Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell was invited, along with a select number of university leaders, to Rome by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace for an international conference entitled “The University and the Social Doctrine of the Church.”
Held on November 17 and 18, the conference brought the leaders together in order to facilitate a “working together towards an authentic integral humanism.”
Speakers included Cardinal Renato Martino, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, and many other priests and professors from across the globe.
O’Donnell said that the conference provided a wonderful opportunity to highlight the new Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, compiled by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
“Universities and colleges have a special role to play in ensuring that this vital source of magisterial teaching concerning the common good and a just social order be communicated effectively to a new generation of students.” O’Donnell said. “I was pleased to have had the opportunity to meet so many other Catholics involved in education and speak with them concerning one of our core courses at Christendom, Political Science and Economics 202, which teaches the social teachings of the Church.”
In a message from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, Pope Benedict XVI extended his apostolic blessing to all participants. “The social doctrine of the Church,” Cardinal Bertone said, “can be found exactly at the point in which faith purifies reason and charity purifies justice.”
For more information about the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace look to www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/index.htm