Catholic Theological
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Paul Crowley

08/08/2020 8:16 AM | Dr. Phyllis Zagano

Here is Paul speaking on the mystery of suffering:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjSi3B2nXQ

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  • 08/08/2020 9:30 AM | Rosemary P. Carbine
    I first met Paul as we journeyed on an Ignatian pilgrimage in Spain and Italy sponsored by College of the Holy Cross. We continued to meet at CTSA, other conferences, and other venues where we shared theological views and offered each other constructive feedback. His ability to take joy from all aspects of his life, expressed by his hearty laugh, impressed me, along with his keen theological acumen. I continue to count on Paul among so many other liberationist theologians in the communion of saints, resting in peace but rising in power and striving to bend the arc of the universe toward justice for all humanity and the earth.
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    • 08/17/2020 10:42 AM | James B. Nickoloff
      "Resting in peace but rising in power"--beautiful image, Rosemary, and very appropriate.
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  • 08/17/2020 10:40 AM | James B. Nickoloff
    I knew dear Paul for many years, but we really got to know each other during the year I spent at Santa Clara on a fellowship in 2008-2009. Paul was chair of the Religious Studies Department at the time and made me feel completely at home.

    Many people have described Paul as a holy person, which without a doubt he was. But he was holy, I believe, because he was comfortable with his own HUMANITY. In a word, Paul was free of fear. And this in turn meant he was unafraid of others’ humanity. As Department chair, Paul lent full support to the research project I was working on that year and the public lecture I delivered based on that research (“’Intrinsically Disordered’: Gay People and the Holiness of the Church”). Paul himself had challenged official (and fearful) Church teaching on this subject with erudition, wisdom, and courage in his important essay published in Theological Studies back in 2004 (“Homosexuality and the Counsel of the Cross”).

    Paul and I shared some wonderful times over the ensuing years; it is always good to be in the presence of a free person! I treasure the memory of unhurried dinners, breathtaking opera performances, but also my time “with” him even when I was a continent away, reading his published words. I’m grateful we can still do this.
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