ALERT PHOENIX! 26-27 August – Two talks you do NOT want to miss!

In the Catholic Sun, issued by the Diocese of Phoenix, I see advertised something that you do NOT want to miss if you are anywhere in the vicinity.

Priest with Vatican, Phoenix ties to share Church’s wisdom in Scottsdale

Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA, president of the Patristic Institute and Professor of Patristic Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is vacationing in the Valley and agreed to give two separate talks open to the public. His talks are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27 at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish, 1030 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale (map).

The first night will cover “The Year of Two Popes.” Fr. Dodaro, an Augustinian priest who was once a parishioner at St. Theresa in Phoenix, will examine the transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis and the difference between the two popes.

The president of the Patristic Institute and consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will present “The Church: Who’s in it and who’s not? Who’s saved and who’s not” Aug. 27. His talk will examine the relation between membership in the Church and salvation from the perspective of St. Augustine of Hippo and current Roman Catholic teaching. Fr. Dodaro is a specialist in the theology of St. Augustine.

A Q-and-A follows each talk.

I wish I were in Phoenix.  I would go.  I hope the talks are being recorded.  Brilliant speaker.  Hard-identity Catholicism.

Fr. Dodaro is also the author of one of the best books on St. Augustine out there. It is a hard book, however, and not for the average reader.

Christ and the Just Society in the Thought of Augustine

Please go.  And tell him Fr. Z sent you!

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  1. HyacinthClare says:

    Get yourself here and we’ll put you up at our place, Father!

  2. APX says:

    If you can get yourself to Great Falls, MT there is an airline company that does flights to Pheonix and Las Vegas for less than $100.

  3. Fantastic conference topic, I really wish I could make it. I hope the man is into the ‘ecclesiocentrism’ spoken of in Dominus Iesus 21 and the beautiful theology taught in Lumen Gentium 8, 14, which is in my opinion the most genius text in the entire Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, read in light of, for instance, the Confession of Faith of the Fourth Ecumenical Council of the Lateran. Wonderful stuff.

  4. If you know people in Phoenix, call them and tell them to go.

  5. Bea says:

    We’re 3 hours south of Phx.
    My husband can’t travel much.
    Maybe I’ll find a friend with whom I can go (I can’t travel much either).
    I’ll certainly spread the message to people here and a few friends in Phx.

  6. Charliebird says:

    Fr. Z: it would be greatly appreciated if you could find a way, via your blog, to alert us to any recordings or transcripts of the talks. It would be another invaluable spiritual service provided by your apostolate! I am particularly interested on the issue of the Church and salvation – I am slowly putting together a book on the topic. Thank you again, dear Father.

  7. Elizium23 says:

    My lovely parish and Fr. Dodaro is a good friend of mine. Regrettably, I will not personally be present for these because I am out of town! So I will be as noisy as possible and make all my friends go. Maybe next time for me.

  8. mysticalrose says:

    Fr. Dodaro will also be speaking at Villanova University on the somewhat more esoteric title:
    Language Matters: Augustine’s Use of Literary Decorum Theory in Theological Argument. The talk is September 10 at 7:30 pm.

  9. TimG says:

    I took a quick peek at Bp Olmsted’s website. What a great shepherd….everything appears very solid there.

  10. Elizabeth D says:

    What I love about this is that there is such a thing as a good “hard identity Catholic” Augustinian friar. I love Saint Augustine!!!

  11. Charliebird says:

    Is there a video of the conference or are there any resources available from the talk on “The Church: Who’s in it and who’s not? Who’s saved and who’s not” Aug. 27?

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