October 6, 2015

Moral Theologian to Discuss ‘Pope Francis, The Environment and Christian Life’

Moral theologian Jana Bennett will discuss “Pope Francis, The Environment and Christian Life” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy Club, the Newman Center, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference.

In writing his recent encyclical “Laudator Si,” many readers have accused the Pope of stepping into political and economic questions about which he knows little. In her presentation, Bennett will suggest that a different reading of the encyclical will help us dig deep into Christian tradition and perhaps think a bit differently about environmental concerns.

Bennett is associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, where she teaches theology and ethics. She co-edits catholicmoraltheology.com, a blog that discusses liturgy, scripture and current issues in relation to moral questions. She is currently writing a book on moral theology and Christian contemplation.