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Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo for over fifty years. He has lectured in Latin America, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, he is “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching.” Read more by visting his website here.

 

 

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Father Bacik's Most Recent Books

"Church Matters: Bacik Reflections"

This book contains essays written over the last decade that deal with church issues under three major headings. Part One, The Baptized: Laity and Clergy, has articles on Developing a Catholic Identity, Family Life and Christian Virtues, and Catholics Voting for Pro-Choice Candidates; Part Two, Influential Leaders, treats the great missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict and the truly amazing impact of Pope Francis; Part Three, The Church at Worship, features meditations on Christmas and Easter. Each of the thirty-four essays can be read independently for personal study and reflection. Taken together, they provide broad perspectives for reflecting on contemporary church life.

"Humble Confidence"

Humble Confidence provides summaries of Karl Rahner’s main ideas on anthropology, God, Christ, and the Church, with an emphasis on their practical significance. Finally, it serves as a response to critics who claim that Rahner is passé by emphasizing the power of his theology to illumine contemporary issues with the light of the gospel. 

Father Jim Bacik Lectures

UPCOMING EVENTS:October 19, 2017 - Catholic Lutheran Dialogue

A reflection on the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant reformation. The presentation will concentrate on the history of the Catholic Lutheran dialogue, especially recent agreements on the controversial issue of justification. 

November 16, 2017

A discussion of the Pope’s recent statement on the need to continue the Vatican II liturgical reforms despite curial officials who favor the tridentine mass, insist on literal translations of the Latin text of the missal and who want to return to the past practice of the priest presiding at mass with his back to the people. 


December 9, 2017

Advent Reflection 

*all lectures are held on Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Franciscan Center  on the campus of Lourdes University (exception are Special Lectures and the Advent Reflection on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 pm)