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April 14, 2016:

Catholic Theological Union's On Care for Our Common Home series gives insight into Laudato Si' through select passages that illuminate Pope Francis' encyclical addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future. The series features reflections by faculty of Catholic Theological Union, and can be used by parish groups or discussion gatherings or for personal reflection. 

Please click here to download the accompanying study guide.

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Catholic Theological Union's On Care for Our Common Home series gives insight into Laudato Si' through select passages that illuminate Pope Francis' encyclical addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future. The series features reflections by faculty of Catholic Theological Union, and can be used by parish groups or discussion gatherings or for personal reflection. 

Please click here to download the accompanying study guide.

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November 7, 2013:

 “The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of the whole of the church’s mission.”

“Mission is finding out where the Spirit at work, and joining in.”
 

These two lines are from two of the most revered religious leaders of our time. The first was written by John Paul II in his landmark encyclical “The Mission of the Redeemer.” The second is from a speech to evangelical Anglicans by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. [1]

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March 1, 2013:

What if we woke up one morning and discovered that the Second Vatican Council had never happened? We would discover that a place like Catholic Theological Union would not exist, that there would be little or no lay ministry in the Church, that we would have no liturgy in our own language; that there would be little or no reading of the Bible, that most people would still believe that there is no salvation outside the Church. In his talk, Fr. Bevans will offer his reflections as a kind of thought experiment.

 

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August 28, 2011:

What does it mean to be Catholic? Is it about loyalty to the pope? To bishops? To particular doctrines like Mary’s Immaculate Conception or Transubstantiation? While these things certainly are a part of Catholic faith, what this lecture will suggest is that being Catholic rests ultimately on something much more foundational. This is the principle of “sacramentality,” the conviction that what we know and experience in our everyday lives gives us a glimpse of what God is really like.

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