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george weigel The Grittiness of Christian Faith

The Grittiness of Christian Faith by George Weigel JERUSALEM. Walking through the narrow, winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City on my first visit here in fifteen years, I was powerfully struck once again by the grittiness of Christianity, the palpable connection between the faith and the quotidian... [Read more...]

george weigel The Saints and All of Us: George Weigel reflects on the Synod

The Catholic Difference The saints and all of us By George Weigel ROME.  Amidst all the Sturm und Drang of Synod-2015, something genuinely new in the life of the Church began, and it shouldn’t escape our notice. For the first time in two millennia, an entry in the liturgical books will now read, on... [Read more...]

EWTN Logo BW CUA and Napa Institute Conference on Business to be shown on EWTN

The Napa Institute is pleased to announce that Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business, the inaugural conference of the CUA School of Business and Economics co-sponsored with The Napa Institute, is now airing on EWTN on Saturday afternoons. The Napa Institute and CUA are grateful to... [Read more...]

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Napa Institute Featured in AMU Magazine

Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Tom Monaghan, and Dr. Catherine Pakaluk reflect on the 2015 Napa Institute conference in the Fall issue of AMU Magazine.          Read More →

photo by Kate Capato Five Pillars of a Decent and Dynamic Society by Dr. Robby George

Dr. Robby George, photo by Kate Capato Any healthy society, any decent society, will rest upon three pillars. The first is respect for the human person—the individual human being and his dignity.  Where this pillar is in place, the formal and informal institutions of society, and the beliefs and... [Read more...]

Living Truth in Love copy Addressing the Pastoral Needs of Men and Women with Homosexual Tendencies

There will be a Pre-Synod Conference this October 2, 2015 hosted by the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome, Italy sponsored by Courage, Ignatius Press and the Napa Institute. According to www.truthandlove.com this conference will be held in order to “approach the... [Read more...]

Have Hotel  Will Say Mass   Daily News   NCRegister.com National Catholic Register Features Clergy Hospitality

September 15, 2015 the National Catholic Register released an article about our Clergy Hospitality program!  Joseph Pronechen, of National Catholic Register, interviewed Hailey Smith who currently runs the program.  Ponechen also interviewed a Clergy member who enjoyed a free stay at one of our... [Read more...]

Catacomb time?

The Catholic Difference Catacomb time? by George Weigel   At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs... [Read more...]

CdlSchoenborn-255x320 Cardinal 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 OConnor 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...]

Irish Flag 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

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 speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related... [Read more...]

Tim Gray 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 audience 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 Pakaluk

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, family, and reproductive dynamics.  She also studies education, especially the value of private religious schools, and the role of parental effort... [Read more...]

george edited 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...]

Pia de Solenni 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...]

Schönborn, Chorkleidung Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, OP, Dr. theol.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, OP, Dr. theol., Archbishop of Vienna Born on January 22, 1945 in Skalken, Bohemia. The family flees to Austria in September 1945; primary and secondary school in Schruns and Bludenz (Vorarlberg). In 1963 Christoph Schönborn joined the Dominican Order. Studies of philosophy,... [Read more...]

Fr Robert Spitzer 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...]

carter snead 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...]

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