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 its obligations to Poland and those addicted to the habits of appeasement. “Party loyalty” was being invoked to drown out Conservative opposition to Conservative prime minister Neville Chamberlain when the deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, Arthur Greenwood, rose to speak. Then, from the Tory back benches, came the voice of an anti-appeasement Conservative, Leo Amery, who cried, “Speak for England, Arthur!”
Who speaks for country and principle, not just for faction or party? It’s a perennial question. I was reminded of it, and of Leo Amery, when my friend, Senator Henry M. Jackson, died in 1983, and one of his aides said, “We’ve just lost the last adult in the Senate.” When I asked what that meant, he replied, “There was only one man here who, when a crisis was at hand and the country was at risk, had the personal authority to say, in effect, ‘Close the door; let’s get serious and get this settled.’” That’s what the death of Scoop Jackson meant: the last reference point had left the scene. (And if you want a sense of that aide’s prescience, look at the U.S. Senate today.)
Legislative bodies with contending factions and ideas need that kind of leadership: they need someone—or, preferably, several someones—with the authority to speak for the common good and get others to think outside the narrow confines of their own concerns and interests. And so (if I may stretch an analogy just a bit) do bishops conferences.
The death of Cardinal Francis George on April 17 opened a breach in the life and work of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since Cardinal John O’Connor’s death in 2000, Cardinal George played the role championed by Leo Amery and embodied by Scoop Jackson in another sphere of action: Cardinal George was the man with the authority, in this case, to “speak for the Church,” and to get his brother bishops to bracket their differences and act as one for the good of the Church. He did it quietly, but he also did it effectively. And he could do it because of who he was: his character and insight made him the reference point when things were very serious.
When Francis George was appointed archbishop of Chicago, an auxiliary bishop who will remain nameless said, “Oh no, he’s the one who gets up at the meetings and uses those words the bishops don’t understand.” Well, His Nameless (and now deceased) Excellency may not have understood, but others did. And those who didn’t necessarily have the same breadth of learning and culture as Francis George nonetheless followed his lead because they knew him as a man of erudition and humility who thought things through, who had the courage to follow his convictions, and who could be trusted to speak for the Church, not just for his point of view or his “party.”
It was immensely important that the bishops elected Cardinal George their conference president in 2007. For it was his leadership that created the broad consensus about the Catholic future in America that led to the election of Cardinal Timothy Dolan as conference president in 2010—and that made possible the bishops’ stalwart defense of religious freedom in the face of an administration determined to bend the Church and its work of healing, educating and empowering the poor to the government’s will.
That contest is by no means over, for the modern state—whoever is in charge—seems to have an irresistible urge to expand its reach, shrinking the sphere of civil society in the process. This tendency is a direct challenge to the core Catholic social doctrine principle of subsidiarity. And it must be resisted, even as the Church works to marry subsidiarity to solidarity with the weakest among us.
So: who will now “speak for the Church”?
George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
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Dr. Vitz’s teaching and research is focused on the integration of Christian theology, especially Catholic anthropology, with psychology. This requires breaking from the modern secularism and post-modern relativism prevalent today.
He is presently focused on the following special topics: The Psychology of Hatred and Forgiveness; The Psychology of the Virtues; The Psychological Importance of Fathers; and the Positive Relevance of Psychology for the Priesthood. Dr. Vitz’s books include: Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship; Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism; and The Self: Beyond the Post-modern Crisis.
He was Professor of Psychology at New York University for many years prior to joining the faculty at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.]]>
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 solutions to poverty.
He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.
He is a frequent speaker around the world on issues related to business ethics, entrepreneurship, business leadership, productivity, and the challenges of executive management.
Andreas works closely with top entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices. He has developed entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith such as the Catholic Mental Models Project, a research effort through his social science research firm GSPEL LLC.
