Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ: The Jesuit Hermeneutic of Pope Francis

Pope Francis has his own style and form of writing, and he’s got a purpose. Why did Pope Francis choose these particular encyclicals letters? Why these particular contents? Why address these particular groups that he is inviting into a Church they may have previously written off?

In this talk entitled “The Jesuit Hermeneutic of Pope Francis: Go In Their Door So They Will Come Out of Yours,” Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Founder of the Magis Institute for Reason and Faith, lays out the fourfold method of Pope Francis’ writings and explains how they relate to the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit theme of “The Magis.” Fr. Spitzer’s talk was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Alan Schreck: St. Francis and Pope Francis: Comparing Their Vision

Pope Francis choose to honor St. Francis with his papal name stating, “He is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.”

Dr. Alan Schreck, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, examines the parallels between St. Francis and Pope Francis in the areas of mercy, marriage and family, creation, and evangelization in his talk entitled “St. Francis and Pope Francis: Comparing Their Vision.” Dr. Schreck examines these themes more fully in his book St. Francis and Pope Francis: Prayer, Poverty, and Joy in Jesus. His talk was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Josephine Lombardi: Mercy and Beyond: Becoming Experts in Humanity

Pope St. John Paul II once declared, “Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I consider this message [of Divine Mercy] my special task.” Pope Francis has also brought an urgency to spreading the message of mercy to his papacy and is bringing this message to the world in his own way.

Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology, Professor of Field Education, and Director of Lay Formation for St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario, develops three key features of Pope Francis’ program of Life: therapeutic jurisprudence, the Marian dimension, and an interdisciplinary approach to human formation. Her talk entitled “Mercy and Beyond: Becoming Experts in Humanity” was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Eduardo Echeverria: The Semantics of Vatican II Theology

Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, discusses some important semantic distinctions made by John XXIII during his opening address of the Second Vatican Council. His talk, entitled, “Unity and Diversity in Post-Vatican II Theology: Pope Francis’ Perspective”, was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Alan Schreck—St. Francis and Pope Francis: Prayer, Poverty, and Joy

Dr. Alan Schreck, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “St. Francis and Pope Francis: Prayer, Poverty, and Joy.” Dr. Schreck’s talk was sponsored by the Theology Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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For more on this topic, refer to Dr. Alan Schreck’s book: “St. Francis and Pope Francis: Prayer, Poverty, and Joy”, published by Our Sunday Visitor.

Bishop Mark Bartchak — Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching

Most Reverend Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, delivers his talk entitled “Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching: Principles, Spirituality, and Action.” Bishop Bartchak’s talk was given at the invitation of Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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