Dr. Stephen Sammut: Neuroscience and Faith

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Dr. Stephen Sammut, Associate Professor of Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “Neuroscience and Faith.” Dr. Sammut’s talk was part of the Science and Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Fr. Michael Dodds, OP: Galileo, Darwin, and the “War” Between Science and Religion

Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, delivers his talk entitled “Galileo, Darwin, and the “War” Between Science and Religion: Some (Catholic) Rules of Engagement.” Fr. Dodds’ talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series and the Science & Faith Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Fidelity and Freedom Series Panel: The Dialogue of Faith and Reason

The Fidelity and Freedom Series focused on the Dialogue of Faith and Reason concluded with a panel discussion with the four main presenters: Fr. James J Conn, SJ, Sr. Susan K. Wood, SCL, Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, and Msgr. James Patrick Shea.

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Msgr. James Patrick Shea: The Dialogue of Faith and Reason

Msgr. James Patrick Shea, President of the University of Mary, delivers his address on the Dialogue of Faith and Reason. Msgr. Shea’s talk was part of the Fidelity and Freedom Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Michael Healy, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, provided a response.

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Bishop Mark Bartchak: The Dialogue of Faith and Reason

The Most Reverend Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, delivers his address on the Dialogue of Faith and Reason. Bishop Bartchak’s talk was part of the Fidelity and Freedom Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Alan Schreck, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, provided a response.

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Fr. James J. Conn, SJ: The Dialogue of Faith and Reason

Fr. James J. Conn, SJ, Professor of Canon Law at Boston College, delivers his address on the Dialogue of Faith and Reason. Fr. Conn’s talk was part of the Fidelity and Freedom Series, a series of talks celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Fr. Timothy Harris, TOR, of Franciscan University of Steubenville, provided a response.

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Sr. Susan K. Wood, SCL: The Dialogue of Faith and Reason

Sr. Susan K. Wood, SCL, Theology Department Chair at Marquette University, describes her view of the relationship between faith and reason. Sr. Wood’s talk was part of the Fidelity and Freedom Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

A response was delivered by Dr. Mike Sirilla, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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Steve Ray — Why Faith and Reason?

Steve Ray, Pilgrimage Guide and Conference Speaker at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Host of the “Footprints of God” video series, and author of “Crossing the Tiber”, describes why both Faith and Reason are necessary.

Marcus Grodi — Why We Need Faith

Marcus Grodi, President of the Coming Home Network and Host of EWTN’s “The Journey Home”, discusses Faith as trust.

Dr. John Bergsma — “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Reformation”

Dr. John Bergsma, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Senior Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, discusses how the Dead Sea Scrolls help refute one of Martin Luther’s most controversial claims.

Dr. Paul Vitz — Uniting Faith & Psychology

Dr. Paul Vitz, Senior Scholar and Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences and author of “Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism”, discusses the relationship between Psychology and Christian Faith.

Patrick Madrid — The Need for Faith

Patrick Madrid, EWTN Radio host and author of “The Godless Delusion”, talks about the need for faith as a very basic human need.

The Christmas Miracle

I picture him as a tall Texan, his outsize appearance easily eclipsing everything in sight, save only the immense shrine that he and a busload of tourists have come to Rome to see.  And then, throwing up his hand at the end of an exhausting exploration of the world’s most beautiful basilica, I hear him asking the expert guide the one thing he’s come all this way to know:

How much does it weigh?

I love that story.  In fact, I imagine him wandering endlessly about the Eternal City in witless search of answers to all sorts of endearingly absurd questions.  The Coliseum, for instance, about which he would surely want to know, “Why wasn’t it finished?”  Or the Pantheon, whose opening in the ceiling would have utterly mystified him.  “What’s the point of a dome unless you’re going to close the freaking thing?”

As a species of reductionism, however, revealing the mindset of a man for whom the merit of anything can best be measured by the ton, it is priceless.  One thinks of C.S. Lewis skewering that fellow in one of his books because, in surveying the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, he can only imagine it as raw material for cornering the salt market.  Reductionism, as someone once said, is the sin of seeing the pearl as the oyster’s mistake.

