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Catholic social teaching is subject of Oct. 1 lecture

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies at Mercyhurst University welcomes theologian Christine Firer Hinze, Ph.D., to campus on Oct. 1 to deliver a lecture on Catholic social teaching titled, “Is Economic Solidarity Bad Economics? Reflections on Pope Francis and Catholic Social Thought.”

Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall (located in Mercyhurst’s Hirt Academic Center) and is free and open to the public.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of the Catholic faith, rooted in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. Its key themes include the life and dignity of the individual, the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, the dignity of work and the rights of workers, care for God’s creation, and more.

Mary Hembrow Snyder, Ph.D., who directs the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies, called Hinze “a formidable spokesperson for American Catholic studies, with particular emphasis on U.S. Catholic social and economic thought, workplace justice, women and families, as well as the growing gap between the rich and poor in this country and around the world.”

Hinze is professor of theology and director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. She holds a B.A. in religion and an M.A. in theology from the Catholic University of America, and a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics from the University of Chicago.

Her teaching and research focus on foundational and applied issues in Christian social ethics with special emphasis on U.S. Catholic social and economic thought, work justice, women and families. Her essays have appeared most recently in Theological Studies, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and Studies in Christian Ethics.

Born in Chicago and raised in Detroit, she taught at St. Norbert College and Marquette University before her 2006 appointment at Fordham. She and her husband Brad, also a theologian, are the parents of two sons, longtime participants in CLC (Ignatian Christian Life Communities), and members of Our Lady of Angels parish, Bronx, N.Y. 

For more information, contact Snyder at 814-824-3105 or