Loyola at a Glance
Leader in Catholic studies shines light on discords within the Church
December 14, 2012
The Catholic Church is often viewed by its parishioners as a source of peace and solidarity. However, for centuries there have been historic power struggles and strained relations within its inner circles. The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, explores the sometimes fiery relationships, both historical and modern, among three crucial sources for the life of the Church in his talk, “The Church, Bishops and Theologians: A Dynamic Tension.”
Heft’s presentation will be held at Loyola University New Orleans on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Danna Student Center’s St. Charles Room at 7 p.m. This special event is part of Loyola’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series and is free and open to the public.
In addition to being the founder and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, Heft also holds the Alton Brooks Professorship of Religion for USC in Los Angeles. He was ordained in 1973 with the Society of Mary (Marianists) and received a doctorate degree in historical theology in 1977 from the University of Toronto.
For 24 years, Heft worked at the University of Dayton, serving first as chair of the theology department, then as provost and finally as chancellor. He left Dayton in 2006 to found the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and continues to be active in the Catholic education community, serving as a board member and chair of the American Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. In 2011, he was honored with the Theodore Hesburgh Award for long and distinguished service to Catholic Higher Education.
Heft has written and edited 11 books and written more than 150 articles and book chapters. He most recently wrote “Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities” (Oxford, 2011), and is currently working on a book on the mission of Catholic colleges and universities.
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