USML | March 18, 2013


March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

Dr. Denis McNamara, Assistant Director of The Liturgical Institute, traveled to Providence College where he gave two lectures on Church Architecture to undergraduates studying Theology and Western Civilization.

Meyer Lecture Series - This week, Mundelein Seminary concluded its six year series on the Second Vatican Council with the 2013 Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series on Religious Freedom. The Meyer Lecturer was Paula Stannard, former deputy general counsel and acting general counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services now counsel at Alston and Bird LLP in Washington D.C. Ms. Stannard delivered two lectures: “Our First Freedom: An Exploration of the Constitutional and Statutory Protection of Religious Liberty and Conscience” and “Religious Liberty, Conscience and Health Care: A Case Study of Two Administrations’ Implementation of the Public Health Services Act.” Additional presentations on the theme of Religious Liberty were offered by two Mundelein professors of systematic theology, Fr. Lawrence Hennessey, whose paper was titled: “John Courtney Murray’s Defense of Religious Liberty” and Fr. Thomas A. Baima who presented, “The Relationship of Natural Law to a Catholic Understanding of Religious Freedom.” The lectures will be published in our journal Chicago Studies.

Community Activities

Father Thomas Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, did interviews on the election of Pope Francis for the Archdiocesan Office of Media Relations with WGN News at Nine, the Chicago Tribune and the local affiliates of CBS and ABC. Sister Alicia Torres was interviewed by WGN News at Nine on the new Pope, her vocation and on women in the Church today. We thank them for bringing a positive message about Catholicism to these media audiences.

Earlier in the week, Fr. Thomas Baima delivered a lecture to the Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue in Chicago on “The New Teaching on Contempt” which explored some parallels between classical anti-Semitism and more recent expressions of anti-Catholicism and Islamophobia. The Catholic-Jewish Scholars is an official dialogue of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

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