Last year in an editorial that ran on CNN.com, Vincent Miller, the Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, rebuked the bishops for being so vocal about “preserving” religious freedom during the recent presidential election.
Prior to that he protested on national television John Boehner’s address to Catholic University of America, claiming the House speaker was at odds with Church teaching despite his sterling record on the right to life and the defense of marriage — two of the three “not negotiable” principles Pope Benedict exhorts Catholics to defend in the public square.
He has also claimed that the Vatican stands with the violent, barely coherent radicals in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
All of which makes him the ideal candidate to deliver a keynote address for a workshop sponsored by the Catholic Social Action office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:
BEING CATHOLIC IN 2013
Dr. Vincent Miller, the Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, will be the keynote speaker illustrating the theme of Being Catholic in 2013 at the All Parish Meeting Saturday, September 14, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 6245 Wilmington Pike, Centerville. The morning workshop, hosted by the Weavers of Justice and the Catholic Social Action Office, will include Dr. Miller’s talk, The Catholicity of the Church – Gift and Challenge for Discipleship, and also presentations by Mary Anne Boyd, Respect Life Coordinator for the Archdiocesan Family and Respect Life Office, and Fr. Mike Pucke, pastor of St. Julie Billiart Parish, on the Consistent Ethic of Life in Support of All Life; Dave Scharfenberger, Justice for Immigrants Coordinator for the CSA; Sr. Maria Stacey, SND, Director of the Archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry regional office in Dayton, on immigration; and Dr. Mark Ensalaco,* Director of the Human Rights Studies Program at the University of Dayton, on human trafficking. The halfday morning workshop, which is free, begins with registration and light breakfast at 8:15 a.m. For more information, please call the Catholic Social Action regional office in Dayton, 937.224.3026. The workshop is designed to help parishioners gain a Catholic perspective on many issues that face our society.
* Ensalaco was featured in David Horowitz’s book The Professors: the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America for his defenses of Latin American communists and his apologies for Islamic terrorism.
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