NY Reception for A Godly Humanism: Clarifying the Hope That Lies Within

Dec 15, 2015
The Westin New York at Times Square
270 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
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Timothy Cardinal DolanArchbishop of New York

Robert Louis WilkenUniversity of Virginia

Francis Cardinal George, OMIArchbishop of Chicago


Godly Humanism

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan (Archbishop of New York)
Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)

Join us for a reception in celebration of the newly released book A Godly Humanism: Clarifying the Hope that Lies Within (CUA Press, 2015) by the late Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.  This occasion will include a reception and remarks by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan (Archbishop of New York) and Robert Louis Wilken (Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia).

Finished by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. nine days before his death, A Godly Humanismoffers an account of the Catholic intellectual life by one of the most gifted thinkers to serve as bishop in the American Church. It draws on figures such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI to express a vision of the Church as a communion built around the relationship of God to human beings and of human beings to one another. The book provides a starting point for the interpretation of “Pope Francis’s Magisterium [as] evidence of another horizon having been opened more clearly for believers.”

Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute, First Things, and America Magazine. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee. He holds an STL from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome and a PhD in American Church History from the Catholic University of America. Cardinal Dolan served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010 to 2013, succeeding Francis Cardinal George. He has served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America, a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Robert Louis Wilken is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and has taught at Gregorian University, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Notre Dame, and Fordham University. A scholar of early Christianity, he is the author of numerous books, including The Christians as the Romans Saw ThemThe Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God, and most recently The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI (1937-2015) served as Archbishop of Chicago for seventeen years. A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Cardinal George as­sumed a prominent position among U.S. Cardinals, serving as the Pres­ident of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010. He earned a PhD in Philosophy from Tulane University and a Doc­torate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University Urbaniana in Rome. His other books include The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Fath, Communion and Culture and God in Action: How Faith in God Addresses the Challenges of the World.