Dr. Ralph Martin: Pope Francis, Mercy, and Evangelization

What is Pope Francis’ contribution to this magisterial tradition on evangelization? Where does Pope Francis’ theme of mercy fit in his teaching on evangelization?

Dr. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries and Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, looks at Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium to answer these questions in his talk entitled “Pope Francis, Mercy, and Evangelization.” Dr. Martin’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. 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. Eduardo Echeverria on Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium

Is it possible to affirm a single truth within a plurality of expressions? What is the relationship between doctrinal truth and pastoral practice?

Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Professor of Theology and Philopsophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, shows how Pope Francis, following Vatican II and St. Vincent of Lerins, views pastoral practice within the framework of development of doctrine. This talk is based on his 2015 book entitled, “Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II”.

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George Weigel — Evangelical Catholicism and Higher Education

George Weigel, papal biographer and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, delivers his talk, “Evangelical Catholicism and Catholic Higher Education”. Mr. Weigel’s talk was a part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Gerard V. Bradley — The Culture of Religious Liberty

Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame School of Law, delivers his talk entitled “The Culture of Religious Liberty”.  Professor Bradley’s talk was part of the Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Joseph Lienhard, SJ — Faith of Our Fathers: The Fathers of the Church at Vatican II

Fr. Joseph Lienhard, SJ, Professor of Theology at Fordham University, delivers his talk entitled “Faith of Our Fathers: The Fathers of the Church at Vatican II”. Fr. Lienhard’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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.

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.

Dr. John Crosby — The Universality of Incarnational Humanism

Dr. John Crosby, Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses the universality of incarnational humanism in this excerpt from his talk entitled “The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II” delivered at the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. John Crosby — The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II

Dr. John Crosby, Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II” at the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Alan Schreck — Vatican II: The Crisis and the Promise

Dr. Alan Schreck, Professor of Theology and Church History at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses the Second Vatican Council and its legacy of evangelization versus mere inter-religious dialogue. Dr. Schreck recently published a book on the Council, “Vatican II: The Crisis and the Promise.”

The Varied Legacy of John Paul II

George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the two-part biography of Blessed John Paul II Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning, spoke on “The Achievement of John Paul II–A Retrospective” at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speaker series in spring semester 2011.  In this talk, Weigel examines the massive legacy of Pope John Paul II and highlights ten major contributions made by the late Holy Father to the Church and to the world.  “The papacy was not a role John Paul II sought,” said Weigel, “but it is a role he fulfilled in a striking way for 26 and a half years and fulfilled as a continuation, as an expression of the defining commitment of his life, which was to be a Christian disciple.”

Dr. Scott Hahn — Faith and Hope are Distinct

Dr. Scott Hahn, the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, spoke to Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2010 Defending the Faith Conference “Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind.”  In his talk, “Should Catholics Have Assurance of Salvation?”, he explains the distinction between the belief that “once saved, always saved,” and the Catholic belief that followers of Christ may have the “assurance of hope.”  “Despair is like an act of spiritual suicide,” explained Hahn.  “You are never beyond the saving reach of God’s all-powerful mercy.  His love and his capacity to save us is always greater than our capacity to sin, if only we turn and repent.”

The Reconstitution of the Papacy

George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the two part biography of Blessed John Paul II Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning, spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speaker series in spring semester 2011.  In this talk, ” The Achievement of John Paul II–A Retrospective”,  Weigel examines the massive legacy of Pope John Paul II and highlights ten major contributions made by the late Holy Father to the Church and to the world.  “The papacy was not a role John Paul II sought,” said Weigel, “but it is a role he fulfilled in a striking way for 26 and a half years and fulfilled as a continuation, as an expression of the defining commitment of his life, which was to be a Christian disciple.”

Dr. Scott Hahn — Holding on to Hope

Dr. Scott Hahn, the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair in Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, spoke to Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2010 Defending the Faith Conference “Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind.” In his talk, “Should Catholics Have Assurance of Salvation?”, he explains the distinction between the belief that “once saved, always saved,” and the Catholic belief that followers of Christ may have the “assurance of hope.” “Despair is like an act of spiritual suicide,” explained Hahn. “You are never beyond the saving reach of God’s all-powerful mercy. His love and his capacity to save us is always greater than our capacity to sin, if only we turn and repent.”

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