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In the Lógos of LovePromise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life$
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James L. Heft and Una M. Cadegan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280031.001.0001

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A Global Agenda for American Catholicism

A Global Agenda for American Catholicism

The Promise and Predicament of Catholic Intellectual Life Today

(p.195) 9 A Global Agenda for American Catholicism
In the Lógos of Love

Scott Appleby

Oxford University Press

Catholic intellectual life in the United States has primarily been housed in Catholic colleges and universities. These institutions broadened their curricula, research, faculty, and students in the years surrounding Vatican II, while embracing Catholic social teaching as a resource for engagement beyond the Church. The current generation of Catholic students is both less formed by a Catholic subculture and less inclined toward intellectual life. How, then, will Catholic intellectual life be sustained? Expanding the horizon of Catholic social engagement and spirituality beyond the United States is a promising way to engage young adults and renew the American Church. The missionary roots of American Catholic globalization, as seen in the history of religious orders such as Maryknoll, have been succeeded by a generation of students and young people committed to a discourse of global justice. This new generation’s experience may help reinvigorate theology, Catholic intellectual life, and the Church itself.

Keywords:   Catholic intellectual life, Catholic universities, global Catholicism, global justice, globalization, Maryknoll, missionary, spirituality, study abroad

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