|Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture|
The University of St. Thomas created the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series to explore the wisdom and the riches of this tradition. The series brings world-renowned scholars to Houston to explore the many ways in which people of faith shed light upon the meaning of human existence. In America today there is a tendency among some to think of religion and intellectual life as adversaries. A major task of a Catholic university is to counteract this tendency by revealing the remarkable wealth of the Catholic intellectual tradition. This tradition, beginning with the theology of the Fathers of the Church, includes the monastic preservation of the records of classical culture and the medieval invention of the university, and continues in modern investigations of how faith can transform our thinking about society, culture, justice and peace.
Started in 1995 by former UST President Joseph McFadden, the Lecture Series serves to remind the University community and greater Houstonpublic that religious faith goes hand in hand with critical thinking. Among the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecutrers are Father Leonared Boyle, OP; Judge John T. Noonan; Father Owen Lee, CSB; George Weigel; Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ; Michael O’Brien; Cardinal Renato Martino; Peter Kreeft; Father Richard John Neuhaus; Sister Prudence Allen; and Dr. Patrick Lee.