A SCHOLAR’S REACTION

When John Haught, a theologian and Teilhard scholar was interviewed by journalists about the proposed proposed lifting of the Vatican’s 1962 warning against Teilhard de Chardin’s writings, he replied that “most of those who really care about Teilhard had already dismissed the relevance of the 1962 Monitum long ago. It was ignored, for example, during the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). In fact the imprint of Teilhard’s thought is all over one of its main documents, ‘The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World’.”  

John Haught and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

In support of his opinion, Haught referred to his 2015 book Resting on the Future. “I would add,” he sad, “now that the very qualities of that document that Ratzinger found too ‘French’ are the ones that have endeared me to the document and that I believe are essential to Catholicism’s long term survival. I could not resist adding an excerpt from Resting on the Future which I think is applicable more than ever today.” Continue reading “A SCHOLAR’S REACTION” »

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TEILHARD VINDICATED?

                     As some of you may already know, there is exciting news from Rome.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Pontifical Council for Culture was meeting in Plenary Assembly to discuss the topic of “The Future of Humanity: New Challenges to Anthropology.”  During the discussions the name of Teilhard de Chardin arose several times, invoking his “seminal thoughts,” according to an account by John Farrell in Forbes.  Quite spontaneously a proposal surfaced to ask the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to rescind the 1962 Monitum that warned against reading the works of Teilhard.   The proposal was accepted by the Plenary Assembly and submitted to the Pope.  This generated headlines around the globe similar to this one in Forbes.  “Vatican Council Asks the Pope to Exonerate Jesuit Scientist’s Writings.”

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ACCESSING TEILHARD’S PAST

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are grateful to you, our supporters, who have brought us this far in our documentary on Teilhard.  This year has been very rich, with an extensive filming trip to China in May.  We wrote you about that earlier, though we still have more to tell you.  But just recently we went to France to research locations there for a filming trip coming up in May, 2018.  Our first stop was the Museum national d’histoire naturelle.  

The Paris National Museum of Natural History includes several buildings.  The Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy is where Teilhard studied under Marcelin Boule starting in 1912.  His studies were interrupted when he was called up to serve in WWI in 1914 and continued after the war.  After receiving his doctorate in 1920 he worked in the museum under Boule’s direction.

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A cosmic project: Teilhard

by Kathleen Duffy

View of dunes on Mars taken by Curiosity (NASA)

I’m excited about a project that I would like to share with you. I’m working on an honor for a friend of mine — Jesuit Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Although I have never met Teilhard in person, his writings have been one of the greatest inspirations in my life. I have come to know him during my own long search for how to be both scientist and believer. Without his help, my faith and spirituality would never be as strong as they are.

My friend Teilhard was a priest, distinguished scientist (geologist and paleontologist), philosopher, theologian, mystic, and one of the most influential and visionary thinkers of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century. And now I would like to encourage the church to add one more title and declare him a doctor of the church. Continue reading “A cosmic project: Teilhard” »

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The New Cosmic Story

Check out John Haught’s new book, The New Cosmic Story, which looks at the universe through the lens of Big History, taking us another step forward in pursuit of “The New Story.”   Haught is an advisor to The Teilhard de Chardin project.

John F. Haught, The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe (New Haven: Yale University Press, October 2017). The following is adapted from the book’s Introduction.

Over the past two centuries scientists have learned that the universe is a story still being told. New scientific awareness of the long cosmic preamble to human history has inspired attempts recently to connect the relatively short span of our own existence to the longer epic of the universe. These efforts, known as Big History, try to tell the story of everything that has taken place in the past, including what was going on in the universe long before Homo sapiens arrived.

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