Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies
On 29 April 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on 'The International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues' at Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ.
Carmen Nanko-Fernández (B.A., 1980; M.A., !984; D.Min., 1991) has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois, where she also serves as Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program.
Dr. William Dinges participated on April 19th in a panel discussion at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, Maryland. The afternoon discussion centered around the theme of “This Fragile Earth Our Island Home: Stewardship of the Environment and Communities of Faith.”
On Monday, April 13, in Emmitsburg, MD, Dr. William Mattison addressed a large audience from Mount St. Mary’s University about the recent and upcoming synods on marriage and family. The talk provided an occasion to address how marriage and family today serve invaluably in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
On April 18, 2015 Dr. John Grabowski gave a presentation entitled “Marriage and Family through the Eyes of Gaudium et spes” at the 2015 Catholic Leadership Conference sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center on the CUA campus. The presentation considered the Pastoral Constitution’s teaching on marriage and family and the significance given to considerations of human experience in the document and its relevance for the Catholic theology and praxis of marriage in the 21st century.
On Monday, April 20th, the Biblical Studies Area hosted the annual Roland E. Murphy Memorial Lecture. Dr. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, presented the lecture “Achaemenid Persia as Spectacle: Greek and Biblical Reactions.” Dr. Machinist looked at the Achaemenid Persian empire of the first millennium BC as a pageant of power and authority. He focused on the reliefs of the main staircase to the Apadana in the main capital of Persepolis as well as the biblical book of Esther and the Greek drama, The Persians, by Aeschylus. Dr. Machinist explored all of these and the relationships among them in order to chart the impact that Achaemenid Persia had on the world in and around it as well as the Achaemenid impact in our own time.
On Thursday, March 19, Professor Joseph H. H. Ph.D., was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology, honoris causa, by President John Garvey. The ceremony took place in Caldwell Auditorium and was attended by faculty, staff and students. Professor Weiler delivered an address entitled, “Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square.” He is the Joseph Straus Professor of Law at New York University and President of the European University Institute in Florence. Professor Weiler is a leading expert on European constitutional law, a strong advocate for religious freedom and for recognition of the place of religion in human society, and a prominent figure in Jewish-Catholic relations. Photos of the event, please click the title. For a video of this event,please click here.
On Tuesday, March 24th the Moral Theology/Ethics Area hosted its annual spring distinguished lecture. Dr. Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, presented the lecture "Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Josef Ratzinger” to an audience of students, faculty, and guests of the University. Dr. Hittinger examined the contributions of Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic understanding of natural law over the course of his academic career and ministry of teaching and the way he (and Karol Wojtyla/Saint John Paul II) effected a significant "upgrade" of the Catholic understanding.
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A Message from STRS Acting Dean, Msgr. Paul McPartlan
Welcome to the website of CUA’s School of Theology and Religious Studies! Whether you are a current student, a prospective applicant, or simply a visitor, I hope you will find here what you are looking for, and be excited to learn more about our great school and the opportunities it offers!
Dr. David Lantigua recently published an article titled “The Freedom of the Gospel: Aquinas, Subversive Natural Law, and the Spanish Wars of Religion” in Modern Theology 31.2 (April 2015): 312-337. His article responds to the recent challenge directed at the Thomistic tradition for ignoring the modern/colonial problem of race. The article claims that the crisis posed by the Spanish conquests in the New World should be understood as a debate about religious coercion centered on the permissibility of war and slavery as efficient strategies for converting Amerindians to the Christian faith. It argues that key Dominican theologians specifically trained in Thomistic commentary categorically rejected medieval/early modern arguments for religious wars by appealing to an apostolic method of evangelization and the scholastic tradition of natural law in a violent colonial context.
Dr. Gregory has published an article, "Pride and Sin in Sirach 10:13(15): A Study in the Interdependence of Text and Tradition," in Harvard Theological Review 108 (2015): 213-234.