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A new consideration of human dignity

February 27, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life

Philip Sloan, professor emeritus in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, is speaking to a lecture hall full of undergraduate students about what it means to be a human being and what that means for the sciences.

A philosopher and historian of science, Sloan emphasizes that the concept of human dignity, the insistence that a human being is literally invaluable, is not only central to the social teaching of Roman Catholicism, but emerges from a philosophical tradition with ancient and pre-Christian Greek and Roman roots. It is a concern not only of the church, but of the United Nations, whose Millennium Declaration acknowledges “a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level.” Read More

A new journal for the New Evangelization

February 21, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization

The “New Evangelization” of the Catholic Church, a term often used by Blessed Pope John Paul II to describe and inspire efforts to reawaken the faith in nominally Christian parts of the world, was used again last week in Rome by the newly created Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, in an address to his new colleagues.

At the University of Notre Dame, a new online publication, “Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization” is intended both to celebrate and invigorate Catholic life and mission by exploring aspects of its theology, liturgy, teaching, community and prayer. Read More

Conference offers contemporary stories of holiness

February 01, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Stories of Practical Holiness: An Exercise in Interreligious Understanding

A conference at the University of Notre Dame next week (Feb. 5 to 8) will bring together Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Buddhists for four days to tell the stories of particularly admirable men and women from their respective faiths and traditions.

Stories of Practical Holiness: An Exercise in Interreligious Understanding,” convened by the Institute for Church Life (ICL), will include accounts of martyred Trappist monks; of the asceticism and enlightenment of Dharma masters, Buddhist nuns and Sikh luminaries; of reconciling Israeli Jews and dispossessed Palestinians; and of a contemporary Muslim religious healer. Read More