Campus News Writer
Jonathan Gaworski is completing a master's degree in historical theology. He is interested in Catholic-Orthodox ecumenism and the Medieval reception of the Greek
Fathers. He enjoys writing in his spare time. A Minnesotan expatriate, he thinks New England winters are wimpy.
On Wednesday, February 13, Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. delivered the Spring Gasson Lecture in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. Fr. von Arx focused his talk on the social and political engagement of 19th century British clergyman Henry Edward Cardinal Manning. Like his contemporary, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Cardinal Manning was a convert to the Catholic Church from Anglicanism. But unlike Newman, Manning made his mark on the Catholic Church through his ecclesiastical leadership, rather than through theological and intellectual prowess.
Reverence for the name of Jesus is at least as old as the New Testament. In his “Christ Hymn of Philippians,” St. Paul proclaims that “God exalted [Jesus] to the highest place and gave Him the
name above all names, that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow” (Phil. 2:10). This early Christian devotion instantiated in St. Paul's hymn grew out of the immemorial Jewish tradition of
reverencing the name of God. The second commandment of the Decalogue instructs the Jewish people not to take the name of the Lord in vain. Within Judaism, respect for the name of the God of
Israel was so profound that Jews seldom uttered the name “I AM” by which the Lord revealed himself to Moses on Mount Sinai.
On Tuesday, November 27, the Church in the 21st Century Center of Boston College hosted a discussion panel entitled “Why I Remain a Catholic: Belief in a Time of Turmoil.” This event sought to respond to the latest wave of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis which broke this past summer.
The president emeritus of Fairfield University, Fr. Jeffrey von Arx S.J., delivered Boston College’s fall Gasson lecture on November 14th. He is additionally slated to deliver the spring Gasson lecture in 2019. His lecture focused on the intertwining lives of two 19th century British cardinals, Bl. John Henry Newman and Henry Edward Manning. Newman, the elegant theologian and essayist, continues to be celebrated as much by English departments for his wordsmithy as by theology departments for his doctrine. Manning, the grim and hard-nosed hierarch, is less remembered, though no less influential during his lifetime.
In an interdisciplinary event bridging science, philosophy, theology, and the humanities, Boston College played host to a pair of researchers from the University of Durham, who opened a window into the mind of the Medieval scholastic Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253). A polymath of far- ranging interests, Robert Grosseteste wrote celebrated works of astronomy, geometry, music, philosophy, and theology.