct understandings of the human good and thus of social justice. The Catholic university should be a place where professors and students bring their received tradition's understandings of how people should live together into intelligent and critical encounter with understandings held by other peoples with other traditions. In particular, the university should be a place for criti...
Faith, Reason, and Culture [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
Faith, Reason, and Culture Pope Benedict XVI Faith by its specific nature is an encounter with the living God—an encounter opening up new horizons extending beyond the sphere of reason. But it is also a purifying force for reason itself. . . . Faith enables reason to do its work more effectively and to see its proper object more clearly ("Deus Caritas Est," 28). The conviction that there is a Creator God is what gave rise to the idea of human rights, the idea of the equality of all people before the law, the recognition of the inviolability of human dignity in every single person, and the awareness of people's responsibility for their actions ("Address to Bundestag," Berlin). The central question at issue, then, is this: Where is the ethical foundation for political choices to be found? The Catholic tradition maintains that the objective norms governing right action are accessible to reason, prescinding from the content of revelation. According to this understanding, the role of rel...
Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University John Garvey I have been arguing that the acquisition of virtue has a bearing on how we learn. This is a lesson all university students should take to heart. Students at the University of Kentucky should find the Newman Center. Harvard students should meet the chaplain at St. Paul's Church. But this is an incomplete argument. What is the particular contribution a Catholic university makes to the integration of virtue and intellect? Let me close with four brief observations about this point. First, although we sometimes speak of learning virtue from a holy man, we learn it better as members of a group. As the Catechism says, the Christian "learns the example of holiness [from the Church;] he discerns it in the authentic witness of those who live it. . . ."15 Both the yogi and the group provide the necessary illustration. But it's like learning a foreign language. No tutor alive can match the experience of living with a family tha...
Saints Preserve Us: A Conservator Reflects on the Influence of Saints in the Preservation of Books [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
Saints Preserve Us: A Conservator Reflects on the Influence of Saints in the Preservation of Books Barbara Adams Hebard hrist is coming down from I the cross!" exclaimed an agitated colleague as she rushed into the conservation lab in the John J. Burns Library at Boston College on a sunny spring day in 2009. I had begun working at Boston College only months earlier so was not immediately aware of exactly what this meant in the context of my position as conservator. However, my quirky sense of humor kicked in and I responded, "Sounds like a job for the Virgin Mary." Upon questioning my colleague it became clear that the intervention of the Blessed Mother would not be necessary; the cross in this instance was the processional cross traditionally used for the Baccalaureate Mass prior to Commencement at Boston College. The Christ figure had become loosened, there was concern that it would fall off, and my colleague was certain that I could fix it. So taking out a screwdriver, I tightene...
C21 UPDATE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
C21 UPDATE The Heart of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition February 7, 2013 | Lecture Presenter: Fr. Robert Imbelli, professor, Theology Department Respondents: Professors Marina McCoy (Philosophy) and Khaled Anastolios (Theology) Location/Time: Casson Hall, Room 100, 5:30 p.m. Sponsors: C2l Center and Theology Department The Future of Catholic Periodicals: Finances, Faith, and the Digital Age February 20, 2013 | Panel Discussion Editors Panel: Matt Malone, S.J. ( America); Paul Baumann (Commonweal) and Meinrad Sherer-Emunds (U.S. Catholic) Location/Time: Casson Hall, Room TOO, 5:30 p.m. Sponsors: C2l Center and Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life New Voices in Catholic Theology February 27, 2013 | Book Launch Presenters: Anna Bonta Moreland, professor, Department of the Humanities, Villanova University and Joseph Curran, professor of Religious Studies, Misericordia College Location/Time: Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, 5:30 p.m. Sponsors: C2l Center and Theology Dep...
Page 19 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
I \i Explore Your Catholic Faith C2l Resour Share this magazine with a family member, friend or member of your church. Contact the C2l Center to add someone to the C2l Resources subscription mailing list. Recommend articles in this magazine for families at your parish to discuss at home. Request extra copies of the magazine for a classroom or staff development meeting. Create a six- to eight-week adult faith formation group. At each meeting share a meal, pray together, and discuss an article from this magazine and a related video. Enjoy the companion themed videos on the C2l website (bc.edu/C2l). Watch the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) video series. Order complimentary copies of the booklet, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: A Conversation at Boston College. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Join online companion courses at C2l Online (bc.edu/C2lOnline). Select essays to discuss with your parish staff to generate ideas for ways to improve programming during the Year of Faith. Use th...
Teaching and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
Teaching and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Anna Bonta Moreland I have the deep privilege to teach at a university at whose center lies the Catholic intellectual tradition. This past May at the graduates' reception, I was able to meet the parents, relatives, and friends of students whom I had had in class several semesters, a cluster of whom I had taught since freshman year. While the students had chosen to move onto different jobs, graduate schools, or internships, they did so through a genuine encounter with the best of the Catholic intellectual tradition. As I talked with Paul's aunt, or Okitchie's parents, or Tyler's grandfather, I was confident that their children had been forever marked by a Villanova education. What constitutes this mark, this encounter with the tradition? To its very roots in the 12th-centu-ry, the Catholic university is marked by the pursuit of knowledge as organic, humanizing , and interpersonal} The Catholic tradition insists upon the intimate relati...
A Student's Reflection [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
A Student's Reflection Katherine Martin Spending time with Augustine's Confessions, Dante's Divine Comedy, and Teilhard de Chardin's The Divine Milieu in my studies at Boston College, I have come to appreciate how deeply they have impacted my relationship with God and my interactions with others. In Augustine's Confessions, the saint struggles with his understanding of good and evil as well as the existence of free will. Although I did not realize it until journeying with Augustine through his lifelong conversion, free will is a concept I had never fully considered. As a former Manichean, he held beliefs concerning separate metaphysical forces, one good and one evil, each of which acted upon humankind, dictating a person's actions. Therefore, Augustine attributed the sin of man to an exterior force of evil. Such a mindset rejects any sense of accountability and enables man to lead a life free of guilt or shame regardless of how one's behaviors impact one's self and others. This is a...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
Lord, on the walls of my university stand the words: "The truth shall make you free." May we never forget that it was you who said this, O hidden Lord of all truth. Only when I find you in my quest for truth will I be free. Free from the narrowness of any one field of study, free from the desire of success, free from the greed of my own heart. Only your heart can teach me to love my study and knowledge, to put my best into it for your sake, to consecrate my heart in service to you alone in the depths of my love. - Karl Rahner, S.J
School of Athens, School of the Eucharist [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
School of Athens, School of the Eucharist Raphael's Stanza delta Segnatura In the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, in a room called the Stanza della Segnatura, the Renaissance master Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) painted four frescoes depicting the main branches of knowledge: philosophy with its desire for knowledge of causes; poetry and music with their beauty that reflects divine inspiration; theology with its contemplation of divine revelation; and law with its goal of enacting justice. Together, these frescoes capture the Catholic intellectual tradition's commitment both to faith and to reason, its breadth in learning from thinkers and ideas across the ages, and its ultimate foundation on the Incarnate and Eucharistic Christ. The two most famous are the frescoes of philosophy and theology, better known as The School of Athens and the Adoration of the Holy Sacrament. They face each other across the room, showing, in captivating and imaginative fashion, the union of faith and reason in th...