In today’s edition of The Catholic Thing, Dr. Eduardo J. Echeverria authors an article on Pope Francis and proselytism. He begins…
In a recent interview arranged by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, prior to the trip to Sweden for an ecumenical gathering anticipating next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis expressed something that he has voiced several times during his pontificate: “to proselytize in the ecclesial field is a sin.” He added: “Proselytism is a sinful attitude.”
This is strong language and deserves careful attention, because many think the pope is saying the Catholic Church should no longer evangelize other Christians. That’s a large question that would take extensive treatment. Here, I’m going to limit myself to the “ecclesial field,” in the pope’s phrase, of ecumenical dialogue. Unfortunately, Francis did not define what he means by proselytizing, and did not distinguish it from evangelizing. He simply states that proselytism as such is a sin. But he doesn’t tell us why. Nor does he distinguish between unethical and ethical means of proselytizing. Read the entire article »
Lectio author and noted eschatologist Peter C. Phan will present at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Diego on Friday, November 21, 2014. Peter will address the “unpublished last chapter” of Raimon Panikkar’s The Rhythm of Being (2010). The presentation will give an overview of Panikkar’s thought on the three themes of “Eschatology,” the Being of Time,” and “the Time of Being” and will explore the reasons why he finds the text as its stands unsatisfactory and whether his apology for taking twenty years to come to the admission of his inability to write anything on eschatological matters is justified.
The presentation is part of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy session in P21.203 from 2 – 6 pm. Professor Phan will have on hand copies of his newest book published by Lectio Publishing, Living Into Death, Dying Into Life: A Christian Theology of Death and Life Eternal available now.
Information about the AAR 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego can be found on their website.
Lectio Publishing’s founder/principal, author, and former CTA President, Brennan R. Hill will attend and exhibit at the College Theology Society’s (CTS) annual meeting at Saint Vincent College May 29-June 1 and the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) convention June 5-8. We hope to attend the American Academy of Religion (AAR) meeting November 22-25, but this is a “big” convention-like meeting, and we’re still a “small” indie-like publisher. If we make San Diego, it will be our first trifecta as a new academic publisher.
Please accept our most cordial invitation to stop by our table in the exhibitor hall to say hello to Brennan and consider one of our three titles for your personal library or classroom.
Religion Today: An Integral Approach
From the phenomenon of individuals becoming “spiritual but not religious” to multiple religions’ views on homosexuality, Dr. Brennan R. Hill uses multiple perspectives to look at how religion relates to today’s society.
Sacramental Theology: 50 Years After Vatican II
On the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) renowned Franciscan theologian Kenan B. Osborne applies pristine logic to systematically demonstrate how Council changes in church theology consequently reconstruct sacramental theology in both meaning and celebration.