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 All discourse on the CTSA blog, whether in blog postings or in comments posted by CTSA members, must abide by the standards of professional conduct and constructive criticism expressed in the "CTSA Statement on Professional Behavior" approved by the Board of Directors on June 7, 2018.  The CTSA Blog Committee reserves the right to edit or delete any language proposed for posting or posted on the CTSA blog website.  All postings by CTSA members must be germane to the blog discussion.  Comments submitted as alternate blog discussions will be removed, as will spam, links to websites, petitions, and advertising.



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  • 10/10/2019 8:41 AM | Anonymous

     The CTSA awarded the Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) at Loyola University Chicago a grant to meet with Auxiliary Bishop Ron Hicks.  On September 26, IPS faculty and staff members Michael Canaris, David Dault, Timone Davis, Peter Jones, Heidi Russell, Bill Schmidt, Nathaniel Samuel,  Deborah Watson, and John Fontana along with Bishop Hicks discussed  Synodality in the life and mission of the Churcha study by the International Theological Commission, that serves in an advisory capacity to the Pope and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on current relevant topics.

    Bishop Hicks, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, previously served as regional director at an orphanage in El Salvador between 2005 and 2009, and for that reason IPS chose to enjoy Salvadorian food (including the local staple — pupusas!) for this meeting.  The bishop was also at one time Dean of Formation for St. Joseph College Seminary in its earlier iteration as an academic unit at Loyola.

    The conversation included an ongoing commitment to mutual active listening by those seeking to live in the community of the faith at all levels.  Both Bishop Hicks and the IPS professors commented on how modeling such behavior is an important antidote to the tribalism and silos of our day.  Oscar Romero was frequently invoked in the discussions.

    As the convener of the session, long stand CTSA member Michael Canaris expressed his gratitude for the project.  “It came up in my colleagues’ comments that we are in an anomalous historical and political situation where an outside grant is sometimes necessary to spur dialogue in some places between Catholic higher education and local ordinaries.  We are thankfully in a much healthier context here in Chicago, where Bishop Hicks, Cardinal Cupich, and the wider archdiocesan apparatus are largely supportive of the work in which we are engaged in forming lay leaders and advocates for social justice here at Loyola in general, and in the IPS in particular.  However, I remain thankful for this CTSA initiative which enabled us to deepen these relationships and plan for future collaboration and mutual support.  We will be following up with our local leaders when we host some events at the USCCB meetings alongside them this November, as is our recent tradition here.”

    The above text was copied and edited from IPS's blog http://blogs.luc.edu/ips/lunch-with-auxiliary-bishop-ron-hicks/

    More information about the grant initiative can be found here: https://ctsa-online.org/TheologicalGroupDiscussions



  • 10/07/2019 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Text provided in full by Duggan's Serra Mortuary 
    https://www.duggans-serra.com/obituary/Cardinal-William-J.-Levada/Menlo-Park-CA/1859290

    Cardinal William. J. Levada, Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco passed away in Rome at age 83. Born in Long Beach, CA on June 15, 1936, William Levada was the younger of two children born to Joseph and Lorraine [Nunez] Levada. William was predeceased by his sister, Dolores in 2007. He is survived by his nieces Julianne Bancroft and Stephanie Herrera and their families. His great-grandparents had immigrated to Northern California from Portugal and Ireland seventy years earlier, and his parents had moved to Southern California from Martinez just months before his birth. Bill attended St. Anthony High School in Long Beach with George Niederauer, and was accepted for college studies at Saint John Seminary in Camarillo. He completed his major seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on December 20, 1961.

    After his ordination, Fr. Levada was assigned to St. Monica’s Church in Santa Monica. He returned to Rome after several years to complete a graduate degree in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian University, earning his doctorate in 1971. He he served as a staff official under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican agency charged with protecting and promoting the Church’s teachings on faith and morals. He also taught at the Gregorian University, and served on the faculty of the Pontifical North American College.

    In 1982, he was called back to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Cardinal Timothy Manning, and took up an assignment as Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference. He also taught at St. John’s Seminary School of Theology in Camarillo, and was the first Director of Continuing Education for the Clergy there. He was named Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles on March 25, 1983 by Pope John Paul II, and his episcopal ordination followed on May 12. After serving for three years in that capacity, he received word from the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, then-Archbishop PioLaghi, that he had been named Archbishop of Portland by Pope John Paul II. During his years in Oregon, he focused on vocations to the priesthood, and on improvements to the seminary at Mount Angel, where he taught ecclesiology. While in Portland, he was appointed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger as one of six bishops (and the only American bishop) to an editorial board tasked with preparing the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. The catechism was published in 1993. (He was also the author of its glossary, published in the second English edition.)

