News and Updates

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dr. Beaudoin lectures at two events in the Netherlands around his book Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian

GSRRE's Dr. Tom Beaudoin is lecturing this week at two conferences in the Netherlands devoted to Dr. Beaudoin's research about religious practice in contemporary culture. The conferences are organized around Dr. Beaudoin's book, Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian (Orbis, 2008). 

He will respond to presenters at a conference on dispossession at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology in Tilburg, and then he will lecture and respond to presenters at a conference on dispossession at Windesheim University in Zwolle. While in the Netherlands, he will also be meeting with pastoral leaders and academic theologians about theology and ministry in contemporary culture. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Loyola Chair Lecture - April 2nd - Free and Open to the public: Liturgical Reform and the Public Role of the Catholic Church: The Legacy of Vatican II" with Fr. John Baldovin, SJ

Dean C. Colt Anderson on "Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola: Two Ways of Reforming"

Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola: Two Ways of Reforming

C. Colt Anderson, Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education presented at the GSRRE conference:  Franciscans, Jesuits and a New Pope:  Medieval Lessons for Modern Reform on March 14th and 15th.  The author of Great Catholic Reformers(2007), Dean Anderson spoke about "Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola:  Two Ways of Reforming" as part of the conference connecting Jesuit and Franciscan charisms and efforts at reform.

GSRRE Conference on Franciscan, Jesuits and Pope Francis - Theologian Details How Catholic Church Might be Reformed Under New Pope

Theologian Details How Catholic Church Might be Reformed Under New Pope

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Massimo Faggioli
Photo by Dana MaxsonMarch 17, 2014

The election of Pope Francis last year represents an opportunity for the church to finally fulfill the goals of Vatican II and become a truly global church, a leading theologian told a group of religious leaders on Friday, March 14.

Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, delivered Pope Francis and Vatican II: Past, Present, Future at Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus.

His talk was the keynote address of Franciscans, Jesuits, and a New Pope: Medieval Lessons for Modern Reform, a two-day conference sponsored by the Graduate School of Religion and Religions Education (GRE) and Paulist Press.

To illustrate how Francis, who was elevated from cardinal and archbishop of Buenos Aires to the papacy on March 13, 2013, has the potential to institute real reform, Faggioli delved into history as far back as 1868, when Pope Pius IX convened the first Vatican Council.

Faggioli (who along with his wife, Sarah Christopher Faggioli, Ph.D., translated the Pope’s first interview with America Magazine) said that Pope Francis represents a new beginning for the church, as he “looks to the rest of the world with different eyes than those of an Italian, Polish, or German pope.”

This is key, he said, because the pontificates of the last 70 years have all been defined in different measures by historical-theological debates related to Vatican councils. From Pius XII’s failure to reconvene Vatican I, to Benedict XVI, who he called the most important theological “reviewer” of the council and its interpretations, the heads of the church have all been consumed by struggles of the different factions within it.

 “Since he was ordained a priest in 1969, Pope Francis [halts] this line of popes who were biographically involved in Vatican II,” Faggioli said.

“The Argentine Jesuit Bergoglio perceives the Vatican as a matter that should not be reinterpreted, but implemented.”
During the pontificate of John Paul II, he noted, Vatican II became interpreted through a “political-cultural filter” that was broken down into four trends by Peter Steinfels, former co-director of Fordham’s Center for Religion and Culture, in his book A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (New York, 2003).

- A tragic mistake or heresy
-A victim of erroneous and biased interpretations
-A necessary moment of change, reform, and reconciliation between the church and the modern world
-A betrayed revolution

These interpretations lead to the politicization of factions within the church that are consistent with cultures of the Western Hemisphere. Because Francis hails from outside these traditions, Faggioli said he has the potential to effect great change.

“The change of pontificate between Benedict XVI and Pope Francis means a change of paradigm in the way the church frames the idea of reform in connection with the different interpretations of Vatican II,” he said.

“Political-ideological interpretations of Vatican II will linger for sure, but the balance has shifted towards a more theological and less ideological debate.”

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

Workshop: Contemplative Practice and Healing: Insights on Neuroplasticity for Spiritual Care

Workshop: Contemplative Practice and Healing: Insights on Neuroplasticity for Spiritual Care

Drs. Bingaman, Cataldo and Werdel presented and led panels at today's workshop on contemplative practice and healing.  The workshop provided an understanding of how the findings on neuroplasticity can be applied to the work of pastoral and spiritual care, helping those in care experience less fearful and anxious perspectives on life.  The event was sponsored by the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  This is the second highly successful conference between GSRRE and NACC.

Dr. Dennis McAuliffe, Bryn Mawr University 
Dr. Kirk Bingaman, Fordham University 
Dr. Lisa Cataldo, Fordham University 
Dr. Mary Beth Werdel, Fordham University

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Join us as we prepare for the Summer 2014 semester at GSRRE - we will have one week intensive and online courses in all academic areas available this Summer.  Syllabi and full schedule are available now at  Registration opens April 7th, Admission is open now.

New book, by GSRRE alumnus Ivan Kaszczak

Father Ivan Kaszczak, Ph.D.(GSRRE) recently published a new book entitled Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky and the Establishment of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States.  The book is available from the Basilian Press.