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Fall 2015


Boston College Roundtable


From my standpoint as a sociologist, a great value of this paper, and also the bringing together of a scientist and a theologian, is the ability to use historical understanding to inform our assumptions about where the Church and our societies are headed in this modern context. Indeed, this bringing together of seemingly very different disciplines and ways of thinking may be what can ultimately move us out of some of our most intransient issues, both in the Catholic Church and in our societies. But more than that, this paper and our discussions can also reinvigorate our thinking and practice about the value that our colleges can bring to the world today. So I will start by raising a few observations and questions from the content of the paper using social change theories as a means to reflect on the three economic changes that Dr. Finn discusses and how they relate to the classical or historical-minded views of Church teachings. Then I will look briefly at the two teachings that have not changed and raise some other questions about what it means for us to be working in institutions training students for the future while being steeped in a very deep historical tradition.


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