The Post-Secular Life

New article out on Italian Catholic Politics in America Magazine:

In recent months Catholic intellectuals in Italy have been engaged in an important conversation about the political responsibilities of Italian Catholics. The conversation took on a certain urgency last summer following a heated debate about whether Catholic organizations, communities and families ought to have participated in a Family Day march that was organized to protest the teaching of gender theory in Italian schools. It continued to boil over this week as upwards of one million participants joined another Family Day march in Rome to protest a pending vote in the Italian parliament to legalize civil unions. Il Foglio, an Italian newspaper, drew a connection between this conversation and the controversy in the United States following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. In particular, Il Foglio wondered whether it would be appropriate to adopt the so-called Benedict option, as first described by Alasdair MacIntyre and popularized by Rod Dreher. Mr. MacIntyre’s suggestion was inspired by St. Benedict of Nursia, who left the business of Rome to pray in the woods, eventually creating a community that grew into the Benedictine order and the entire tradition of monasticism in the West. In the present Italian context, the Benedict option would seem to imply withdrawal from broader public involvement in order to create, in Mr. MacIntyre’s words, “new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained.”

As an American living in Rome, I must admit that the Benedict option has personal resonance for me. I have often been tempted to follow in St. Benedict’s footsteps from Rome to Subiaco to escape the din and chaos of the city, if not the spiritual wasteland it represented for him. But I cannot bring myself to endorse the Benedict option as our best hope for the salvation of church and society right now, neither in Italy nor in the United States. Like the Italian bishops’ conference, echoed by Julián Carrón in letters explaining why Communion and Liberation community’s decided to not officially endorse either of the two Family Day marches, I, too, believe that there are better models to imitate in this historical moment that are more firmly rooted in dialogue than the Benedict option appears to be…..keep reading article here

 

Dr. Anthony Carroll on Religious-Secular Dialogue at JCU

Dr. Anthony Carroll

On Thursday, November 5th the JCU Interfaith Initiative welcomed Dr. Anthony Carroll, a Professor of theology and philosophy at Heythrop College at the University of London. Dr. Carroll spoke on “Atheist Secular Dialogue” as part of the Interfaith Initiative’s ongoing International Interfaith Scholar lecture series cosponsored by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See…. Continue Reading About the Event Here

U.S. Special Envoys to Organization of Islamic Conference and Combating Anti-Semitism at JCU

Nostra AetateOn Thursday, October 29th, the John Cabot Interfaith Initiative cohosted a panel discussion with the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See on “Nostra Aetate 50 Years On: The Continued Importance of Interreligious Engagement in Combating Intolerance.”

U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, and Acting U.S. Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Arsalan Suleman, travelled to Rome for the anniversary remembrances of Nostra Aetate led by Pope Francis this week, and took part in the panel. The Nostra Aetate document represented a landmark shift in the Catholic Church’s relationship with both Judaism and Islam and denounced anti-Semitism in strong and broad terms….Continue Reading Here

2 new political science positions open at John Cabot University

John Cabot is hiring a full time visiting professor and tenure track assistant professor! Job descriptions below:

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

John Cabot University, a four year, fully-accredited American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy, invites applications for a full-time faculty position in political science and international affairs at the assistant professor rank. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science, demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and commitment to academic service.

The ideal candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in international relations and global public policy with a load of three courses per semester. Ability to teach classes in American politics and foreign policy is an asset.

The candidate should be a graduate of an American university or have extensive experience in the American liberal arts educational tradition. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of tenure.  Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, which is the language of instruction. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcript, three letters of recommendation, one or two research papers or journal publications, and evidence of teaching excellence to: politicalSciSearch@johncabot.edu. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2015. Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

John Cabot University, a four year, fully-accredited American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy, invites applications for a visiting faculty position in political science and international affairs at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science, demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and commitment to academic service. The candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in political science and international relations. The ideal candidate should be a graduate of an American university or have experience in the American liberal arts educational tradition. The search is open to all subfields.

The appointment is for one year, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, which is the language of instruction and have permission to work in the EU. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, one or two research papers or journal publications, and evidence of teaching excellence to: plsearchvisiting@johncabot.edu. The position will remain open until filled. Only short-listed applicants will be notified.