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Deep in Scripture 2014

Fr. Benedict Groeschel Memorial Episode — “Authentic and Inauthentic Renewal”

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October 16, 2014 No Comments

On this special episode of Deep in Scripture, Marcus and Ken forego the usual discussion for an excerpt from a talk by Fr. Benedict Groeschel in honor of his passing.

Study Questions:

  • How did the Black Death in 1350 effect the Catholic Church?
  • How did William of Ockham’s theory of arbitrariness effect the Reformation?
  • Why does Fr. Groeschel state that Calvinism is theologically closer to Catholicism than Lutheranism?
  • What point does Fr. Groeschel make about celibacy in the Middle Ages?
  • Who were some of the female reformers in the Middle Ages and how did these women go about reforming from within the Catholic Church? What quality united all reformers, Protestant and Catholic?
  • Why does Fr. Groeschel believe the Catholic Church today is in desperate need of renewal? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

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feat. Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Fr. Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR is the host of the EWTN talk program Sunday Night Prime with Father Benedict Groeschel. He is the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York. He is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia. He is one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest in 1959. He received a master’s degree in counseling from Iona College in 1964 and a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University in 1971. Fr. Groeschel passed into Eternal Life on October 3, 2014, on the anniversary of the death of St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of his order.


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