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Moral Life (Life in Relationship)
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A series of webinars focused on “Moral Life”. Click on the "Webinar" link to view each webinar video. For more webinars on other topics, click on a category link in the right column.
The moral life is fundamentally the human person's response moved by attraction to beatitude as revealed in Christ. This presentation considers the renewal of moral theology as called for by the Second Vatican Council. The believer is sustained through the grace of Jesus Christ to live the life of virtue in such a way that the Beatitudes are the lived expression of faith. Attention is given to the manner in which the Holy Spirit prepares the believer to undergo the struggle and temptation which confronts the Christian in his or her attempt to follow the summons of Christ.
Monsignor. J. Brian Bransfield
He is the Associate General Secretary of the Office of the General Secretary of the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitled "Life in Christ: Renewal of Moral Theology", he served as Assistant General Secretary of the Office of the General Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretary of Evangelization and Catechesis. He earned the doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He is the author of The Human Person: According to John Paul II and Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ available from Pauline Books.
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Many see the emphasis on the rights of the Christian faithful as one of the most important contributions of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Since the promulgation of the Code there has been a strong effort to re-energize the institution of church law, concentrating on the insights of the Second Vatican Council with its emphasis on collaboration and consultation. This presentation will provide concrete and practical examples of the value and purpose of law and its possible help to administrators in the Church today including a presentation of some helpful essential norms of law and a discussion of the rights and obligations that are an important part of the recent legislation.
Rev. Kevin E. McKenna, JCD
Fr. McKenna is the recently appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral Community, Diocese of Rochester. He was ordained a priest for the diocese in 1977. After a few parish assignments as associate, and graduate studies in Canon Law, he served as Canonical Consultant to the Bishop, Judge in the Marriage Tribunal, Director of Legal Services and Chancellor, and pastor of St. Cecilia's Parish in Irondequoit, New York for 8 years.
His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts from St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, and a Doctorate in Canon Law from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. He has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, guest lecturer at Roberts Wesleyan College, and instructor at The Catholic University of America. He has presented numerous workshops on Canon Law for various groups around the U.S. and Canada.
He has served in a number of leadership roles (Treasurer, Vice-President, President, Past-President) and on several committees for the Canon Law Society of America. Honors include the Role of Law Award for "Outstanding Example in the Furtherance of Church Law as a Pastoral Means of Serving God's People". He is a prolific writer with many articles appearing in The Priest, Studia Canonica, Pastoral Life, Review for Religious, ParishWorks, Touchstone (National Federation of Priests' Councils), America, New Theology Review, Human Development, and Today's Parish. He serves as General Editor for the Ave Maria Press "Concise Guide" Series in Pastoral Ministry, and has authored 7 books, including A Concise Guide to Canon Law: A Practical Handbook for Pastoral Ministers (2000), and A Concise Guide to your Rights in the Catholic Church (2006), both by Ave Maria Press.
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