Wednesday October 3, 2007

Just War and Beyond

The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, will examine the impact Pope John Paul II had on reshaping the church's "just war" theory in an Oct. 5 public lecture.

The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, will examine the impact Pope John Paul II had on reshaping the church's "just war" theory in a 3 p.m. lecture on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Sears Recital Hall.

Heft's annual university lecture, "The International Legacy of JPII: Just War and Beyond," is open to the public. A reception will follow.

Heft will address the impact Pope John Paul II had on reshaping "just war" theory, opening more widely the doors to non-violent conflict resolution.  He will discuss how the pope set "a dramatic personal example of how forgiveness can pave the way to not just peace but also justice and human rights."

Heft is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and the Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California.  He formerly served as University professor of faith and culture and chancellor at the University of Dayton.