Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, spoke Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Duke University as part of the Religions and Public Life speaker series, an initiative sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Divinity School and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.
Approximately 100 people gathered to listen to Cardinal George discuss topics including theology, the Second Vatican Council, the human race as a human family, universal order for the common good, and globalization. “On the one hand, globalization has connected people and places around the world in ways not earlier known to humanity,” explained Cardinal George. “On the other hand, those very connections have created a density of relationships that can become overwhelming and even oppressively isolating.”
“In the global organization that we are presented with, culturally, there is no single narrative,” the Cardinal said, “but Pope Paul VI said there is a fundamental narrative for globalization that respects pluralism … it’s the spirituality of the Good Samaritan.”
Cardinal George recounted several personal experiences, such as a 1999 trip to Mexico City, where he acted as a secretary for Pope John Paul II, during the late Holy Father’s visit to sign Ecclesia in America, an Apostolic Exhortation that serves as a guide for the Church in America to live out the Gospel in the new Millennium and to encourage the faithful to further develop a personal encounter with Jesus.
Antony Bishop, a Divinity School graduate student from Fayetteville, was among those in attendance. He explained that the talk gave him the opportunity to hear from one of the leading Catholic theologians in the United States.
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Above: Francis Cardinal George speaking at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Divinity School and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University.