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Rocco Buttiglione — A Note on Phenomenology

Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of Political Science at Saint Pius V University, gives a brief definition of phenomenology in this excerpt from his talk, “Beyond Descartes: Intersubjectivity as Ground of Knowledge of the Self”.  Mr. Buttiglione’s talk was part of the Annual Edith Stein Lecture Series, sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. D. Paul Sullins—Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research

Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Associate Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research”.  Fr. Sullins’ talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Maggie Gallagher—Marriages: The Challenges Ahead

Maggie Gallagher, author of the book “Debating Same-Sex Marriage”, discusses the challenges facing the defense of traditional marriage in this excerpt from her talk entitled “Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead”.  Ms. Gallagher’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Maggie Gallagher—Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead

Maggie Gallagher, author of the book “Debating Same-Sex Marriage”, delivers her talk entitled “Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead”.  Ms. Gallagher’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Karen Wood — America’s Obsession with Youth

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, discusses American’s obsession with youth in this excerpt from her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Karen Wood — The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, delivers her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

John Garvey — John Henry Newman and Catholic Education

John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, delivers his talk, “John Henry Newman and Catholic Education”.  Mr. Garvey’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey — Liquid Modernity: A Result of Increasing Rates of Societal Change

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey, Professor of Sociology at Alverno College, discusses nnn in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture.”  Dr. Sharkey’s lecture was a part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey — Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey, Professor of Sociology at Alverno College, delivers his talk entitled “Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture.”  Dr. Sharkey’s lecture was a part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Dr. John Haldane — Challenges to Finding a Common Human Experience

Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, discusses the difficulties people have in agreeing on the existence of a common human experience in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Three Perspectives on Human Life”.  Dr. Haldane’s lecture was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. John Haldane — Three Perspectives on Human Life

Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, delivers his talk entitled “Three Perspectives on Human Life”.  Dr. Haldane’s lecture was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Richard Fehring — Motivation and Technology Impacting NFP

Dr. Richard Fehring, Research Director and Professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, discusses the effects of motivation on the effectiveness of NFP and the use of technology to increase awareness of NFP in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning.”  Dr. Fehring’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Dr. Richard Fehring — Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning

Dr. Richard Fehring, Research Director and Professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, delivers his talk entitled “Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning.”  Dr. Fehring’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Inaugural Symposium Faculty RoundTable Discussion

This Faculty RoundTable Discussion was a part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

Dr. Michael J. Healy — The Value of Time

Dr. Michael J. Healy, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses Søren Kierkegaard’s view of time in this excerpt from his talk “Time and Oughtness in Kierkegaard.”  Dr. Healy’s talk was part of the “Philosophical Legacy of Søren Kierkegaard Lecture Series”.

Dr. Michael J. Healy — Time and Oughtness in Kierkegaard

Dr. Michael J. Healy, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk “Time and Oughtness in Kierkegaard.”  Dr. Healy’s talk was part of the Philosophical Legacy of Søren Kierkegaard Lecture Series.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan — The Personal Emphasis in Lumen Gentium

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America, discusses Lumen Gentium’s focus on Personhood in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II.”  Msgr. McPartlan’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan — Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II.”  Msgr. McPartlan’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II.

Teresa Collett, JD — Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, delivers her talk entitled “Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law.” Ms. Collett’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Peter Ryan — Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, delivers his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”. Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

John Paul II’s 1983 Visit to Poland: Anniversary Reflections

It was sixty years ago that the Hungarian émigré historian, John Lukacs, published his first book, The Great Powers and Eastern Europe, a masterful treatment of the subject, whose conclusion, including an elegy on the lost world he left behind, has haunted me for years.   Surveying the wreckage of that shattered and divided world, he declared that “only the magnetic force of a rejuvenated, remade, and truly united Western Europe, one that has recovered the erstwhile spiritual greatness of that Christian continent, can eventually develop enough attraction to penetrate the steely barriers separating the West from Eastern Europe’s modern police state.”

