Dialogue and Proclamation in Catholic Universities

March 15, 2018

In this article Fr. David Hollenbach, S.J., explores how the relationship between dialogue and proclamation impacts the way Catholic universities carry out their intellectual and educational work. Dialogue and proclamation, in fact, are not alternative elements today. They are integrally linked in a credible and successful approach to evangelization today. The importance of this relationship can be seen in light of several considerations. First, there are important aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition that show how much the link between dialogue and proclamation shapes what these institutions can contribute to the mission of the Church. Second, commitment in dialogue will be fundamental in addressing students of today about the importance of religious faith and its role in their existence. Finally, the role of dialogue in promoting greater appreciation of the Christian faith has implications for the curricula, research, and other programs of Catholic universities today. The English and Spanish PDFs are provided courtesy of La Civiltà Cattolica, the article's original publisher.

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