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Hans Kung (1928-2021)
Catholic Priest, Religious Scholar, and Global Ethic Leader
President Gerry Grudzen’s statement on the passing of Hans Kung, often considered the most important Roman Catholic theologian of the past century. Hans Kung died at his home in Germany on April 9, 2021, at 93 years of age.
I first learned of the writings of Hans Kung as a college student at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit before the start of the Second Vatican Council in October of 1962. I became a keen student of the Protestant Reformation and took additional summer classes in the history of the Renaissance and Reformation at the University of Detroit in addition to my studies at Sacred Heart Seminary.
At my college graduation in June of 1962, I was asked to give the valedictory speech to faculty and students of my seminary. The theme for my presentation was the possible transformational role of the upcoming Second Vatican Council proposed by Pope John XXIII. My preparation for this talk drew heavily from Professor Kung’s book, Council, Reform and Reunion, which had been published in 1961 and led to Kung’s appointment as the youngest Roman Catholic scholar serving as a theological expert for the Second Vatican Council… Read more.
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GMU Global Citizenship and Consciousness Forum
To reach out to young people, President Gerald Grudzen is conducting a free five-session Zoom Forum for a group of students who have taken his Ethics course at San Jose City College this past semester. Eight students participated in the first session. These students may also wish to participate in our August 19-21 international symposium on Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, Fratelli Tutti. One of the aims of this conference of which GMU is a co-sponsor is to engage the voices of youth. See more.
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This Free Zoom session was held on Wednesday July 1 at 4 PM PDT (7 PM EDT) with psychologist Manuel Yaniz PhD. Learn more .
Marita Grudzen presented “Spirituality A Way to Sustain and Connect in the Era of Covid-19,” A Forum of the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Thursday May 28, 2020, 1:00-2:30 pm (PDT)
New Book By Gerald Grudzen and John Raymaker
In 2008, the authors wrote Steps toward Vatican III which explored developments occurring in the Catholic Church including its teachings on social justice, interreligious dialogue, and Small Christian Communities. This update of Steps explores how Pope Francis has developed such themes in original ways in his encyclicals and in his use of synodal consultations. For example, in his Encyclical “Laudato Si,” the pope seeks to lead us into the mysteries of the universe, of creatures, and the harmony of creation. It helps us reflect on the universal communion of nature.
Young people, in particular, have responded with enthusiasm to Pope Francis’ initiatives. The book notes how some “traditional” Catholics have opposed the pope, but it argues that, in fact, the pope is more traditional than his critics for he insists on going back to Jesus’ own teachings.
The new ongoing crises such as the breakdown and rise of new ideologies, terrorism, massive advances in the sciences and in technology, as well as fundamental shifts in gender relations are further factors considered in the book. Indeed, the world is now radically different from the world of the early 1960’s when Vatican II Council was held. Due to these many radical changes, the book suggests the need for a Vatican III which would consolidate the Church’s global outreach on every continent.
Hamilton Books is offering a 30% discount for those ordering the book directly from the publisher.
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