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Ex Corde Ecclesiae Conference at AMU

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ex Corde Ecclesiae Conference

Ave Maria University

February 6-7, 2014


Thursday, February 6, 5:00 PM

Prof. Russell Hittinger:

“Catholic Discourses and Natural Law:

the Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger”

 

Friday, February 7, 12:00 PM

Prof. Stephen Barr

“Natural Science and Catholicism”

 

Friday, February 7, 5:00 PM

Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC:


This Conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of Ave Maria University in Florida, founded in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  The seal of the University is inscribed with this title of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution.  It begins: “Born from the heart of the Church, a Catholic University is within a tradition traced back to the very origin of the University as an institution.”  He then quotes Pope Alexander IV’s letter to the University of Paris in April of 1255, exhorting them to a common love of learning and joy in the truth.

The first lecture is by Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa.  Ex Corde Ecclesiae repeatedly calls for the development of sound moral judgments and actions by all involved in a Catholic University (#5, 7, 18, 20, etc).  Fundamental to such moral education is the Catholic tradition of the natural law.  Therefore the opening lecture of the Conference is on “Catholic Discourses and Natural Law: The Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger.”  

Another theme of the Apostolic Constitution is the importance of doing the sciences in accord with the common good (# 7, 16-18, 29-31, etc.).  Thus the second lecture is by Stephen Barr, the Professor of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware.  He will lecture on “Natural Science and Catholicism”.  

A Catholic University should also encourage learning to promote social justice and service “especially to the poor" (# 34, 4, 32, 40, Norm 7, 2).  The third lecture is by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., the promoter of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization, who will speak on “Mother Teresa: A Rich Resource for Contemporary Theology.”