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4-14-2002

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What contribution have the Jesuits made to the American Church?

Jesuit Paul Fitzgerald discusses what he believes is the greatest gift of Jesuits to America, which is the ability to see God in every moment and every aspect of life in the light of Ignatius. He refers to this view of life as "hopeful realism" and Catholics ability to see the world as it is, but also in union with the divine. Fitzgerald also discusses the contribution that Jesuit Education has given to American Catholics, and how this has created an educated Church unlike ever before.

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Playing Time: 5.24 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Rev. Dr. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. is the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He formerly taught theology at Santa Clara University and has written on a variety of theological topics. He received doctorates from La Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris and specializes in Sociology of Religion and Practical Theology.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include “how people learn”; “the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning” and “myth as explanatory narrative”. He has published work on teaching with technology.

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