Class to explore Vatican II aftermath
Theological Institute starts July 9 in De Pere
By Joanne Flemming
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
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.