Modern Catholic Thinkers / Reformers

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Flannery O'Connor, Jacques Maritain, John Henry Newman, Sigrid Undset

Flannery O’Connor ___  Jacques Maritain ___ John Henry Newman __ Sigrid Undset

Resources/Links to a Sample of Modern Catholic Theologians / Historians / Writers/Activists Religious Reformers The modern Catholic tradition contains an array of distinguished scholars who have major contributions to diverse disciplines: theologians, philosophers, political theorists, social scientists, and scientists.  In the arts there have been many noteworthy painters,  sculptors, architects, poets, novelists, musicians, etc.  In the public square, there have been important activists, social reformers and statesmen.  In the domain of spirituality and religious reform, there has been an array of important religious reformers.  Converts to Catholicism have played a remarkably prominent role in shaping modern Catholic culture. The following list is selective and dependent, in part, on the availability of significant web resources for particular authors.   

              1. Theology/Philosophy/History
              2. Literature
              3. Science
              4. Social and Political Reformers
              5. Modern Art

 1. Theology/Philosophy/History/Social Studies

 2. Literature

3. Science

4. Social / Political Reformers

    • Fr. Pedro Arrupe: (1907-1991) Jesuit who served in Hiroshima Japan, survived the atomic bomb (1945) and ministered to the wounded. Superior General of the Jesuit order from 1965-1983, Arrupe was noted for his focus on mission to the poor. See his address Men for Others (1973). Also: Video on the life and legacy of Fr. Pedro Arrupe.
    • Dorothy Day  (1897-1980):  An American Marxist and atheist, Dorothy Day converted to Catholicism during the 1920s.   She was the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Selected online writings: Dorothy Day Collection
    • Gustavo Gutierrez (b.1928): Peruvian Dominican theologian regarded as one of the main founders of the liberation theology movement.
    • Claude Ryan  (1926-2004): Quebec-Canadian, politician and public intellectual. Ryan was a significant figure in Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.
    • Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997): founded a major religious order working with the dying and the marginalized.
    • Archbishop Romero (1917-1980): Archbishop of San Salvador known for his outspoken stance against social and political injustice.  Romero was assassinated while celebrating mass in 1980.  For an online English translation of a selection of Archbishop Romero’s sermons see: Romero, The Violence of Love.
    • Thomas Merton (1915-1968): American convert, Trappist monk, well-known author in contemporary spirituality. Spearheaded interreligious dialogue.
    • Jean Vanier (b.1928): Canadian, founder of the L’Arche movement, an international federation of communities that includes persons with intellectual disabilities.  His Catholic Aristotelian approach offers a unique approach to human vulnerability.
    • Lech Walesa (b.1943):  Noble laureate, Catholic human rights activist, and former leader of the Solidarity movement that played a central role in the liberation of Poland from communist dictatorship.

5. Modern Art

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