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June 15, 2001 Issue
Local News

Class to explore Vatican II aftermath

Theological Institute starts July 9 in De Pere

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

Vatican II ended 36 years ago, but its major goal of a united church has still not been achieved. Why not?

What is the pope's relationship to local bishops in the governance of the church?

Who will succeed John Paul II? What happens if illness incapacitates him? How does the church carry on?

These are some of the issues Fr. Patrick Granfield will discuss next month in "Theology of the Church: Contemporary Issues" at St. Norbert College's Theological Institute 2001. Fr. Granfield, professor of theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is one of six nationally known teachers who will offer courses.

His course is scheduled July 9-13, along with: "The Corinthian Correspondence I" by Dr. John Craghan, professor of religious studies at St. Norbert, and "Israel's Fathers and Mothers" by Dr. Paula Hiebert of Loyola University and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Courses July 16-20 are: "What's All the Fuss About Spirituality" by Dr. Sallie Latkovich, CSJ, assistant professor at Blessed Edmund Rice School for Pastoral Ministry at Barry University; "The Cor-inthian Correspondence II" by Dr. Craghan; "Trinity, Transformation and Teaching" by Dr. Michael Corso, of Boston University's Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry; "Images of Jesus Christ in Postmodern Preaching and Film" by Fr. Dan Felton, pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Oshkosh.

Fr. Granfield said his class will look at progress the church has made toward ecumenism or unity with all Christians and obstacles that remain. One is the papacy, which, he said, is "an issue that needs to be worked through with (non-Catholics) and Orthodox Christians."

Uniting all issues, the priest continued, is "the whole idea of ecclesiology of communion - a vertical communion with God. On the basis of that, all Christians have a communion among themselves."

A major part of that is Eucharist, he said. "We are united when we partake of Eucharist, united to God, also united to others. It connotes the idea of sharing, participating."

Theological Institute students can enroll by mail until one week before the start of their courses. After that, they must enroll in person at Main Hall, room 219.

Cost is $120 per course. A non-refundable $25 registration fee must accompany each enrollment. Information on housing and meals is available at the Theological Institute Office at 100 Grant St., De Pere, 54115-2009, or call (920)403-3741.

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