CHICAGO – A diverse
group of Catholic scholars from around the world are slated to speak at DePaul
University’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology in the
coming months about issues ranging from democracy to peace and marriage. Events
include a panel on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love), a
discussion of the legacy of the Berrigan brothers, and an international conference
reflecting on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its lingering impact
on Asia, Latin America and Africa. Events are free and open to the public.
Coming Down to Earth: Doing Fieldwork in
Feb. 23, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N.
Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
Lecture 6-8 p.m.
Virginia R. Azcuy, a professor of
theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, uses
ethnographic methods including real-life, in-depth interviews and personal
observation to make the academic world of theology more human and accessible. She
will explain how this type of fieldwork helps theologians understand the unique
faith and life experiences of different Christian communities. Her work
includes observation at a parish in Rosario, Argentina, where thousands flock
to experience the powerful blessings of Fr. Ignacio Peries, the “cura sanador” —
the healing priest.
Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents’
March 8, John
T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 300
Book discussion 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Editors and theologians
Michael Schuck and John Crowley-Buck will discuss the three years of research
in Indonesia, Lithuania, Peru and the U.S. that culminated in the publication
of a book of essays. “Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four
how each of these nations have experienced times of political, social and
religious oppression, oscillating between periods of liberation, tolerance and
religious freedom. Schuck is associate professor of
theology at Loyola University Chicago and co-director of the International
Jesuit Ecology Project; Crowley-Buck
is a doctoral candidate in theology at Loyola.
Love, Joy and Sex: Reflections
on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” in a Divided Church
March 30, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield
Ave., Room 314B
Panel discussion 5:30-8 p.m.
Love, joy and sex all play a part in “Amoris
Laetitia,” the apostolic exhortation on love in the family that Pope
Francis released in 2016. On its one-year anniversary, this roundtable will explore
what it all means, especially for lay and clergy Catholics in the global South
— Asia, Africa and Latin America. Panelists are:
- Carolyn Chau, associate director of the
Center for Advanced Research on Catholic Thought at King’s University College
at Western University.
Nicholaus Segeja, head of the pastoral theology
department at Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Delgado, associate professor and chair of the religious studies department
at Iona College.
Catholic Radicalism in the Age of Trump
April 5, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N.
Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
Lecture 6-8 p.m.
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote "It Can't Happen Here," a cautionary look at how fascism could take hold in America. Eighty years later, following Donald Trump's election, some pundits claim that it has happened, or is starting to happen, or could happen. But Michael Baxter, former Catholic Peace Fellowship director, contends that some of the dangerous aspects of today's political scene have been underway for decades. He looks to Catholic radicalism as a response, exploring its tradition through authors like Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and Alasdair MacIntyre.
World Catholicism Week 2017
Gathered in My Name: Ecumenism and the World Church
April 28-30, Lincoln Park Student Center,
2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg,
Germany, sparking the Reformation. Now, 500 years later, Stan Chu Ilo, an assistant
professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul, will join speakers
from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka to address
the Reformation’s lingering repercussions in the global South and efforts there
to bridge ecclesial divides. Keynote speakers will be Paul D. Murray, a member
of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and editor of “Receptive
Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning;” Sister Teresa Okure, SHJC, the
sole representative of Catholic Africa on the Anglican-Roman Catholic
International Commission; and the Rev. Felix Wilfred, president of “Concilium:
International Journal of Theology” and chief editor of the “International
Journal of Asian Christianity.”
Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology seeks to be at the
forefront of the discussion about the relationship between globalization and
the Catholic Church's future as a truly worldwide Church. For more information
Note: An earlier version of this story listed a different topic for the April 5 event.
Kristin Claes Mathews