Andreas is the Chairman of the board of advisors of WQOM, Bostons’ Catholic Radio station, a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event that strives to humanize globalization. He also serves as an advisor to Transforming Business, a research and development project at the University of Cambridge. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Templeton Foundation, Global Adaptation Institute, Spring Hill Equity Partners, Karisimbi Business Partners, and Catholics Come Home. He is on the board of directors at the New Paradigm Research Fund, Virtual Research Associates and the World Youth Alliance.]]>
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 in post-War Europe”, which was published internationally in 2013. Having practiced law at international law firms Houthoff and AKD in Amsterdam and Brussels from 1997 until 2004, von Geusau now serves as President and Rector of the International Theological Institute, a private Catholic university near Vienna, Austria. He was the founding president of the Phoenix Institute Europe Foundation, an educational institution that aims at forming young men and women in the classical and Judeo-Christian tradition. Von Geusau also presides over the International Catholic Legislators Network, created to provide Catholic politicians with permanent formation and fellowship through annual meetings and educational programs. He is also founder and Chairman of the Board of the Schola Thomas Morus, a Catholic High School near Vienna. He teaches, lectures and publishes in the areas of law, philosophy and education with a special interest for Christian identity, human dignity and fundamental rights.]]>
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 impact on the politics of peace and reconciliation. A Senior Associate at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, he travels regularly to Kashmir, where he trains leaders in faith-based diplomacy. Philpott is the author of “Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations,” which is a historical account of how new ideas about justice and legitimate authority fashioned the global sovereign states system. Reflecting his interests in political theory and ethics and international relations, he has also written on the morality of self-determination and on religious freedom as an end of American foreign policy. He has published articles in World Politics, Ethics, Political Studies, The Journal of International Affairs and The National Interest.]]>
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 Kolvenbach, the former Superior General of the Jesuit order used to describe this work is;evangelizing exercises. Programs Fr. Watson has initiated in the past decades, recognized for their effectiveness and quality, have attracted millions of dollars in support.
Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and nationally-known Catholic speaker. He has written several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass (Ascension Press) and Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross (Image Books). He currently serves as professor of theology and Vice President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He also is the host of a new 20-part video series on the Catholic faith called Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and program director for a new marriage preparation and marriage enrichment program called Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage (Augustine Institute).
Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land and regularly speaks at Catholic parishes, conferences and diocesan catechetical congresses. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and resides with his wife Elizabeth and their seven children in Littleton, Colorado.]]>
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 is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.
Dr. de Solenni has participated in many radio and television talk shows on various topics. She has appeared on MSNBC, “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, “The O’Reilly Factor”, CNN, ABCNews, among others. Dr. de Solenni has been quoted in newspapers nationwide, including The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Associated Press.
Dr. de Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Her dissertation was published in the university series Dissertationes. On November 8, 2001, she received the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work. The award was presented by John Paul II.
In addition to the doctorate, Dr. de Solenni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts-Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, California; a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome; and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from Holy Cross, Rome.
Dr. de Solenni resides in Orange County, California.
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 National Abstinence Education Foundation.
We believe that every life has equal value and everyone deserves an opportunity to flourish. We defend those who lack the protection of the law and are unable to protect themselves. We offer the poor healthcare and educational opportunities that they need to thrive. We offer the saving grace of Jesus to all while defending everyone’s unalienable right to exercise the religion of their own choosing.
The Chiaroscuro Foundation is led by a lean staff of successful scholars, businessmen and entrepreneurs committed to the fundamental values of life, liberty and justice.]]>
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 theory of friendship under John Rawls, and has since played a leading role in the important revival of interest among philosophers in the topic of friendship. Formerly at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences and Clark University, where he had a long and distinguished tenure as Director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Dr. Pakaluk has been a visiting scholar or visiting professor at Brown, Cambridge, Catholic University, Harvard, St. Andrews (Scotland) and Santa Croce (Rome). Widely published in academic journals on a wide range of topics in ethics, political philosophy, and the history of philosophy, his books include Other Selves: Philosophers on Friendship (Hackett Publishers, 1991); Nicomachean Ethics, Books VIII and IX, Translation with Commentary (Oxford University Press, 1998);Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle (with Giles Pearson, Oxford University Press, 2011). His technical philosophical papers, spanning nearly all areas and time periods in philosophy, make important and creative contributions to philosophy and the history of ideas. Dr. Pakaluk’s side-interest in professional ethics has led him to author, with Mark Cheffers, two widely-used textbooks in accounting ethics, Understanding Accounting Ethics (Allen David Press, 2007), and Accounting Ethics (Allen David Press, 2011). Dr. Pakaluk’s expertise in accounting ethics, in conjunction with his work as Senior Research Analyst and Public Policy Consultant with the Ives Group, Inc., led to an invitation to present a seminar on accounting professionalism and IFRS convergence for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2009. Dr. Pakaluk has been Dean of the Faculty of the Neuwaldegg Institute in Vienna, a faculty member at the Korcula Institute of the Center for Cultural Renewal in Croatia, a Director of the Worcester Public Library, and a Founding Trustee of the Abby Kelley Foster Regional Charter School in Worcester, MA. An accomplished French hornist, Dr. Pakaluk is also an avid golfer, tennis player, and hiker.]]>
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 in generating observed peer effects and variation in school quality.
Prior to earning her doctorate from Harvard University in 2010, Catherine received a master’s degree in economics from Harvard (2002), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in mathematics and economics (1998). She has studied the history of Catholic thought with Michael Novak, Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, George Weigel, and Dr. Russell Hittinger.
She is married to Michael Pakaluk and has six young children.
