Sunday, March 18, 2007

“Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics and the Body of Christ” -- SMU Winona Mar 19

The Holy Eucharist is everywhere. I have just finished reading Scott Hahn's "The Lamb's Supper" and am working my way through it again. Hahn asserts that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the key to understanding the Book of Revelation in the Bible; and vice versa.

Last week, the Holy Father released his Apostolic Exhortation, "Sacramentum Caritatis", the Sacrament of Charity, on the Holy Eucharist, as the gift that Jesus Christ makes of himself, thus revealing to us God's infinite love for everyone.

And now, down in Winona, in hopes of deepening understanding and sparking discussion, St Mary's University will host University of St Thomas theology professor and author William Cavanaugh, who will speak Monday night on torture, terror and resistance.

In his lecture, Cavanaugh will draw on his experiences and the research he amassed for his book “Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics and the Body of Christ.”

He hopes his speech will renew awareness. Torture techniques, such electric shock and “water boarding,” which simulates drowning by repeatedly dunking a person’s head under water, and other physical and psychological methods of torture “are not used only by other so-called ‘backwards’ countries,” Cavanaugh said, but also by the U.S. in the War on Terror.

Susan Windley-Daoust, an assistant professor of theology at Saint Mary’s, said torture is a relevant topic for all Americans — especially Catholics.

“It’s important, particularly for a Catholic school, to raise moral questions and respond appropriately to these topics,” she said. Read More Here in the Winona Daily News
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