Committee on Catholic Social Thought Spring 2019
Pope Francis, the Technocratic Paradigm, and the Planetary Emergency: Readings and Reflections on His Holiness’ encyclical Laudato Si’
*If I may begin by thanking Fr. John Conley, S. J. for his many years of service on the Committee. Fr. John has decided to step down but gave us a good number of erudite years and guided on thinking on CST. I am delighted the Committee now includes Dr. Theresa Nguyen (Chemistry) and Dr. Daniel Castillo (Theology)
For Spring 2019 we have chosen a theme from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment On Care of Our Common Home (Laudato Si’: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html). In Section 3 of the encyclical, Francis takes up the topic of what he calls the technocratic paradigm. In this case, a paradigm is an ethos, a spiritual temper, but a negative one, a manner of control and management damaging to cura personalis.
The Committee on Catholic Social Thought will post short readings on our website (http://www.loyola.edu/department/ccst/events) but also bring copies to the lunches so people can follow along with the selected passages for discussion.
Presenters speak for no more than 15 minutes, just to get the ball rolling, and then it’s open discussion of your thoughts/questions about the readings/topic.
Our three meetings are:
Noon till 1.15 in Room 114 College Center (or right behind the Starbucks!).
Thursday February 21st
Dr. Paul Scherz (CUA)
Reading: Laudato Si’, n. 101–114.
Thursday March 14th
Dr. Theresa Nguyen (Loyola)
Reading: Selected passages from Section 3 of Laudato Si’.
Thursday April 11th
Dr. Daniel Castillo (Loyola)
Reading: Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, 111–144 (focus on 114–124).
Lunch is served and all are welcome to join in the broad, open, and convivial discussions that are the hallmark of the luncheons sponsored by Loyola’s Committee on Catholic Social Thought. Should you have questions, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.