Theology Program Presents ‘Controversy in the Church’ Series

10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Through Nov. 12 | Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The faculty of the University of Saint Mary department of theology, philosophy & pastoral ministry present Controversy in the Church, a weekly lecture series exploring topics from women’s role in the Catholic Church to immigration. The ongoing series begins Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 12, with all lectures held at the Parish Hall of Guardian Angels Catholic Church at 1310 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Mo.

Tickets to attend the entire series cost $60. Contact Dr. Amanda Quantz, chair of USM’s department of theology, philosophy & pastoral ministry, at 913-758-6158 or [email protected] to purchase tickets or for more information.

“The Theology and Philosophy Faculty want to demystify hot-button ethical and theological issues that affect the daily life of the church,” Dr. Quantz said. “These issues include immigration, food justice, excommunication, and medical decision-making.”

A full listing of the lectures is as follows. All talks are scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Oct. 15 — Theologians and Bishops: Dialogue and Disillusionment with Dr. Brian W. Hughes, USM associate professor of theology. The historical relationship between Catholic bishops and theologians has been one of cooperation, tension, and at times, antipathy. This session explores some historical events and contemporary controversies to better understand the major fault lines in the contemporary church.

  • Oct. 22 — Catholic Women Deacons: Restoring an Ancient Rite for the 21st Century with Dr. Amanda Quantz. There’s ample evidence in early Christian documents that Catholic women were ordained as deacons. They had an official role equal to that of men in the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. This session will examine those early sources and explore the real possibility that Pope Francis will revive the early Church’s practice of ordaining women as deacons.

  • Oct. 29 — Convictions and Controversies: What Would Jesus Do? with Sister Char White, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Immigration, abortion, excommunication: why can’t others see what is so clearly right? What shapes the American Catholic ethic? What is the trajectory of a moral life? This session will take a practical look at these questions.

  • Nov. 5 — Immigration: Catholic Perspectives and Challenges with USM Professor Emeritus Dr. Bob Schimoler. Exploring the controversy concerning immigration policy from the perspective of theories of social justice and political theory, relevant documents of the Catholic Church, and the history of current immigration policy.

  • Nov. 12 — Christ and Kielbasa: What Would Jesus Eat? With Dr. Scott O’Leary. Is it ethical to eat meat? Is factory farming compatible with Catholic social teaching and Christian compassion? This session will focus on several contemporary issues that 21st century Americans face in the food choices they make.

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