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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

Pope Francis: So Far

Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D. - Professor of History, Director of the Institute of Catholic Studies, and Assistant to the President for the University Mission at John Carroll University

Friday April 25, 2014
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

"Who am I to judge?"

With these words, Pope Francis I proclaimed an openness that, in James Carroll’s words, “startled the Catholic world.” A Pope, after all, is in principle “infallible,” proclaiming “by a definitive act some doctrine of faith or morals.” One way to be infallible is not to make judgments, but that has not been the traditional approach. Instead, as Thomas J. Reese S.J. summarizes, “Pope John Paul II spent 15 years rewriting the catechism of the Catholic Church” and Pope Benedict XVI spent the following 8 years “reinforcing that.”

Already unique in the name he took, the continent from which he comes and the Jesuit order of which he is a member, Pope Francis seems to offer the prospect of deep change in the world's oldest, and an especially important, institution. Yet openness allows many people to assume that, when he does judge, the Pope will be on “their side.” What can we infer about how he wants to re-shape the Church, his ability to do so, or even whether he is asking questions without knowing his answers?

This will be the final Friday Lunch public affairs discussion of the Spring Semester. I would like to express my gratitude to all the speakers; to the kind colleagues who have stepped in to moderate sessions when I could not attend; to the generous individuals who have contributed to the costs of refreshments; to the College of Arts and Sciences as the prime sponsor of our discussions, and last but not least to all of you who have come and made discussion happen. I wish everyone a great end of term, a wonderful Summer, and good health so you can come back next Fall semester (if you wish) for a new series of discussions. We begin again on August 29!

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest

Paul V. Murphy arrived at John Carroll University in 2005. He holds an M.A. in medieval history from Loyola University of Chicago and a master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. He earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance History from the University of Toronto in 1996.

Dr. Murphy has taught at St. George’s College, a Jesuit high school in Kingston, Jamaica, Loyola University of Chicago’s Rome Center of the Liberal Arts, the University of Toronto, and the University of San Francisco prior to his arrival at JCU.

Paul focuses his research on the religious and cultural history of Italy in the Renaissance and Reformation. He is the author of a biography of Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga, a reforming prelate at the time of the Catholic Reformation, as well as a numerous articles and book chapters. His current research is on the work of the Jesuits in Italy, particularly at the pilgrimage site of Loreto. He teaches courses on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Jesuits. In addition to his work in the department of history, he serves as the Director of the Institute of Catholic Studies and Vice President for University Mission and Identity.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.
April 22, 2014

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Upcoming Events

Where Does Sacredness Reside? Transformations of Religious Meaning in the Twenty-First Century

Join a faculty and student panel discussion sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies featuring Peter Haas, Ph.D., Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and Department Chair, Deepak Sarma, Ph.D., Professor of South Asian Religions and Philosophy, Steve Paley, Senior Undergraduate and Capstone Student, Deepa Manjunath, Senior Undergraduate and Capstone Student, Barbara Reebel, Senior Undergraduate and Capstone Student, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor), Case Western Reserve University, 11055 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Usually we think of the sacred and the secular as inhabiting very different spaces. Today, however, they intermingle and merge in a variety of ways, from museums to social media to popular culture. We find the sacred in the very secular, and the secular breaking into the sacred. This breaking down of boundaries forces us to reconsider what secular and sacred mean in the contemporary world. It is increasingly difficult to discern where the secular ends and the religious begins, and vice versa.

We hope in this panel to begin an investigation of what it means when something moves from the secular realm to the religious realm or from the religious to the secular, and how these two realms intersect and influence each other.

Globalizing Counterinsurgency and Policing in the Middle East

Laleh Khalili, Ph.D., Professor of Middle East Politics at the University of London’s School for Oriental and African Studies and Jillian Schwedler, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Hunter College, City University of New York, Wednesday April 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m., The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102. Sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Consortium on Middle East Studies (NOCMES) and The City Club of Cleveland.

For more than a decade, wars on terror, popular protests, and security crackdowns have dominated news from the Middle East. How does policing operate in such a context? What has become of counterinsurgency? And how do these tactics affect our own communities?

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