Research fields: Applied micro, Public, labor, economics of education. Teaching fields: Public economics; Labor economics; economics of poverty; statistics; Catholic social thought; theology of gender]]>
Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today’s social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.
As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities, and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS’ 60 Minutes, among others.
In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pèlerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague. Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994 to 1998. His pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients at the National Institutes of Health. He is the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Acton Institute maintains a vigorous editorial outreach, especially through its president, Rev. Robert A. Sirico. This site maintains an archive of many of his essays and reviews.]]>
Professor Carter Snead is an internationally recognized expert in Public Bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His research explores issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, stem cell research, abortion, and end-of-life decisionmaking. He has authored over forty journal articles, book chapters, and essays. His scholarly works appear in such publications as the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Vanderbilt Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Quaderni Costituzionali (Italy’s premier journal of constitutional law), the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, American Political Thought, and Political Science Quarterly. He is also the editor of two book series for the University of Notre Dame Press – Studies in Ethics and Culture and Studies in Medical Ethics. Professor Snead teaches Law & Bioethics, Health Law, Torts, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure.
In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Professor Snead has provided advice on the legal and public policy dimensions of bioethical questions to officials in all three branches of the U.S. government, and in several intergovernmental fora. Prior to joining the law faculty at Notre Dame, Professor Snead served as General Counsel to The President’s Council on Bioethics (Chaired by Dr. Leon R. Kass), where he was the primary drafter of the 2004 report, “Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies.” He has testified in the U.S. House of Representatives on regulatory questions concerning RU-486 (the abortion pill). In 2014, he testified in the Texas state legislature on the constitutionality of a proposed fetal pain bill. Professor Snead led the U.S. government delegation to UNESCO and served as its chief negotiator for the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (adopted in October 2005). He served (with President’s Council on Bioethics Chairman, Dr. Edmund Pellegrino) as the U.S. government’s Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI), where he assisted in its efforts to elaborate international instruments and standards for the ethical governance of science and medicine. In conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he regularly lectures to state and federal judges on the uses of neuroimaging in the courtroom. In 2008, he was appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO to a four-year term on the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), a 36-member body of independent experts that advises member states on bioethics, law, and public policy. The IBC is the only bioethics commission in the world with a global mandate.
Professor Snead received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University (where he was elected to the Order of the Coif), and his B.A. from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD). He clerked for the Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.]]>
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 to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.
He has been awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. From 2005 to 2011, he held the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly). Some of his newest books are Many Are Called, Hope for Hard Times, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Signs of Life.
Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.]]>
Europe and nothingness
By George Weigel
In the wake of the horrific jihadist attack on the Paris-based journal Charlie Hebdo, the trope “satirical magazine” was regularly deployed to explain Charlie’s character and content. But that’s not-quite-right. And what’s wrong about it—when linked to the sentiment expressed on placards reading “We are all Charlie Hebdo”—suggests just how much trouble Europe is in, as it confronts this new form of war.
To be sure, French standards of cartooning and “satire” are different than those in other countries, as a brief glance at a Charlie Hebdo cover (and especially those dealing with the Catholic Church, its people, and its beliefs) would demonstrate. Still, I don’t think it’s a matter of American prissiness to suggest that “satire” doesn’t capture the prevailing cast of mind displayed in Charlie Hebdo, which has always struck me as far more nihilistic than satirical.
My venerable Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines “satire” as “a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn,” the secondary definition being “trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly.” That is not what Charlie Hebdo does. Issue after issue, Charlie Hebdo mocks, not vice and folly (which are fair game), but many people’s most deeply held and cherished beliefs, including their religious convictions. I won’t describe its cover cartoon lampooning the doctrine of the Trinity after the Catholic bishops of France had opposed so-called “gay marriage;” if that cover was not pornographic, than the word “pornographic” has no meaning.
In the world of Charlie Hebdo, sadly, all religious convictions (indeed all serious convictions about moral truth) are, by definition, fanaticism—and thus susceptible to the mockery of the “enlightened.” But that crude caricature of religious belief and moral conviction is false; it’s adolescent, if not downright childish; it inevitably lends itself to the kind of vulgarity that intends to wound, not amuse; and over the long haul, it’s as corrosive of the foundations of a decent society as the demented rage of the jihadists who murdered members of Charlie Hebdo’s staff.
The sophomoric nastiness regularly displayed in Charlie Hebdo most certainly does not constitute any sort of warrant for homicide; the incapacity of some Muslims to live in pluralistic societies and the rage to which those incapacities lead is a grave threat to the West. The question is: what do those two truths have to do with each other?
Here’s my suggestion: You can’t beat something with nothing—perhaps better, you can’t beat something with nothingness.
