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Fr. James Brent, O.P., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was homilist at the annual Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass was broadcast on EWTN, and video of Fr. Brent’s homily is available online.

In the Catholic Culture Podcast, theology professor Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., discussed a class which he taught on the arts, contemplation, and virtue in the Fall semester of 2018.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Vice President and Academic Dean, is joined by Brian Patrick and Dr. Matthew Bunson for The Church Alive, a new weekly EWTN radio show which reviews the liturgical calendar and analyzes happenings with the Church and the world. The program airs every Saturday at 7am and 1pm Eastern time; the premiere episode is available on SoundCloud.

Fr. Petri was guest host for two days of coverage on the Synod for Youth on EWTN TV, on October 17 and October 18. He was also quoted in two articles on synodality, in Catholic News Service (by Ed Condon) and the National Catholic Register (by Edward Pentin). He also reflected on the beauty and power of the Advent O Antiphons at the National Catholic Register.

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., spoke on “Purifying the Clergy After the Scandals of 2018,”  for the Napa Institute’s Conference on Authentic Catholic Reform. The talk is available on SoundCloud.

Fr. Stephen Ryan, O.P., Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, has published an article, “The Deuterocanonical Books in Contemporary Catholic Liturgy,” in Interpretation 72 (2018) 418-29.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., was asked by Catholic News Agency to comment on the burning of a rainbow banner by a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Fr. John Corbett, O.P., Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, has had an article published in the Pontifical College Josephinum Journal of Theology, titled “The Universal Call to Holiness and Eschatological Contrast: The Relationship Between Infused and Acquired Moral Virtues.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., has commented on Amoris Laetitia in a story for the Catholic News Agency.

Dr. Brian Carl, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is among the signatories of “An Open Letter From Young Catholics,” published in First Things.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., was on EWTN News Nightly, and EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, discussing Pope Francis’ revision of the Catechism regarding capital punishment. He also was quoted in an article on the same subject for the Catholic News Agency.

Theology professor Fr. Basil Cole, O.P, was interviewed by Thomas V. Mirus for the Catholic Culture Podcast, on the subject of Music and Morals, the subject of Fr. Cole’s dissertation and his 1993 book.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., commented on Catholic doctrine and the nature of sexual orientation in a story for the Catholic News Agency. “God loves all people. This is his defining characteristic: God is love,” said Fr. Petri, “But he does not love sin, indeed he cannot love sin because sin is not only opposed to God but also opposed to the true good and happiness to which he calls every human person.”

On May 15, the Catholic Information Center hosted a panel discussion on euthanasia and assisted suicide, with Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Vice President and Academic Dean; Bobby Schindler, M.S., brother of Terri Schiavo and president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; and Wesley J. Smith, JD, National Review Online contributor and author of Culture of Death: The Age of ‘Do Harm’ Medicine. Video of the discussion is available on the Catholic Information Center’s web page.

Saint Benedict Press has released Credo, a groundbreaking RCIA video program that carefully teaches catechumens the key tenets of the Faith. The accompanying guide book walks candidates through the course, introduces them to the treasures of the Catholic faith, and is a valuable reference during their formation and beyond. Faculty and alumni authors and contributors include Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Fr. Raymund Snyder, O.P., Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.

On March 14, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Director of the Thomistic Institute, gave a Lenten reflection on the fourth of the Seven Last Words of Christ, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)

Fr. Petri commented on Catholic teaching on gun laws, for EWTN News Nightly.

Dr. Jem Sullivan, who serves as Secretary for Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, wrote an article for the Catholic Standard on “The Gift of a Catholic Education.” She expanded on the article in an interview on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory,” discussing faith and reason, school affordability, the role of beauty in evangelization, and the challenges of schools in maintaining a Catholic identity.

Fr. Petri recently discussed the Dominican custom of praying for their deceased parents, in an interview with Catholic News Agency. He was also recently featured in the National Catholic Register, in an article on priests who are on social media. Fr. Petri may be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Fr. Jordan Schmidt, O.P., Instructor in Sacred Scripture, discussed the proper role of a scripture scholar on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory.”

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., was celebrant and homilist at the Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas. The annual Mass is held in association with The Catholic University of America (CUA) and the National Catholic Educational Association during National Catholic Schools Week.

Of The Light of Christ, published by The Catholic University of America Press, author Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., says, “My goal is to make explicit in a few broad strokes the shape of Catholicism. I hope to outline its inherent intelligibility, or form, as a mystery that is at once visible and invisible, ancient and contemporary, mystical and reasonable.” Fr. White was awarded the Charles Cardinal Journet Prize by the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University. Fr. White appeared on EWTN Radio’s “Morning Glory.” He discussed his book at the Catholic Information Center, was interviewed by Catholic World Report, and appeared on EWTN News Nightly. Writing in the National Catholic Register, Fr. Paul Scalia says that Fr. White “shines the light of serious teaching and reflection into the darkness of emotionalism.” In First Things, George Weigel puts the The Light of Christ in his yearly list of recommendations for Christmas gifts, writing, “His work exemplifies the Catholic renaissance inspired by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and his book makes the searching skeptic think, and then think again, about what the fullness of Catholic faith means.”

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