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Entries for January 2014

Aquinas Lecture Set for Friday at Ave Maria University

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The annual Aquinas Lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 in the Demetree Auditorium on the campus of Ave Maria University. 

Professor Ed Feser of Pasadena City College will speak on "The Scholastic Principle of Causality and the Rationalist Principle of Sufficient Reason.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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President Towey Live-Blogs at 2014 March for Life

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AMU President Jim Towey live-tweeted and blogged at the 2014 March for Life. He marched along side nearly 100 AMU students, staff, and alumni. President Towey's updates can be found on his blog or on AMU's Twitter account.

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“Faith, the White House, and the Public Square,” Featuring AMU President Jim Towey

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Every director of the White House Faith-Based Offices since President Bush created the office in 2001, including AMU's President Jim Towey appeared together in the Fall of 2013. They spoke in order of their service about the work of the White House on faith and the public square. Then they held a panel discussion and responded to questions from members of the audience. 

“Faith, the White House, and the Public Square” was held in the McCord Auditorium of Southern Methodist University.


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AMU Conference examines Business Education and Catholic social teaching

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

During January 2-4, more than 30 scholars from 14 universities came to Ave Maria for the “Mission-Driven Business Education” seminar to talk about integrating the Catholic faith and the Catholic intellectual tradition into the teaching of marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics, and business ethics.  Michael Naughton (of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas), Gabriel Martinez (Chair of the Business Department at Ave Maria University), and Henry Amoroso (of the Micah Center at Seton Hall University) were the seminar organizers.

 “Through the questions we raise, through the topics we choose, through the answers we give, we can give our students and our colleagues a sense of the meaning and fulfillment we have found as Christians and as Catholics,” said Dr. Martinez.  “The Catholic tradition gives us a different perspective and a unique impetus to study finance, economics, marketing, accounting, management, and business ethics, which makes our classroom and research occasions for – appropriate, respectful, opportune – evangelization.”

The seminar, which focused on the uniquely Catholic dimensions of business education, lasted two and a half days, with formal presentations and informal discussions.  In their presentations, the participants laid out their understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition and of Catholic social teaching.  Then they connected these ideas with the specific pedagogical strategies that they use to help students make relevant connections.  Other scholars responded by highlighting what they thought was most relevant, thus starting a discussion among the whole group.

All participants wrote background papers on their ideas of the integration of Catholic teaching with their disciplines.  They also provided specific teaching notes and syllabi, which will be made publicly available to the worldwide academic community, with the aim of helping business professors in any university who want to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to their own students.

Together with a very favorable impression of Ave Maria, the participants (from Notre Dame, Pepperdine, St. Thomas, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s, Dayton, Catholic University of America, Loras, St. Norbert’s, Lexington, Le Moyne, St. Francis, and Ave Maria) left with strong bonds and with plans for future collaboration and extensions of their work into the world of business.

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"What the Pope meant to say," by William McGurn, AMU Trustee

Sunday, January 5, 2014

By William McGurn

January 3, 2014

‘It’s official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican.”

Well thank you, Reuters.

The wire-service scoop on sin comes on the heels of other news flashes about Pope Francis. For example, when Time named the pope a contender for “Person of the Year,” it said it did so because of his “rejection of church dogma.”

In a similar manner The Daily Mail, under an AP byline, hailed Pope Francis’ pro-life plea to Catholic doctors as a “bizarre U-turn” in his position on abortion.

And The New York Times summed up an interview of Pope Francis with the headline, “Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ with Gays, Abortion, and Birth Control.”

Oops. The pope did say that last one. Or at least something close.

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