Readings and discussions at the Seminar focused on the timely theme of “Catholic Teachings on Socialism and Capitalism.” In addition to excerpts from Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom, participants read from Albert Einstein’s essay “Why Socialism” and Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, as well as Centesimus Annus, Pope St. John Paul II’s “re-reading” of Rerum Novarum 100 years later.
“I thought we communicated well with each other and thought positively of the conclusions that were made,” said Rev. Gerald Murray, pastor of New York’s Holy Family Catholic Church. “We had an enthusiastic and respectful discussion,” added President’s Council member Tom Donahoe. “By sticking strictly to the text, we weren’t able to wander off course.”
Between seminars, attendees enjoyed delicious meals and delightful conversations. At Saturday night’s dinner in Tracy Student Center, students played musical pieces and sang for the group.
“It was wonderful to get to bring our Seminar Weekends to the New England campus,” says Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly, the College’s president-elect and vice president for advancement. “We got to discuss important texts with many of our East Coast friends and give them a taste of the life-changing educational experience that they make possible for our students.”