Website Review: Woodstock Theological Center
A review based on: http://woodstock.georgetown.edu
The Woodstock Theological Center was an independent, Jesuit-sponsored research institute located at Georgetown University that carried out theological and ethical reflection on the most pressing human issues of the day. Drawing on the Roman Catholic tradition, the Woodstock Center was ecumenically open, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative with, among others, the business community, government, religious groups, universities, other research centers, and the media.
The Jesuit Provincials of Maryland, New York, and New England, along with the other members of the Board of Trustees of Woodstock Theological Center, have decided to discontinue Woodstock’s activities as an independent ministry. A process of lengthy discernment and assessment of the enormous transformations and human and material resources of the Society of Jesus in the U.S. has led to this decision with great reluctance. In Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J.,’s De Statu Statement at the 2012 Jesuit Congregation of Procurators in Nairobi, he reminded us that the most important challenge facing us as we look to the future of our mission is that of “refining our discernment.” It is impossible to “make our service deep, fully in harmony with our vocation, our spirit, and the demands of professional work in today’s world… without a delicate but firm discernment that determines what we can do reasonably well today with the resources and numbers that we have.”
While this is important work in today's society, this Center fell very short. It seems that the truly Catholic perspective was sacrificed for a more "mainstream" approach to these issues.
Review Ratings what do these ratings mean?
First Evaluated: 10/26/1998; Last Updated: 02/11/2014
- Fidelity: Danger!
- Resources: Fair
- Useability: Excellent
- Writings of St. Ignatius Loyola, includes a search engine Resources
- Fidelity: Numerous articles by Thomas J. Reese, S.J., whose work is recommended on the Call to Action website.
- Fidelity: Unorthodox links Example(s)
- Fidelity: A large number of articles and columns written by Woodstock fellows appear in America and The National Catholic Reporter, both of which have been spreading dissent against the authority of the Church for years. Example(s)
- Fidelity: Their "Religious Publications on the Web" section is filled with dissident publications.
- Fidelity: Journel of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.
Issues > Controversies
Institutions > Religious Communities
Woodstock Theological Center
Georgetown University, Box 571137
Washington, DC 20057-1137
(202) 687-5835 (fax)
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