Former Faculty

Spring 2011: Conferences and Publications

Fr. Richard Schenk, OP, will speak at a conference on "The Theology of Matthias Joseph Scheeben" to be held on April 1 & 2, 2011, at St. John Vianney Seminary, in Denver. His own topic will focus on Scheeben"s theology of grace and nature. The conference is a joint effort of The Augustine Institute in Denver and the periodical, Nova et vetera.

For 14-16 April, Fr. Richard has organized together with a theological colleague from the University of Innsbruck an international symposium to be held chiefly at the GTU Library with some 25 well known scholars who will speak on "Rene Girard and World Religions" . Fr. Richard and Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP will offer papers at that conference.

At the end of May, Fr. Richard will attend the annual meeting of the Academy of Catholic Theology in Washington, D.C. Fr. Richard was the founding president of that society in 2007 and will introduce the keynote address of the current president of the ACT, Prof. Reinhard Huetter (Duke).

Fr. Richard"s involvement in ecumenical dialogue between Roman Catholic and Reformed Theologians was documented in two of his recently published essays:

"Analogy as the discrimen naturae et gratiae: Thomism and Ecumenical Learning", in: Thomas Joseph White (ed.), The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Antichrist or the Wisdom of God? (Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cambridge, U.K., William B. Eerdmans 2011) 172-191; and "Analogy of Being: the Invention of the Antichrist or Wisdom of God? Looking back, looking forward: An Epilogue", in: Thomas Joseph White (ed.), The Analogy of Being, op. cit., 410-416.

Fr. Richard will continue to share in that dialogue by speaking in June at a symposium to be held at Princeton Theological Seminary, June 19-22, 2011. Sponsored both by the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton and The Thomistic Institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies, the conference, “Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: An Unofficial Protestant-Catholic Dialogue” will bring together five Roman Catholic specialists in the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas with five Protestant specialists in the theology of Karl Barth to address five topics:

DIVINE BEING: Robert Jenson and Richard Schenk
TRINITY: Guy Mansini, OSB and Bruce McCormack
CHRISTOLOGY: Keith Johnson and Thomas Joseph White, OP
GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION: Amy Marga and Joseph Wawrykow
DIVINE AND HUMAN ACTION: Holly Taylor Coolman and John Bowlin.

This spring will also see the publication of another essay in which Richard explores the earliest involvement of Joseph Ratzinger "Bonaventura als Klassiker der analogia fidei: Zur Rezeption der theologischen Programmatik Gottlieb Söhngens im Frühwerk Joseph Ratzingers, in: Marianne Schlosser und Franz Xaver Heibl (ed.), Offenbarung und Heilsgeschichte. Joseph Ratzingers Bonaventura-Studien unter theologiegeschichtlichen und systematischen Aspekten (Regensburg, 2011 in print).

Fr. Richard recently published an advanced version of "Vatican II and Jacques Maritain: Resources for the Future? Approaching the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Council", in: Logos. A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture (2010, Vol. 13, 1) 79-106. The article will be published again shortly, but now in its original context, the symposium on the Council organized by the American Maritain Association. Michael D. Torre has edited the acts of the symposium.