Vincent J. Miller, Ph.D., the Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, delivered an address on “The Church and Work for Justice in the World: From Vatican II to Today” to a full Alumni Chapel on March 20.
The prominent Catholicism expert spent just over an hour discussing the dynamic between the tenets of Vatican II and the values of today’s society, which often contain some sense of cynicism.
“The church is linked to the world here, not only as a way to offer salvation, but also as part of the world,” he said. “A faith that believes that God saves is always on the line. The Church is obviously associated with a much higher calling. Can this right here be saved, or is the world too far gone to be saved?”
The speech was part of the Henry and Grace McNulty Lecture Series on Religion in the Modern World, presented annually at Niagara University to address issues related to social justice and interreligious dialogue. The series was established by the late Rev. Thomas P. McGourty, C.M., a professor of religious studies at NU, in memory of his late aunt and uncle.
Dr. Miller was appointed as the first Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture in 2009. He is an expert on religion and politics, religion and consumer culture, the U.S. Catholic Church’s involvement in politics and public policy, social justice, and the moral consequences of budgetary policies. He is author of Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture and is currently working on a book on the effect of globalization on religious belief. Formerly of Georgetown University, Dr. Miller has been widely sought for his comments on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the global financial crisis, Catholic social teaching and the federal budget’s impact on the poor.
Dr. Miller has been interviewed by Fox News (“The O’Reilly Factor”), The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Catholic News Service, Religion News Service.