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Saving Creation:

The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si On Care for Our Commone Home by Pope Francis

The Pope, the Pandemic, and Laudato Si’ at Five

A Fordham Center on Religion and Culture Webinar
June 24, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical on the environment was released five years ago this month, and the global pandemic has made its message of creation care, social solidarity, and spiritual awakening more urgent than ever.

“Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity,” Pope Francis has said. The Guardian newspaper adds: “No other spiritual leader is speaking out so clearly for the poor and for the environment in the developing world.”

But has the Catholic Church embraced the encyclical’s message? Are U.S. Catholics less likely than others to welcome this teaching? Has the pandemic changed the dynamic on environmental awareness -- inside and outside the Catholic Church? How did the recent Synod on the Amazon change our perceptions of the region’s needs, and its people?

Above all: Is it too late to take action? Is there still time?

These are some of the questions our trio of distinguished panelists will answer in this wide-ranging discussion featuring:

Panelists

Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies is a senior Vatican official dealing with justice and peace issues like the environment. He also head’s the pope’s COVID-19 task force.

Dr. Christiana Zenner is a professor of theology, science, and ethics at Fordham and author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and Global Fresh Water Crises.

Dr. Leo Guardado is a professor of systematic theology at Fordham and a Salvadoran-born refugee to the U.S. He focuses on issues of migration, peace, and justice.

David Gibson, director of Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture, will moderate the discussion, which will include questions from the online audience.

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As Francis’s remarkable pontificate approaches its seventh anniversary, the pope is facing an increasingly virulent and vocal opposition -- much of it based in the United States or funded by American Catholics. How serious is this opposition? Is it damaging the Church? The papacy? Or is it only directed at Francis and will recede when he leaves the scene?

These questions will be at the heart of a discussion with Austen Ivereigh, who will be at Fordham for the United States launch of his new biography, Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church.

Does Faith Have a Future?

A Symposium on God, Religion, and the ‘Nones’

October 15, 2019

“None of the above” is the fastest-growing religious identifier in the United States, a category boosted by a surge of younger people. This generational shift is the greatest challenge facing religious communities, and one with enormous implications for American society: the “Nones” have fewer social connections and less social capital than their parents and grandparents.

What does this disaffiliation mean for the future of the U.S.? What does it mean for the future of faith? Who are the “Nones” anyway? Are they atheists? Agnostics? Just indifferent? “The ‘Meh’ Generation”? Or does their attitude point toward a new path for traditional religious communities?

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Cracks in the Secular

James K. A. Smith and the Augustinian Call

October 2, 2019

Our modern world has a particular vision of what the “pursuit of happiness” means. Independence. Self-sufficiency. Conforming the world to our desires.

James K. A. Smith — philosopher, popular lecturer, and prolific author -- understands the attraction of such secular happiness, especially for young people. But he also detects what he calls “cracks in the secular,” signs that can illuminate a different path to happiness.

Smith shared insights from his new book on spiritual seeking, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts.