Politics & the Pulpit: The Intersection of Faith and Public Life
FutureChurch’s 31st Annual Fall Event, entitled “Politics & The Pulpit: The intersection of faith and public life” was once again held virtually, allowing our entire community to come together across to remarkable evenings in October 2021.
Keynote Presenter: Massimo Faggioli, PhD is a leading authority on the history and administrative inner workings of the Catholic Church with specific expertise in the papacy, Vatican II, the Roman Curia, liturgical reform, new Catholic movements and on Catholicism and global politics. He is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University (Philadelphia) and a much published author and commentator. Professor Faggioli is one of the foremost scholars on the intersection of American Catholicism and the state of democracy in the United States. He examines and charts both the impact and potential threats to democratic ideals as our increasingly “unique” brand of American Catholicism, embraced by a majority of U.S. Bishops and funded by weathly conservative donors, is wedded to a democracy increasing invested in free wheeling capitalism that eschews social safety networks.
2021 Louis J. Trivison Award Recipient: FutureChurch presents Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, with the 2021 Louis J. Trivison in recognition her prophetic work and ministry against the death penalty which has led to significant change in Church teaching. Over the decades, Sister Helen has made personal approaches to two popes: John Paul II and Pope Francis, urging them to establish the Catholic Church’s position as unequivocally opposed to capital punishment under any circumstances. After Sister Helen’s urging, under John Paul II, the catechism was revised to strengthen the church’s opposition to executions, although it allowed for a very few exceptions. Not long after meeting with Sister Helen in August of 2018, Pope Francis announced new language of the Catholic Catechism which declares that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, with no exceptions. Sr. Helen offers remarks following the presentation of the award.
2021 Christine Schenk, CSJ Award for Young Catholic Leaders Recipient: FutureChurch presents Chloe Becker with the 2021 Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leaders in recognition of her commitment to creating art that lifts up the lives of underrepresented saints and Catholics of color and calls on all Catholics to engage in the work of racial justice. Chloe Becker is a recent graduate of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio and a member of the Harvard University Class of 2025. Currently taking a “gap year,” Chloe has created all of the art for FutureChurch’s Women Witnesses for Racial Justice series. Chloe offers remarks following the presentation of the award.