News & EventsCardinal Schönborn on the Synod
“I am confident there will be no change in Doctrine,” says Cardinal Schönborn to the National Catholic Register. Cardinal Schönborn had an interview with Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register during the Napa Institute conference. Be sure to read about the interview... [Read more...]Flannery O’Connor and Catholic realism
By George Weigel From this vale of tears, one can never be sure about the boundaries of acceptable behavior at the Throne of Grace. Is laughter at earthly foibles permitted? Encouraged? I like to think so. Which inclines me to believe that, this past June 3, Miss Mary Flannery O’Connor of Milledgeville,... [Read more...]Now, the Kasper theory of democracy?
The Catholic Difference By George Weigel A few weeks ago, after Ireland voted to approve so-called “same-sex marriage,” a correspondent sent me an e-mail quoting Cardinal Walter Kasper’s comment on the result: “A democratic state has the duty to respect the will of the people,... [Read more...]Dr. Scott Hahn
Dr. Scott Hahn is presenting on, “Marriage, Family and the New Evangelization” on July 30th at 1:40 – 2:20 p.m. Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their fifth grandchild. An exceptionally popular... [Read more...]Tim Gray, Ph.D.
Dr. Timothy Gray is presenting on, “Beloved: The Mystery and Meaning of Marriage” on July 30th, at 2:30 – 3:10 p.m. Dr. Gray is the President of the Augustine Institute, a dynamic M.A. program in Sacred Scripture and Evangelization & Catechesis in Denver, Colorado. He also is a... [Read more...]Papal Encyclical On The Environment
The New Heavens… By Fr. Bill Watson, SJ Early this summer, Pope Francis will release to the world his Encyclical on the Environment. There is considerable interest and worry about what the document will endorse regarding climate change theories, culture, political action, global poverty, human... [Read more...]Dr. Catherine Pakaluk
Dr. Catherine Pakalukis presenting on, “Soulmates, and Other Myths about the Family in American Society” on July 30th, at 3:30 – 4:10 p.m. Dr. Pakaluk joined the faculty of Ave Maria University in the Fall of 2010. Her research is concerned broadly with the analytical study of gender,... [Read more...]George Weigel
George Weigel is presenting on, “The Evangelical Future of Catholicism in the Next America” on July 31st, at 9:20 – 10:00 a.m. George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals.... [Read more...]Dr. Pia de Solenni
Dr. Pia de Solenni is presenting on, “Women and The Body of Christ” on July 31st, at 12:00 – 12:40 p.m. Dr. Pia de Solenni is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She serves as the Associate Dean of the Augustine Institute – Orange County, located at Christ Cathedral. She... [Read more...]Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, OP, Dr. theol.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, OP, Dr. theol., Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn is presenting on, “Why We Need the Catechism: How to Build a House on the Rock” on July 31st, at 11:10 – 11:50 a.m. Born on January 22, 1945 in Skalken, Bohemia. The family flees to Austria... [Read more...]Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J.
Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. is presenting on, “The Soul’s Upward Yearning: Clues to Our Transcendent Nature from Experience and Reason” on August 1st at 10:10 – 10:50 a.m. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 16, 1952, Fr. Spitzer is currently the President of Magis Center of Reason and... [Read more...]O. Carter Snead
O. Carter Snead is presenting on, “Public Bioethics and the Problem of Persons” on August 1st, at 11:15 – 11:50 a.m. Professor Carter Snead is an internationally recognized expert in Public Bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical... [Read more...]Dr. Michael Pakaluk
Dr. Michael Pakaluk is presenting on, “Faith and Reason in Newman’s University” on August 1st, at 12:00 – 12:35 p.m. Michael Pakaluk, educated at Harvard (A.B., Ph.D.) and, as a Marshall Scholar, at the University of Edinburgh (M.Litt.), wrote his dissertation on Aristotle’s... [Read more...]The Catholic Difference by George Weigel
The Catholic Difference The difference Cardinal George made By George Weigel On September 2, 1939, the House of Commons debated the British government’s response to the German invasion of Poland the previous day. The ruling Conservative Party was badly divided between those demanding that Britain fulfill... [Read more...]Archbishop Alexander Sample
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample was born on November 7, 1960 in Kalispell, MT, to Alexander K. Sample, Jr., (deceased) and to Joyce V. Sample. He graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, NV, in 1978. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1982 and a Master... [Read more...]Andreas Widmer
Andreas Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America and President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invested in original research, books, and films to further enterprise... [Read more...]Dr. Christiaan Geusau
Christiaan Alting von Geusau holds law degrees from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and the University of Heidelberg (Germany) with specializations in civil and European Law. He obtained a doctorate from the University of Vienna (Austria) writing his dissertation on “Human Dignity and the Law... [Read more...]Dr. Dan Philpott
Areas of Expertise International relations and political philosophy, reconciliation Philpott researches how societies address past injustices, seeking to balance truth, justice, reconciliation, and stability. He also is collaborating on a major study of global religion and politics, focusing on religion’s... [Read more...]Fr. Bill Watson, S.J.
The Sacred Story Institute will do research and program development to serve the cause of integral evangelization in this third millennium with these vital Ignatian prayer disciplines. Linking spirituality with evangelization (and the new evangelization) is especially necessary today. The term Father... [Read more...]Greg Pfundstein
Greg Pfundstein is President of the Chiaroscuro Foundation. Greg is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and holds a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the board of the Patients Rights Council, FEMM Foundation, the Chiaroscuro Institute, and the... [Read more...]