That was written in 1953, beneath the cloudless skies of the Eisenhower years, which means that thirty-five more years would need to elapse before the world could witness the final and conclusive collapse of the Soviet Empire in Europe.  It all started a quarter century ago, in other words, beginning with the so-called Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in November of 1989, which smashed the fist of the single-party Communist state, leaving the rest of us, especially those smugly ensconced amid the flesh pots of the capitalist West, in a state of stunned surprise.

How, we asked ourselves, could a people divided for more than forty years by such a massive and impregnable symbol of Soviet sanctioned oppression as the Iron Curtain, come suddenly together in spontaneous and joyous fashion to dance atop the ruins of the Berlin Wall?

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Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR — The Works of Mercy and St. Francis

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Co-Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, discusses the Franciscan charism of performing works of mercy, in this excerpt from his talk entitled “What to Do When Jesus is Hungry”.  Fr. Apostoli’s talk was part of the Missionary Outreach Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR — What to Do When Jesus Is Hungry

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Co-Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, delivers his talk entitled “What to Do When Jesus is Hungry”.  Fr. Apostoli’s talk was part of the Missionary Outreach Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. James Coyle — Saints, Sinners, and Social Media

Dr. James Coyle, Professor of Communication Arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “Saints, Sinners, and Social Media.”  Dr. Coyle’s talk was part of the Veritas Lecture Series.

Teresa Collett, JD — The Comstock Laws and Humanae Vitae

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, discusses the 1873 Comstock Act in this excerpt from her talk entitled “Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law.”  Ms. Collett’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ — Karol Wojtyla’s Role in Humanae Vitae

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, discusses the pivotal role played by a Polish Cardinal in the formation of the document in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”.  Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Teresa Collett, JD — Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, delivers her talk entitled “Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law.”  Ms. Collett’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ — Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, delivers his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”.  Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The New Evangelization and Franciscan University

Dr. Scott Hahn, The Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk, “The New Evangelization and Franciscan University,” as the final event celebrating the inauguration of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR as sixth president of Franciscan University.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The Comparison of Vatican I and II

Dr. Scott Hahn, The Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, compares Vatican I and II in this excerpt from his talk, “The New Evangelization and Franciscan University.”  Dr. Hahn’s talk was the final event in the celebration of the inauguration of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, sixth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR — A Presidential Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, contributes his talk, “A Presidential Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization,” to the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR — The Qualities of the New Evangelization

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses some important properties of the New Evangelization in this excerpt from his talk, “A Presidential Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.”  Fr. Sean’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

Bishop Jeffrey Montforton — A Shepherd’s Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton, bishop of Steubenville, opens the Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization with his talk: “A Shepherd’s Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.”  The symposium was part of the celebration of the Inauguration of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, as sixth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Bishop Jeffrey Montforton — The Holy Spirit as the Source of the New Evangelization

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton, bishop of Steubenville, credits the Holy Spirit as being the font of the New Evangelization in this excerpt from his talk: “A Shepherd’s Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.” Bishop Monforton’s talk was the first of the symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization. The symposium was part of the series of events to celebrate the inauguration of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, as sixth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Tom Morrow — Christian Courtship in an Over-Sexed World

Fr. Tom Morrow, author of the book “Christian Courtship in an Over-Sexed World”, delivers a talk on the subject of living chastity before marriage.  Fr. Tom’s talk was part of the Veritas Lecture Series.

Fr. Tom Morrow — The Language of Affection

Fr. Tom Morrow, author of “Christian Courtship in an Over-Sexed World”, discusses the language of affection in this excerpt from his talk on the subject of living chastity before marriage.  Fr. Tom’s talk was part of the Veritas Lecture Series.

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR — Athletic Commissioning Homily

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his homily at the annual Athletic Commissioning Mass. The Mass is offered up for all of the athletes, coaches, and support staff that participate in Franciscan University’s NCAA Division III athletic programs.

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