Wednesday, April 02, 2008

New Article in Homiletics and Pastoral Review

Here is a summary from their web page:
GREAT CATHOLIC WRITERS…The twentieth century was graced with many outstanding Catholic writers like Chesterton, Belloc, Ronald Knox, Flannery O’Connor and Tolkien, to name just a few. There was an immense flowering of Catholic writers between 1920 and 1960—roughly from World War I to Vatican II. What is it that makes a truly Catholic writer? In this issue Dr. Robert F. Gotcher asks that question and also gives an answer. According to his analysis, a truly great Catholic writer must be immersed in the following: 1) Scripture, 2) Latin, 3) St. Thomas Aquinas, 4) liturgy, and 5) two thousand years of Catholic cultural history. In addition the great writers, for the most part, had a personal devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, since she is the perfect model of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Monday, March 31, 2008

St. John's Institute for Catholic Thought

At the University of Illinois, associated with the Newman Center.

Did you know about this? I didn't. I wonder if they have any openings.

Mission Statement
With an emphasis on the trinitarian and liturgical structure of creation, the St. John Institute of Catholic Thought School of Theology provides rigorous and comprehensive formation in Catholic theology.

School Objectives
The School of Theology seeks to imbue the student with a robust knowledge of the Catholic intellectual tradition. It endeavors to develop in the student an integrated view of knowledge in general and Catholic theology in particular. It attempts to develop the intellectual skills needed to understand and articulate the harmony between faith and reason. Finally, it works to develop critical thinking skills in each student.