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Ex Corde Ecclesiae Conference at AMU

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ex Corde Ecclesiae Conference

Ave Maria University

February 6-7, 2014


Thursday, February 6, 5:00 PM

Prof. Russell Hittinger:

“Catholic Discourses and Natural Law:

the Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger”

 

Friday, February 7, 12:00 PM

Prof. Stephen Barr

“Natural Science and Catholicism”

 

Friday, February 7, 5:00 PM

Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC:


This Conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of Ave Maria University in Florida, founded in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  The seal of the University is inscribed with this title of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution.  It begins: “Born from the heart of the Church, a Catholic University is within a tradition traced back to the very origin of the University as an institution.”  He then quotes Pope Alexander IV’s letter to the University of Paris in April of 1255, exhorting them to a common love of learning and joy in the truth.

The first lecture is by Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa.  Ex Corde Ecclesiae repeatedly calls for the development of sound moral judgments and actions by all involved in a Catholic University (#5, 7, 18, 20, etc).  Fundamental to such moral education is the Catholic tradition of the natural law.  Therefore the opening lecture of the Conference is on “Catholic Discourses and Natural Law: The Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger.”  

Another theme of the Apostolic Constitution is the importance of doing the sciences in accord with the common good (# 7, 16-18, 29-31, etc.).  Thus the second lecture is by Stephen Barr, the Professor of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware.  He will lecture on “Natural Science and Catholicism”.  

A Catholic University should also encourage learning to promote social justice and service “especially to the poor" (# 34, 4, 32, 40, Norm 7, 2).  The third lecture is by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., the promoter of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization, who will speak on “Mother Teresa: A Rich Resource for Contemporary Theology.”  

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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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NY Times spotlights Ave Maria University's tuition reduction move

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Getting Out of Discount Game, Small Colleges Lower the Price

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A higher education riddle: When can a college slash tuition by almost half, without losing revenues? Answer: When nobody much pays full tuition anyway.

When Converse College, a tiny women’s college here, announced that it was “resetting” next year’s tuition at $16,500, down 43 percent from the current year’s published price of $29,000, the talk was about affordability, transparency and a better deal for struggling families.

But of Converse’s 700 undergraduates, only a small number — in the single digits, its president said, paid the full sticker price in recent years. Almost everyone received a tuition discount from the college, along with, in many cases, financial aid from the state and federal governments.

Now, like some other small private colleges, Converse is cutting tuition and reducing discounts. Betsy Fleming, Converse’s president, said the tuition discount rate would drop to 25 percent, well below the national average, from the current 56 percent. The college will still offer aid to talented students, but only to the extent covered by its $39 million endowed scholarship funds.

While Converse’s reset was the most drastic, others including Concordia University, St Paul, in Minnesota, Ashland University in Ohio, Ave Maria University in Florida, Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, have also recently announced tuition cuts. Read more...

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President Jim Towey and AMU Featured on EWTN News Nightly

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey was a guest on EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell on Wednesday, December 18.

Click here to view President Towey's segment.

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AMU Board Member William McGurn on Obama's Contraceptive Mandate

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ave Maria University Board Member William McGurn wrote a piece in the New York Post on the recent news of Obama's contraceptive mandate heading to the Supreme Court. Click here to read the article on the NY Post website.

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Ave Maria University Applauds Decision for Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The following is a statement from Ave Maria University President Jim Towey:

 

“Great news today from the U.S. Supreme Court:  The Obamacare regulations which Ave Maria University has fought in Federal Court since 2012 because they violate religious freedom will be decided by the nine justices sometime in June 2014. 

 

People can disagree about the morality of contraception, and the government can fund these services to whatever extent it wishes, but faith-based organizations, whether non-profit or private, should not be compelled to violate conscience to carry out such a mandate.  The Obama administration could have expanded access to contraception through any number of methods – using its vast array of community health center and state public health clinics, but instead it chose the most offensive way possible:  it chose to force faith-based groups to be the foot soldiers in their armies of contraception.  Now our nation’s highest court will look at the First Amendment case law and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and decide whether such efforts by Secretary Sebelius and her zealots at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were lawful or not. 

 

I am confident that our cause has been a just one – and I predict a near-unanimous decision in our favor.  We’re proud to have led the fight on this and we’ll pray that our lawyers at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty prevail.”

 

Ave Maria University, which led the fight against the Obamacare regulations, has again filed suit against the federal government, renewing the University’s efforts to fight the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In March, the U.S. District Court granted the motion by defendants (Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al) to dismiss AMU’s lawsuit. At that time, the dismissal was made because the regulations were not in final form. But since the regulations were finalized, AMU again filed suit. The AMU lawsuit remains in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

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