The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine will meet with the nation’s theological societies, March 16, in Washington at The Catholic University of America.
The goals of the meeting includes developing relationships among the academic societies and with U.S. bishops and exploring current theological issues, said Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Societies to be represented at the meeting include the Catholic Theological Society of America, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academy of Catholic Theology, College Theology Society, Black Catholic Theological Symposium, and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S.
The day-long meeting will include three sessions. Each will start with short presentations by a member of the Doctrine Committee and a scholar from one of the societies. Their task will be to enumerate the principal matters at stake and identify topics for conversation to provide a starting point for the discussion. Scholars from the academic societies will facilitate the discussion following each session.
Bishop presenters will include Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, S.T.D., speaking on the relationship between catechesis and theology in a university setting in light of the New Evangelization. The respondent will be Aurelie Hangstrom, Ph.D., of Providence College, representing the Catholic Theological Society of America.
The second speaker is Bishop John O. Barres, Diocese of Allentown, S.T.D.,speaking on the role of a Catholic university or college in the promotion of the New Evangelization. Respondent will be Brian Benestad, Ph.D, University of Scranton, representing the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
The third speaker is Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Ph.D, S.T.L. of Detroit, speaking on the intellectual, theological, and moral needs of contemporary undergraduates in the age of the New Evangelization. Respondents will be James Keating, Ph.D., Providence College, representing the Academy of Catholic Theology, and Sandra Yocum, PhD, University of Dayton, representing the College Theology Society.
A report on the proceedings will be published after the meeting.
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