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The Catholic intellectual tradition
Does human existence have an ultimate meaning and purpose?” The Catholic intellectual tradition (CIT) “is an attempt to respond to that question,” Fr. Robert Imbelli, a former associate professor of theology at Boston College, notes in the introduction to The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, a new DVD from the Church in the 21st Century Center. Released in July, the video features five-minute reflections from eight current and former faculty in the departments of theology and philosophy, the Law School, and the Connell School of Nursing, and from a recent graduate’s perspective.
Among the themes:
• “Open to All Truth,” an overview of the “constructive engagement with other religious traditions” that emerged out of Vatican II, provided by professor of comparative theology Catherine Cornille.
• “The Law of Social Justice,” an account by Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau of how the combination of faith and reason promotes justice for all. “In the Catholic tradition there are some critical and core values,” he notes. “We can only fully realize what God intends for us—what our human possibilities are—in community with others.”
• “The Sacramental Principle,” in which professor of systemic theology Fr. Michael Himes relates the rigor and grounding of the CIT to “Catholic insistence on the principle of sacramentality,” or outward signs of God’s grace. “We believe that to see anything is to see grace.” Thus, “we have to attend to what is in front of us.”
A 20-page guide with discussion questions accompanies the video.
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition DVD may be ordered for free by emailing email@example.com.
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