- Sep 21, 2020
With coronavirus restrictions continuing to relax throughout Europe, pontifical universities in Rome are busy planning for an in-person academic year with new health and sanitary measures in place to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.
On Monday Pope Francis announced a new 3-year interdisciplinary course on peace-making at the Pontifical Lateran University, urging bishops, religious superiors and lay leaders to enroll or to send students in a bid to overcome the violence and destruction gripping much of the global community.
The “Ratzinger Schuelerkreis,” a group of former students of Pope Benedict XVI, has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop, and this year they’re focusing on Europe’s “spiritual crisis.”
Christianity in elite academia? It’s risky business. That’s the conventional wisdom anyway. Yet there was Professor Jeffrey Reimer, chair of chemical and biochemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, defying that wisdom this week at another uber-elite bastion of secular humanism, Harvard. “I was a newly appointed associate dean