If all that Europe can say in condemning the despicable murders of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists and editors is “We are all Charlie Hebdo,” then what Europe is saying is, in effect, “We are all nihilists.” And how, pray, is nihilism—nothingness raised to a first principle, skepticism taken to the last extreme—supposed to defeat conviction, however warped that conviction is? If all that Europe can say to murderous jihadism is “Why can’t we all just get along?” its fecklessness will make it an even softer target for the kind of lethal fanaticism that recently turned Paris into a war zone.
There’s another aspect to this tangled and bloody business that’s worth noting, and that is the high price that Europe, and France in particular, is paying for culturally engrained (and sometimes legally enforced) political correctness. Virtually proscribing public discussion of the threat to European civility and order posed by Islamist maniacs has made dealing with that threat far more difficult: for citizens, for the security services, and for the public authorities. In the years since 9/11, the French public square has been dominated by the jihadists and the xenophobes; and in that volatile social environment, something very bad was going to happen. Now that it has, perhaps steps can be taken to bring the adults—and the real issues—back into the discussion.
“Liberty, equality, fraternity” can be a noble slogan, bespeaking noble aspirations. But freedom, justice and human solidarity cannot be grounded in nihilism. If all Europe is Charlie Hebdo, then Europe is doomed.
George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
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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, psychology and theology in Walberberg (Bonn), Regensburg, Vienna and Paris:
Walberberg/Bonn: philosophy and theology; Le Saulchoir: theology; Vienna: philosophy and psychology; Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne: Byzantine Christianity and slav. Ordained priest in 1970 in Vienna, obtained his doctorate in 1974 in Paris. From 1973-1975: student chaplain in Graz and from 1975-1991 professor of Catholic Dogmatic Theology in Fribourg (Switzerland).
From 1980 to 1985 member of the International Theological Commission, and from 1987 – 1992 editing secretary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Ordained auxiliary bishop on September 29, 1991 at the Cathedral of St. Stephans, Vienna. Since September 14, 1995 Archbishop of Vienna; received the Pallium on June 29, 1996.
In February 21, 1998 created Cardinal (Titular church in Rome: Gesù Divino Lavoratore) Since June 30, 1998 President of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference.
Received award “Goldenes Komturkreuz mit Stern” for merits for the region of Lower Austria on September 23, 1998; received honorary doctorate in Catholic Theology from the University Prague on May 12, 1999.
Publications (selection): Sophrone de Jérusalem, Paris 1972; Die Christusikone, Schaffhausen 1984 (american translation “The Human Face of God”, San Francisco 1994); Einheit im Glauben, Einsiedeln 1984; The Mystery of the Incarnation, San Francisco 1993; Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, San Francisco 1994; From Death to Life. The Christian Journey, San Francisco 1995; Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Creed, San Francisco 1995; Loving the Church, San Francisco 1998; Die Menschen, die Kirche, das Land- Christentum als gesellschaftliche Herausforderung (Vienna 1998); Wähle das Leben. Die christliche Moral nach dem Katechismus der Katholischen Kirche (Wien 1998); Die Menschen, die Kirche, das Land. Christentum als gesellschaftliche Herausforderung (Wien 1998); Wege des Betens. Das Gebet im Katechismus der Katholischen Kirche (Wien 2000); Who Needs God (2009), God Sent His Son (2010), The Joy of Being a Priest (2010) and numerous other books and articles.]]>
He completed studies in Philosophy at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 1986. He then studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, OH, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1990. He was ordained a priest at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, MI on June 1, 1990.
Father Sample served as Associate Pastor at St. Peter Cathedral from 1990 until 1993. From 1993 until 1994 he served as Pastor at St. George Parish, Bark River, MI, at Sacred Heart Parish in Schaffer, MI and at St. Michael Parish in Perronville, MI. He studied Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome from 1994 until 1996.
From 1996 – 2006, Father Sample served in the Diocese of Marquette as Chancellor, Director of Ministry and Priest Personnel, as member of the College of Consultors, and as Executive Director of the Bishop Baraga Association. Other offices held in this time period were: Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests, Defender of the Bond in the Diocesan Tribunal, Promoter of Justice for the Diocesan Tribunal, Judge for the Tribunal, Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Bishop Frederic Baraga, Diocesan Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus and as a Member of the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. From 1996 – 2006, Father Sample was also the Canonical Pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Marquette.
He was appointed Bishop of Marquette on December 13, 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI, and was ordained a Bishop on January 25, 2006 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. He was appointed the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon on January 29, 2013, and was installed at a Mass of Installation on April 2, 2013 held at the Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland. Doctor of Public Sevice, Honorary, University of Portland, 2014.
Archbishop Sample will be at speaker at the 2015 Napa Institute Conference.]]>
Alan Sears will be speaking at the 2015 Conference.]]>
Dr. Kheriaty will be speaking on The Family at the 2015 Napa Institute Conference.]]>