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Dr. Larry Chapp of the popular blog Gaudium et Spes joins Spencer and Laurie for a discussion about ressourcement theology, the inspiration for the international Catholic journal Communio. Dr. Chapp cares for a Catholic Worker farm and, through his blog and numerous YouTube videos, brings his own version of Peter Maurin’s “agronomic university” to a larger audience. We share a lot in common with Dr. Chapp, both in philosophy as well as practice, as we also are attempting a Catholic Worker farm, as well as an agronomic university through the Maurin Academy.
In this discussion we not only get a clearer picture of ressourcement theology, but Chapp’s views on the relationship between the Church and people who are attempting a stronger version of living in community, such as those in the Catholic Worker movement. We discuss the unfortunate disconnect between the Church and the people, who crave guidance and support for trying new ways of living and being in the world. Along the way, we discuss what a move towards local agriculture and stronger community might mean for our struggling environment, the limits of what any individual or group can do, and why people should try anyway.
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