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7-3-2002

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What is the most important theological issue for the Catholic Church today?

Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino clearly states that the first most vital issue for the American Catholic Church is the connection between faith and social justice. Secondly, she believes in the importance of the Church’s reaction to social movements of recent years such as capitalism, democratization, and globalization. She also speaks of the feminist critique of the church and how it is posing the greatest challenge for the Church and its hierarchy.

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About the Interviewee:

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D. teaches at the University of San Diego. She is a Catholic Latina Theologian whose primary areas are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. She was co-founder and first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and has authored more than fifty books and journal articles.

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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