Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ, Pope's interviewer - Distinguished Guest of the Department of Catholic Studies
Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, the editor in chief of the influential
Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, will be a Distinguished Guest
Speaker of the Department of Catholic Studies on March 20, 2014. Fr.
Spadaro SJ will be lecturing to Seton Hall university community on his
most recent research and publications on Cybertheology – theological
science that operates on the web for religious and pastoral research.
The publication of an exclusive interview with Pope Francis by Antonio
Spadaro is making headlines worldwide. However, Fr. Spadaro in an
interview to the Italian newspaper La Stampa indicates that his "was not
an interview <with the Holy Father> but a spiritual experience.
The Pope can not be interviewed." Fr. Spadaro was moved but what the
Holy Father told him: "God is first ... always ... God. God is like the
first flower of the almond tree that blossoms in your Sicily."
Fr. Spadaro has long been a collaborator and friend of Seton Hall University's Chesterton Institute.
Father Spadaro was ordained priest in 1996 in Catania, and completed
his education in the United States. He graduated in Philosophy at the
University of Messina, and completed his doctorate in theology from the
Pontifical Gregorian University, where he still teaches. He began
writing about the "Catholic Civilization" in 1994, dealing mainly with
culture and the way in which new communication technologies, from the
Internet, are changing the way people live and think. The internet is
part of his interests: on the web he is present with a Facebook profile,
and has recently taken part in collaboration with the Pontifical
Council for Social Communication led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, a
meeting of bloggers in the Vatican, as well to have promoted cultural
initiatives linked to the world of literature and the network.
The Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University
Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of
the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton
Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton
Hall's Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of
Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is
the Church's encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the
world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a
discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue
between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at
Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic
Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture,
humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place
for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are
enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes
and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is
complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic
Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that
enhances every other major.
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