    In 1995, Archbishop Levada was appointed Archbishop of San Francisco. In addition to his responsibilities in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, he served on many committees of the USCCB. In 1997 he participated in the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops and was later appointed a member of the post-synodal council. In 2000 he was appointed bishop co-president of the Anglican-Catholic Dialogue of the United States of America (ARC-USA). While in San Francisco, he was also a bishop-member of the CDF. In 2002, he was named a member of the US-Vatican Commission that made final revisions to Norms outlining a strict policy on sexual abuse of minors, and providing for the removal from ministry or laicization of priests. In 2003 he organized the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Several years later, with his support, the former parish of St. Francis of Assisi was reopened as the National Shrine of St. Francis, including the Porziuncola chapel.

    In 2005, newly elected Pope Benedict XVI granted Archbishop Levada a private audience, and shortly thereafter, on May 13, 2005, named the Archbishop as his successor as Prefect of the CDF. The Archbishop was the first American to lead that congregation, and the highest-ranking American ever at the Vatican. Pope Benedict elevated him to Cardinal in the Consistory that took place March 24, 2006. Cardinal Levada served in Rome as Prefect for seven years, with responsibility for overseeing the Vatican’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse of minors, and responsibility for the implementation of reforms for handling serious canonical offenses.

    Bishop Steven Lopes,the aide to the Cardinal in Rome, stated, “The Cardinal’s work as Prefect of the Congregation was a continuation of his life-long passion for the communion of the Church. Having served long years as a diocesan bishop, he never lost sight of the essential pastoral dimension of his own vocation and the mission of the Congregation in service to the People of God.”

    Cardinal Levada also served as president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the International Theological Commission. He retired October 23, 2012. The Cardinal interacted regularly with seminarians and faculty members while living at Saint Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, and continued to celebrate Masses, particularly Confirmation liturgies, and undertake other sacramental ministry throughout the Archdiocese and beyond as his schedule and health allowed. But he returned to Rome frequently to participate as a member of several Holy See commissions and committees. In 2013, he participated in the Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis I. The Cardinal said he was impressed by the Pope’s, “…reminders to the Church and the world about the poor; people who are easily forgotten or put aside out of our mind and vision.”

    In a telegram to Archbishop Cordileone last week, the Pope offered his heartfelt condolences, and recalled with “immense gratitude the late Cardinal’s years of priestly and episcopal ministry among Christ’s flock in Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco, his singular contributions to catechesis, education and administration, and his distinguished service to the Apostolic See.”

    Friends may visit on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 pm, with a Vigil, Evening Prayer, at 7:00 pm, both at Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco.

    On Thursday, October 24, 2019, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am at Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. Doors open for the public at 9:30 am.

    Parking will not be available at the Cathedral for the Funeral Mass.

    Committal will take place at a later time at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma.

    Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord
    and let light perpetual shine upon him.
    May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed
    through the mercy of God,
    rest in peace.


  • 10/04/2019 7:34 AM | Anonymous

    (Text in full from Jesuits U.S.A. Midwest Providence
     https://jesuitsmidwest.org/news-detail?TN=NEWS-20190211110402MIDWESTPROV)

    In Memoriam: Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ

    February 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ, who died at 7:47 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.

    Phil was born on April 27, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. He entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1964, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on March 19, 1972, at St. Thomas More Church in Chicago. He pronounced final vows on January 1, 1989.

    Before entering the Society, Phil graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1956). He also earned a bachelor's degree in Latin, Greek, and philosophy from Xavier University in Cincinnati (1960) and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Chicago (1963). While in the Society, Phil earned a master's degree in theology from the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois (1973) and a doctorate in moral theology from Catholic University in Washington D.C. (1983).

    During regency, Phil taught U.S. History and English at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He taught theology and worked in campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago for one year after his ordination before beginning doctoral studies. After earning his doctorate in moral theology, he returned to Loyola University Chicago for 11 years where he taught law and moral theology while working as a chaplain in the School of Law (1983-1994). During this time, he was also superior of the Ignatius House Jesuit Community on Albion Street in Chicago (1986-1992).

    After a sabbatical, Phil moved completely into pastoral ministry. For a year he was a spiritual director and administrative assistant for development at the Heartland Center in Hammond, Indiana (1995-1996), before becoming an associate pastor at St. Constance Parish in Chicago (1996-1999). In 1999, Phil moved to St. Eugene Parish in Chicago and spent the rest of his life there as an associate pastor (1999-2008) and a priest in residence (2008-2019).

    Phil is proceeded in death by his brother, Fr. Robert I. Grib, SJ (PAT), who spent over 30 years as a missionary in India. Phil was an excellent musician and clarinet player. In 2004, Phil, his brother Bob (on drums), and some friends started a polka band, "The Brighton Park Connection." The group brought much joy—and opportunities for dance—to many people in Chicago as they played at different polish events and gatherings. They also released an album entitled "Introducing Chicago's Brighton Park Connection." For a while, Phil served as the chaplain for the International Polka Society. Because of his great love of music, Phil would attend the symphony whenever possible. 

    Phil was a kind and empathetic man and a very devoted friend. These qualities helped him to be beloved by the parishioners he ministered to (especially at St. Eugene's Parish) and by the priests and staff he worked with. Although he was incredibly gracious and kindhearted, the lawyer in Phil would often come out during discussions and he would argue a point or push those in the discussion for the logic or the "truth" behind a statement. But throughout these discussions, he maintained an attitude of kindness and respect regardless of the topic.

    February 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ, who died at 7:47 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.

    Phil was born on April 27, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. He entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1964, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on March 19, 1972, at St. Thomas More Church in Chicago. He pronounced final vows on January 1, 1989.

    Before entering the Society, Phil graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1956). He also earned a bachelor's degree in Latin, Greek, and philosophy from Xavier University in Cincinnati (1960) and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Chicago (1963). While in the Society, Phil earned a master's degree in theology from the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois (1973) and a doctorate in moral theology from Catholic University in Washington D.C. (1983).

    During regency, Phil taught U.S. History and English at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He taught theology and worked in campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago for one year after his ordination before beginning doctoral studies. After earning his doctorate in moral theology, he returned to Loyola University Chicago for 11 years where he taught law and moral theology while working as a chaplain in the School of Law (1983-1994). During this time, he was also superior of the Ignatius House Jesuit Community on Albion Street in Chicago (1986-1992).

    After a sabbatical, Phil moved completely into pastoral ministry. For a year he was a spiritual director and administrative assistant for development at the Heartland Center in Hammond, Indiana (1995-1996), before becoming an associate pastor at St. Constance Parish in Chicago (1996-1999). In 1999, Phil moved to St. Eugene Parish in Chicago and spent the rest of his life there as an associate pastor (1999-2008) and a priest in residence (2008-2019).

    Phil is proceeded in death by his brother, Fr. Robert I. Grib, SJ (PAT), who spent over 30 years as a missionary in India. Phil was an excellent musician and clarinet player. In 2004, Phil, his brother Bob (on drums), and some friends started a polka band, "The Brighton Park Connection." The group brought much joy—and opportunities for dance—to many people in Chicago as they played at different polish events and gatherings. They also released an album entitled "Introducing Chicago's Brighton Park Connection." For a while, Phil served as the chaplain for the International Polka Society. Because of his great love of music, Phil would attend the symphony whenever possible. 

    Phil was a kind and empathetic man and a very devoted friend. These qualities helped him to be beloved by the parishioners he ministered to (especially at St. Eugene's Parish) and by the priests and staff he worked with. Although he was incredibly gracious and kindhearted, the lawyer in Phil would often come out during discussions and he would argue a point or push those in the discussion for the logic or the "truth" behind a statement. But throughout these discussions, he maintained an attitude of kindness and respect regardless of the topic.

    Eternal rest, grand unto Philip, O Lord
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.

    May he rest in peace Amen.

    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


  • 09/25/2019 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that the CTSA announces the death of long-standing CTSA member Gerard Mannion, Chair in Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University and a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, who passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

    Gerard Mannion was the founding chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and president of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology (2017-Present). He was published widely in the fields of ecclesiology, ethics, and public theology, as well as in other fields of systematic theology and philosophy. His numerous books include Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism: Evangelii Gaudium and the Papal Agenda (2017), Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century (ed., 2015), and The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (2008, ed. with Lewis Mudge). He was also editor of the Bloomsbury Publishing series "Ecclesiological Investigations" and series editor, with Oxford University’s Mark Chapman, of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” series.

    Gerard Mannion came to Georgetown from the University of San Diego, where he was professor of theology and director of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. He previously held academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Leeds, Liverpool and Leuven (Belgium). He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Tübingen, the Dominican Institute of Theology/St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto and Chichester University. 

    Gerard Mannion received a B.A. from King’s College at Cambridge University, followed by a M.St. and a D.Phil. from New College at Oxford University.

    We keep Gerard, his family and friends, and all of Georgetown in our thoughts and prayers.  

    Eternal rest grant to Gerard, O Lord;
    and let
     light perpetual shine upon him. 
    May his soul, and the souls 
    of all the faithful departed,
     
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    Note:  Text provided courtesy of Georgetown University


  • 09/04/2019 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA recently added a link to the National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) Digital Collection on its Links of Interest page found at https://ctsa-online.org/LinksOfInterest/.  The NINS’ collection offers the largest and most comprehensive digital archive of Newman-related works in the world.  The digital collections provides access to more than 200,000+ digitalized images of Newman’s handwritten papers and over 5,000 books and article published by or about him.

