February 20 7:30–8:30pm
Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington
Keystone of Society: The Family according to Chesterton
Dr. Pia de Solenni
The most important things we can discover are often things we already know. G.K. Chesterton is a voice for the present moment and for the New Evangelization, in the central place he gives to things local and particular and especially the family. What does he remind us about the family as the indispensable cell and building block of any real society? And as the hearth for nurturing mature human beings destined for an eternity that is even bigger than anything “global”? In his autobiography Chesterton recalls how his grandfather (a local “monument and a landmark”) “kept up the ancient Christian tradition of singing at the dinner-table.” Also at the table, we find John Paul II and his Familiaris Consortio (the Community of the Family, 1981), with the invitation that “the future of humanity passes by way of the family.” What more is on Chesterton’s serving tray?
Pia de Solenni earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts-Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, a B.A. in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, a Sacred Theology Licentiate and a Ph.D. in Sacred Theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. For her doctoral work, Pope John Paul II personally conferred on Dr. de Solenni the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies. As an ethicist and cultural analyst, Dr. de Solenni owns her own consulting firm, Diotima Consulting, and specializes in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. She has appeared on as several national radio and television talk shows, and her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor and National Review Online.