Lecture explores Catholic intellectual tradition

first_imgDespite major Church setbacks in recent years, Catholic intellectual tradition is still alive and well in the contemporary world, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, former co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University said. She discussed this tradition, which she defined as the interplay of human intellect and spirituality through history, in a lecture titled “Perspectives on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” Saint Mary’s College’s spring lecture series, “Mind, Body, Spirit: Connected,” Tuesday night. Steinfels said the fallout of the major sex abuse allegations in the early 2000s was a significant problem for the Church. “The scandal reported in January of 2002 about the Boston Catholic Church covering up sexual abuse by Church leaders was a pivotal moment for our Church,” Steinfels said. “This crisis affected every part of the Catholic community. The robust confidence in our Church as a whole has fallen several notches because of this.” Steinfels said this crisis and other issues created ambiguity about the strength of Church authority, the intellectual tradition and its interplay with social justice. “This tradition is both decisive and expansive,” Steinfels said. “Catholics have gone from [the tradition] being a structured phenomenon to something that can no longer be pinned down decisively. However, Catholics do have a rich selection of people to cite when we think about Catholic intellectual tradition and social justice. This selection spans decades and continents. “ In order to engage the Catholic intellectual tradition, Steinfels said Catholics must look to future progress. “Catholics needs to scan the horizon and argue the world,” Steinfels said. “We need to place emphasis on the notion that Catholic intellectual tradition looks not only to the past, but to the present and the future.” In order to actively participate in this tradition, Steinfels said Church members must seize the label “intellectual” as a badge of honor. “Intellectuals are often found in public forums. They are agonistic,” Steinfels said. “Intellectuals argue on different sides of large and important subjects.” She said intellectuals are the ones who pass down and reinvent tradition, and that this intellectual tradition will play into how future generations relate to the Catholic faith. “Tradition defined as something that is passed down implies that we always thought or acted in such a way, “Steinfels said. “If we really do what tradition asks we must acknowledge that each generation asks different questions and faces different challenges. Tradition may be a given that we hold near, but it is also invented.” Steinfels said Catholic intellectual tradition is especially important in today’s world, with its strong emphasis on empirical evidence. “There is more to the world we see through microscopes and telescopes,” Steinfels said. “Our Church’s tradition allows us to contest ideas and worldviews. This tradition allows us to create conversation that works to criticize and understand what we see around us.” “Empirical findings enrich the understanding of a human person, but they are not the end-all, be-all. Aspects of the human person cannot be explained scientifically,” she said. “If the scientific context of truth is not questioned then we will forever be living in a society where human life and human action are reduced.” Steinfels stressed the importance of the Church sharing this tradition with the public. “Some people wish for religion to be confined to private life. I believe it is a loss to the whole society when any religion is confined to the private life,” Steinfels said. “Catholics have a tradition that takes philosophy and philosophical thought seriously. These thoughts should be open for public discussion and do have an influence on policies and other matters of public life.”last_img read more

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ND alum founds new bus company

first_imgChristopher Cali, a 2014 alum and current graduate student of Notre Dame, recently started a company called Better Cheaper Bus LLC, which offers affordable transportation for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to both the O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.“Final steps with the University are being taken to have the buses use McKenna Hall as a departure point,” Cali said.Better Cheaper Bus identifies as a third party transportation provider with the central goal of making transportation more efficient as well as more affordable to students. Cali said the idea came to him when one of his friends experienced frustration with the transportation to Midwestern airports.“My friend, Rory Dunne, took a trip back home to Ireland, and [when he] came back here, [he] had a 5-hour layover using the current transportation service,” Cali said.Cali said it was his friend’s personal inconvenience that helped him to conceive the idea of Better Cheaper Bus. Dunne gave him the inspiration to start forming this small company within a short time frame.“It was the week before Thanksgiving … that we started talking about it,” Cali said. “Through interviews with students, we got a lot of good feedback to make it more efficient.”Cali said aside from benefitting students, Better Cheaper Bus also benefits the South Bend community by donating 20 percent of its profits to the South Bend Center for the Homeless.“When we were thinking about the business, we realized it typically fell around certain holidays,” Cali said. “We figured that we talk a lot about social responsibility, and the Center came up in our minds really quickly.”This donation is the reason behind the business’ slogan, “Ride With a Cause.” The money donated to the South Bend Center for the Homeless will help to finance the holiday dinners during the Christmas season.“Starting a business isn’t easy, and we’re learning a ton,” Cali said. “We circumvented difficulties by getting the word out early, talking to students and creating a “Request Time” button on our website.”Cali said the input of students is crucial to the entire entrepreneurial process and led to the “Request Time” button and student interviews. Through student feedback, Better Cheaper Bus could decide which times of year service would assist students the most.“We’re thinking of running it during Christmas … spring break and at the end of spring semester,” Cali said.Better Cheaper Bus aims to provide a more efficient option for transportation, and Cali also hopes to make the students’ experiences more comfortable and enjoyable.“We’re offering WiFi; we have phone chargers on board and hopefully a DVD player. All the while, you’re donating 20 percent of what you spend to charity,” Cali said. “It’s a simple way to give back without necessarily lifting a finger.”Tags: affordable transportation, better cheaper bus, better cheaper bus LLC, christopher cali, LLC, midway, oharelast_img read more

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Man Accused of Assaulting Child in Broward Could Be in PBC

first_imgFlorentin may also be headed to his native country, Guatemala, in order to avoid prosecution. Officials say he is known to cross the southern U.S. border.Anyone who sees Florentin is advised not to approach him due to his violent nature, but to call the nearest law enforcement agency.Those with information on his whereabouts are also asked to call Detective Mitter of the Coral Springs Police Department Special Victims Unit at (954) 346-1300. Authorities need your help to locate a 36-year-old man who is on the run after being accused of sexually assaulting a child in Coral Springs.They believe he could be hiding in Palm Beach County.Coral Springs Police charged Andres Tomas-Juan Florentin with four counts of sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment following his February 28 arrest. His bond amount was lowered, and he was placed on an ankle monitor pending trial.On June 12, Florentin cut off his ankle monitor and went disappeared. Police say he could be hiding in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade counties.Andres Florentin was arrested in CS for the sexual assault of a minor child on 2/28/19. On 6/12, he cut off his ankle monitor and absconded. He may be hiding in the tri-county area. If you have info, please call CSPD at (954) 346-1300. Learn more: https://t.co/MQgMR3gliW pic.twitter.com/pIxTGNb3Cs— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) June 27, 2019last_img read more

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