Lecture Series: A Focus on Catholic Social Teaching

The new year is a good time to recommit ourselves to building a just society and living lives of holiness amid the challenges of modern society. The seven themes of Catholic social teaching provide a model for us: life and dignity of the person; call to family, community and 7 hands freepixparticipation; rights and responsibilities; option for the poor and vulnerable; dignity of work and rights of the worker; solidarity; and care for creation. These themes will form the basis for our upcoming Adult Faith Formation Lecture Series.

All sessions will begin at 10:10 a.m. in Trinity Hall.
Parking is available at Visitation. No registration is required. All are welcome.

Sunday, February 5 — Introduction to Moral Theology in the Catholic Tradition
St. Irenaeus once said that God is glorified in the fully alive human being. The journey toward fullness of life, however, is marked by grace and sin, by virtue and vice, and by conversion and hard-heartedness. Right judgments of conscience foster human flourishing; wrong ones impede it.

Fr. Kevin O’Neil, a Redemptorist priest, examines some of these fundamental concepts in Catholic moral theology with a view toward understanding the responsible use of freedom empowered by the grace of God.

Sunday, February 12 — Bioethical Challenges
New technologies and fundamental changes in the way we perceive basic human realities, fertility, conception and birth, death and dying, are dramatically altering the way we are born, live and die. Carol Taylor, Ph.D., RN explores some of the ethical issues surrounding these changes.

Dr. Taylor is a founding member and previous director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and professor in the Department of Medicine and in the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University. Experienced in caring for chronically and critically ill patients and their families, she now works closely with health care professionals who are exploring the ethical dimensions of their practice.

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Sunday, February 19  — Who Are We Executing and Incarcerating in this Country?
Demonstrations and media attention surrounding the events and judicial proceedings have turned the spotlight onto longstanding questions about policing, criminal justice, prisons, race, poverty and human redemption. These questions call for informed analysis and open-minded discussion, and we look to the Church for a faithful response.

Karen Clifton is the Executive Director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) to End the Death Penalty. CMN seeks to apply the Church’s teaching on the dignity of human life in the areas of capital punishment and restorative justice. Dr. Hannah Walker is a postdoctoral fellow with the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University, working to bring together leading scholars, practitioners and students to examine the problem of mass incarceration from multiple perspectives.

Sunday, February 26  — Calling Catholics to Care for Creation: Some Whys and Hows
Pope Francis addressed his 2015 encyclical on caring for our common home to “every person living on this planet,” but did all of us really take his words to heart? Why should Catholics care about environmental matters and what should our response be?

Catholic social teaching has engrained in us a need to care for people, but in this presentation, William Dinges, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, will explain how social justice extends to environmental welfare as well.

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Sunday, March 5 –Does Corporate America Listen to the Expectations/ Concerns Held by the Folks that Own the Company?

The presentation by Keith T. Vernon, Esq., explores how to make your voice heard by Corporate America and offers best practices for impacting Corporate America’s business decisions on issues critical to people and the planet.