AGENDAFriday, December 13, 2013, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.9:30-10:00 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Christians and Religious Freedom
Marcello Pera, Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians (Even if We Aren’t)10:00-11:15 a.m. | The Terrible Facts: What is Happening to the World’s Christians?Kirsten Powers (Moderator)
Paul Marshall, Who Persecutes Christians—and Why?
Todd Johnson, How Many Christians Are Persecuted?
Mariz Tadros, Where and How are Christians Persecuted?: Spotlight on Egypt and the Middle East11:15-11:30 a.m. | Coffee break11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | The First Thousand Years: Christianity’s Early Relationship to Freedom (as Persecuted and as Persecutor)Timothy Samuel Shah (Moderator), Theological and Secular Arguments for Religious Freedom in Early Christian Thought
Robert Louis Wilken, The Christian Roots of Religious Freedom
John Rist, Augustine on Religious Freedom and Religious Coercion
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, Lactantius’ Doctrine of Religious Freedom and Its Influence on Constantine
Ian Christopher Levy, Tolerance and Freedom in the Age of the Inquisition1:00-3:00 p.m. | Lunch3:00-4:15 p.m. | Christian Views on Dignity, Slavery, Proselytism, and DemocracyWilliam Inboden (Moderator)
Kyle Harper, Christianity and the Roots of Human Dignity
Robert Woodberry, Protestant Missionaries: Cultural Imperialists or Agents of Democracy?
Donald Miller, Where the Spirit Leads: Pentecostalism and Freedom
Daniel Philpott, Christianity: A Straggler on the Road to Liberty?4:15-4:30 p.m. | Coffee break4:30-5:45 p.m. | Religious Freedom in the Lion’s Den?Mariz Tadros (Moderator)
Anthony O’Mahony, The Contributions of Ancient Christian Communities to the Contemporary Middle East
Duane Alexander Miller and Philip Sumpter, Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land
Elizabeth Prodromou, Orthodox Christian Contributions to Freedom6:00-7:30p.m. | Keynote Address by Professor Rémi Brague, God and Freedom: Biblical Roots of the Western Idea of Liberty.Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.9:30-10:00 a.m. | Opening address by Ken Starr10:00-11:15 a.m. | Christians Among the Most Vulnerable: Empowering Women and the Poor in Developing SocietiesAllen Hertzke (Moderator), Christian Contributions to the World’s Newest Nation
Rebecca Shah, Empowering Poor Women in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Richard Burgess and Daniel McCain, Christianity and Freedom in Central and Northern Nigeria
Sara Singha, The Challenge and Leaven of Christian Communities in Pakistan11:15-11:30 a.m. | Coffee break11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Christianity and Freedom in AsiaChad Bauman and James Ponniah, Growth and Challenges for Christianity in India
Fenggang Yang, The Dynamism of Chinese Christianity
Robert Hefner, Christianity and Religious Freedom in the World’s Largest Muslim Nation
Reg Reimer, Christianity in Vietnam: Contributions to Freedom Amidst Adversity1:00-3:00 p.m. | Lunch3:00-4:15 p.m. | Would Europe or America Exist Without Christianity?Roger Trigg (Moderator)
John Witte, Calvinist Contributions to Freedom in Early Modern Europe
David Little, Early Experiments in Religious Freedom in Colonial America
Matthew Franck, Christianity and Freedom in the American Founding4:15-4:30 p.m. | Coffee break4:30-5:45 p.m. | A conversation on Christianity and Freedom in the Future of the WestMatthew Franck (Moderator)
John Allen6:00-7:30 p.m. | Keynote Address by Archbishop Louis Raphael Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq, Christianity Matters: What Middle Eastern Societies Will Lose If Christians Flee
Talking about the “things that matter most” on December 12
4:00 – If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod
Parenting is hard . . . but it’s not impossible. As a parent, you know that raising children presents greater questions every day. Aristotle has the answers . . . you just have to know how to find them. Conor Gallaghermasterfully weaves Aristotle’s ancient philosophy, scientific studies, pop culture, and parenting tales together making If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod a funny, rich, and informative read, and an indispensable guide for any parent who wants to pass on the secrets of a happy life to their kid. He joins us today
5:00 – Education in Virtue
The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy. It has been developed in response to the call for a New Evangelization, firmly conveying the reality that happiness is found in a life of holiness. The genesis of the project, Sr. John Dominic of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is here to discuss it
5:40 – Kresta Comments
The ‘new evangelism’ at work
The video, posted by pro-life websites, has now been viewed at least 400,000 times and has elicited thousands of comments, many of them noting the “satanic” behavior of the abortion activists, and commending the men for their imperturbable restraint.
(This is Part II of the summary of my response to the Preparatory Document for the Extraordinary Synod. For Part I, go here) In part 1 of this series, I looked at the challenge of articulating the uniquely Catholic vision of family life that is spelled out in documents like Gaudium et Spes, Familiaris Consortio, [Read More...]
Are Catholic Families Really Any Different? Should We Be? (Some Points from My Response to the 2014 Extraordinary Synod– Part I)
Recently, I was asked by my bishop to provide a response to the survey in preparation for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Many of the questions in that document have to do with the faithful’s awareness of the practical significance of the Church’s unique vision of marriage and family life as articulated in [Read More...]
It might surprise you coming from a mental health professional, but I’m not a big fan of “self-esteem.” Not that I want anyone to feel badly about themselves. It’s just that what most people think of as “self-esteem” (i.e., telling a child that he is awesome just because he managed to draw breath without tripping over his [Read More...]
TIME Magazine “Person of the Year” / Remembering Nelson Mandela / The Most Post-Christian Cities
|Blessed Peter Faber, S.J.|
The process for his cause in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is complete and now all that remains is for Francis to issue the Bull of Canonization that will proclaim the first companion of St. Ignatius a saint, extending the cult of the soon-to-be-saint to the Universal Church.
Faber was born in the Upper Savoy region of France in 1506 and died in Rome in 1547 just a few weeks before he was due to attend the Council of Trent. He was beatified in September 1872 with a Papal Rescript issued by the Sacred Congregation of Rites and ratified by the Society of Jesus. Now Francis is extending the liturgical cult to the Universal Church.
“[His] dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naïveté perhaps, his being available straightaway, his careful interior discernment, the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”