Friday, June 6, 2008

St. Paul Seminary to host forum on John Paul II and 'Humanae Vitae' - June 16

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On the 40th anniversary of the 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Hu­man Life"), the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas will bring together scholars to explore Pope John Paul II's contribution to a deeper understanding of the encyclical.

"The Legacy of John Paul II in Light of Humanae Vitae" forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the university's St. Paul campus. It is free and open to the public.

Three scholars who have made significant contributions to theology will speak:

Janet Smith, the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, has written and lectured extensively on "Humanae Vitae" and will be the St. Paul Seminary's first scholar in residence this fall.

Michael Waldstein, Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University, Naples, Fla., recently published a definitive translation of John Paul II's theology of the body.

Peter Colosi, assistant professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Gaming, Austria, has written extensively on Christian personalism with an emphasis on the work of John Paul II.

The forum is being held in conjunction with a June 16 to 18 conference on "'Humanae Vitae,' the Person and the Thought of John Paul II." Catholic Spirit

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