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  • 10/07/2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    "Keeping Scientifically Informed: A Duty for Theologians and the Church Magisterium"

    by Jame Schaefer, Marquette University

    Designee of the CTSA Workshop of the Committee on Doctrine
    with the Learned Societies Laudato Si':
    Science, Responsibility, and Solidarity. 
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (March 11, 2021).

    CTSA member Jame Schaefer would enjoy any comments and questions--especially regarding her three recommendations to the Committee on Doctrine (p. 184).  A link to the paper she presented follows along with the three recommendations to the Committee on Doctrine.  Join the conversation!

    Click here to access Jame Schaefer's paper (pdf)

    1. Become an advocate for the quest for scientific information--encourage and affirm the quest for knowledge about God's creation.  In this role, you are not confirming scientific findings because confirming them does not fall within your purview.  Instead you are confirming the search for scientific knowledge that may help you teach about our faith in cogent, meaningful ways.
    2. Establish a scientific panel to (i) alert you to scientific findings, (ii) meet periodically on issues at the boundaries of doctrine/faith and science, and (iii) provide scientific clarity that can inform magisterial discourse.  To identify scientists who are eminently qualified to serve, consider asking the American Association for the Advancement of Science to request its Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion to recommend highly qualified scientist for you to invite.
    3. Initiate within your seminaries and in continuing education of priests opportunities to become informed by the natural sciences and to probe their significance for preaching and teaching our faith in ways that make sense to an increasingly educated "people in the pews." Our priests need basic scientific knowledge about God's creation.  Our priests need to be ecologically informed so they can help the faithful discern how to respond morally to human-forced climate change and other complex issues.

  • 09/29/2021 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    The Reverend John J. Connelly passed into the hands of God after he had served for seventy-one years as a priest. He was 98 at this time of his death on June 28th, 2021.

    Son of the late John J. and Helen (Murphy) Connelly and brother of the late Mary Margaret Connelly and Helen Connelly, Fr. Connelly, a Boston native, attended Boston Latin School and Boston College before entering the U.S. Army in 1943, serving until 1945. He was ordained from St. John’s Seminary by Cardinal Richard Cushing in 1950. He then earned a Doctorate in Theology from The Gregorian University in Rome. He served on the St. John’s Seminary faculty for 26 years, followed by 30 years as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Center. Since 2013 he had been serving as a Priest in Residence at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellesley. 

    Text from Rev. Connelly's obituary posted by Eaton Funeral Home.  Accessed on 9/29/21 at <>.

  • 09/27/2021 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Wabash Center announces four faculty workshop opportunities for 2022. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2022.

    For more information see:

  • 09/27/2021 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    On Friday, September 24, 2021, the Catholic Bishops of Canada released a statement of apology to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land. The following link provides the full text.

  • 08/16/2021 10:36 AM | Anonymous

  • 08/06/2021 7:21 AM | Anonymous

    Deadline for proposals, October 1, 2021

    Conference dates: March 3–5, 2022

    Conference website:

    Conference venue: Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

    Individual papers, research posters, panels, and lecture recitals on any topic related to music and the study of Christianity are welcome. We invite submissions representing a variety of approaches and perspectives, including ethnomusicology, historical musicology, theory and analysis, philosophy, theology, liturgy, congregational music, as well as other methodologies.

    SCSM encourages submissions from current graduate students. A $250 prize will be awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2022 meeting.

    Please visit the conference website for proposal details. Please send submissions or questions to Marcell Steuernagel, program committee chair, at

    Note: We are planning on an in-person meeting, with the possibility of limited online offerings. When submitting a proposal, please indicate whether you intend to present in person or via online. If circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic require it, we will transition to a fully online format. Regardless, all conference participants need to be available during the days of the conference for synchronous sessions.

  • 07/19/2021 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    CTSA member Phyllis Zagano's presentation at the CTSA 2021 Convention's Practical Theology Topic Session - Church Work was recently published at

    View the document in PDF here.

  • 07/15/2021 2:48 PM | Elissa Cutter

    Hello colleagues,

    I am one of the co-editors for the blog WIT: Women in Theology, which was started by some of our fellow CTSA members when they were graduate students. It has since expanded and one of the things that we regularly do now is to include guest posts. We accept posts from both established academics and graduate students. Any submitted posts will get reviewed by members of our executive board, who will work with you on any necessary edits and/or formatting for the blog.

    The information about how to submit guest posts can be found here: We are an ecumenical Christian blog, so please share the information with your colleagues and graduate students.

    Thank you!

    Elissa Cutter, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Theology
    Georgian Court University
    Co-Editor of WIT: Women in Theology

  • 07/08/2021 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    Please find below a link to the letter from the new Board of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology (INSeCT) written by Ruben Mendoza, President.

    5 July 2021 INSeCT Letter to Member Societies

  • 07/07/2021 5:06 PM | Elizabeth Groppe

    The Catholic-Mennonite "Bridgefolk" ecumenical initiative will host an online conference August 13-14, 2021 on the theme "Called Together to Face Racial Injustice: Starting Close In." 

    Speakers include Diana Hayes, Laurie Cassidy, and Steve Heinrichs.

    For more information and to register, click HERE

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