Christendom College history professors, Dr. Christopher Shannon and Prof. Christopher J. Lane, along with philosophy professor, Dr. John Cuddeback, have penned articles that have recently appeared in the press. Writing for Crisis Magazine, Shannon examines the role of Romano Guardini in defining the New Evangelization. Appearing in Crisis as well, Lane explores the rise of Japan’s hidden Christians. Cuddeback’s article, at Aleteia.org, warns of the dangers of romantic love, if it is not properly ordered and disciplined.
Shannon, who currently holds a fellowship from the Historical Society of Boston University, describes Guardini as having a serious influence on Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope John Paul II.
As Benedict XVI prepared to step down from his pontificate, he offered the following words to those who feared that his resignation marked a dangerous departure from tradition: “The Church is not an institution devised and built at table, but a living reality. She lives along the course of time by transforming Herself, like any living being, yet Her nature remains the same. At Her heart is Christ.” These words were not his own, but rather those of his intellectual mentor, Romano Guardini…
Lane, a PhD candidate at Notre Dame University, examines the role of the Franciscan and Jesuit martyrs in establishing Christianity in Japan, which became hidden due to intense persecution.
For over two hundred years, the “hidden Christians” survived underground, without priests and without contact with the wider Church. During the time of the missions, a perpetual shortage of priests led missionaries to train a lay Japanese leadership for service as preachers, catechists, visitors of the poor and sick, and even occasional ministers of baptism. Thus, as Japanese Catholics lost their priests in the persecution, they fell back on that well-developed lay leadership.
In his weekly column at Aleteia.org Cuddeback discusses how there are many instances when eros, or romantic love, simply needs to be resisted, or rejected altogether.
It is thus that many of us who are married will have occasion to just say no to eros. It is incumbent upon all married persons, both away from and in the home, to cultivate habits of total fidelity. Our very demeanor, even while being warm and welcoming to others, must clearly proclaim that there is no place for Cupid here, for this heart is already bound to another.