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Catholic high school teachers debunk science vs. religion myth

June 11, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Word of Life mural

Science and religion teachers from Catholic high schools nationwide are meeting at the University of Notre Dame June 14-19 (Sunday-Friday) to debunk the notion that their academic disciplines contradict each other.

The week-long seminar, titled Science and Religion: Strangers, Rivals, or Partners in the Search for Truth? and hosted by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL), has attracted some 90 Catholic high school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and religion from 23 dioceses from across the country. Read More

Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine 'holy light' on climate change

June 10, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world. Read More

Brother Guy Consolmagno, 'Pope’s astronomer,' to speak at Notre Dame

June 02, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., astronomer and president of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on his career in science and faith at 7 p.m. June 16 (Tuesday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.

Brother Consolmagno’s lecture, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” will concern this and similar questions addressed to him in emails and letters he receives in the course of his work. Read More

Institute for Church Life to Host Interdisciplinary Conference on Creation

June 02, 2015Brett Robinson

More than twenty internationally-recognized theologians will discuss the doctrine of creation ‘out of nothing’ at a conference entitled, “Creation ‘Out of Nothing’: Origins and Contemporary Significance” July 5-8, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame.

Scholars from Biblical Studies, Church History, Jewish Theology and Theology and Science will present work that examines the philosophical and scriptural roots of the classic doctrine of creation ‘out of nothing.’ The conference seeks to understand more fully what the doctrine might mean in a modern context. Read More