    Other links available on this website page are links to ACHTUS, the ARR, The Black Catholic Theological Symposium, CTEWC, the European Society of Catholic Theology, the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, the Jesuit Online Bibliography, the Karl Rahner Society, the PANAAWTM, the PSR, and the SCE.


  • 08/28/2019 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    Commonweal is offering free bulk copies of our October Theology Issue. It's in Commonweal's new, redesigned monthly format and will have more articles, reviews, and opinions than ever.

    • David Tracy of the University of Chicago (in an exclusive interview with Ken Woodward) reflects on his work and the current state of Catholic theology
    • Editor at large Mollie Wilson O'Reilly reviews Kathleen Sprows Cummings's A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American
    • Contributing writer and Villanova theologian Massimo Faggioli recalls Italian priest and politician Luigi Sturzo, and his continuing relevance to how Catholics see democracy
    • Meghan J. Clark of St. John's University reviews Kathryn Tanner's Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism
    • Gregory K. Hillis of Bellarmine University writes about Fr. August Thompson, an African American priest who was one of the church's most important civil-rights leaders
    • Catholic University's David Cloutier on what Catholic social teaching implies for policies on paid family leave
    • Eileen Markey on the changing relationship between church and state in Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua
    • An exclusive excerpt from Austin Ivereigh's new Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church
    • All Commonweal's other regular features and columns

    Educators can request up to 250 free copies of this issue at: http://cwlmag.org/bulkcopiesThe deadline for requests is Thursday, September 12.

    - and –

    Commonweal also continues to offer free one-year Commonweal subscriptions to students (undergraduate or graduate) as well as to anyone who has finished a degree program in the past three years. We encourage professors to circulate this link to all their students: http://cwlmag.org/freestudent.


  • 08/26/2019 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    In an email today, Rev. Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton's former secretary emailed the CTSA to let us know that he died in February of 2019. May he rest in peace!  We share this news for your prayers and request you take a moment to reflect and comment on how his life and work influenced you.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him. 
    May he rest in peace.

    “'It’s our obligation as citizens and certainly as Catholics even more so to contribute to the common good of society,' [Rev. Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton] said, 'to support those measures, policies and laws which enhance our society, which defend and uphold the dignity of the human person, and to oppose those things which we are convinced are harmful to ourselves and to the future of our society.'

    Msgr. Hamilton said he has always encouraged his parishioners and Catholics everywhere to be active in the political process.

    'Not simply through Letters to the Editor, but through belonging to organizations, political parties, above all by voting,' he said. 'Not to be a slouch in that regard but to do our best for the common good.'" [Rev. Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton as reported by Mary Farrow, Catholic News Agency, Mar. 1, 2015,  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/why-this-priest-has-spent-50-years-fighting-with-the-new-york-times-55876].

    Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=daniel-s-hamilton&pid=191612954


  • 08/23/2019 7:05 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA's 75th annual convention's call for papers ends on 9/1/19, with the exception of Selected Sessions.  Selected Sessions proposals are accepted until October 1.  

    For members who are not familiar with Selected Sessions, these sessions provide the opportunity for a member to develop and submit a proposal for the CTSA Program Committee's consideration.  The due date is set for October 1, to provide time for a member, whose paper was not accepted by a consultation or topic session to develop a proposed session.  It  also provides the opportunity for a member to develop and submit a proposal on a particular topic that may not have a home in the current convention structure or theme.

    Further information about submitting a proposal for a selected session is available at:

    https://ctsa-online.org/SelectSessions

    https://ctsa-online.org/SupportVideos

    If you have any questions about a selected session, please place your question in the comment section of this blog post.  (Log in with your member # and email address to post.)  

    Career opportunity postings from this week:

    President, The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies
    University of South California

    Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
    Department of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

    See https://ctsa-online.org/CareerOpportunities

    Congratulations to Kevin Brown, the CTSA Proceedings Editor, for his work on the 2019 e-Proceedings (Vol. 74), which is now available online at  https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ctsa/issue/archive.




  • 08/12/2019 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Reflecting back on last week website posts, I wish to bring to your attention the following highlights in case you missed the postings.

    The CTSA's own Call for Papers will close on September 1.  If you have not submitted a proposal, please consider doing so.  See https://ctsa-online.org/CFP


  • 07/25/2019 4:18 PM | Anonymous

     Fr. Michael Buckley, SJ, died at 6:10 this morning, July 25, 2019. May he rest in peace!  We share this news for your prayers and request you take a moment to reflect and comment on how his life and work influenced you.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him. 
    May he rest in peace.


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