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A Christian Response to Sexual Addiction

by Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.

October 17 - 7pm

This CPC3 Lecture is also a Book Release event for Fr. Bellusci's new book "Love Deformed, Love Transformed: A Christian Response to Sexual Addiction".

About "Love Deformed, Love Transformed"

How is human love deformed in sexual addiction? How can human love be transformed? David Bellusci considers three signs of addiction and then, by looking at neurotic tendencies within a psychoanalytical framework, as well as the neurobiological nature of sexual pleasure, explores the causes of sexual addiction. Behavioral expression of addiction is examined in pornography, masturbation, cybersex, and multiple sexual partners.

Working within a Christian anthropology drawn from Thomas Aquinas, Bellusci considers the morality of pleasure; how pleasure suggests an antinomy of satisfaction-dissatisfaction. He explores how the fallen human condition effects the will, and the consent to sin. He concludes with a focus on how the addict may be supported, at the psychological, relational, and spiritual levels.

About Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.

Father David Bellusci belongs to the Dominican Order founded by Saint Dominic in 1216. Father Bellusci obtained his canonical licentiate in theology and doctorate in philosophy at the Dominican University College in Ottawa. His research has focused on St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Italian Renaissance/16th century Humanism.

Father Bellusci also completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska. Two of his books are available at the TWU/Norma Marion Alloway Library, Amor Dei in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and Ontology of Blue.

He has taught philosophy in Canada, Colombia and India and he works in Rome in the summer months. Father Bellusci's areas of teaching and writing include Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Moral Theology/Thomist Ethics, and Christian Scriptures.

Father Bellusci is a member of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. He joined the CPC faculty in 2017.

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No Heaven, No Scripture: Why our Bible reading needs a recovery of the contemplative life

by Hans Boersma

November 21 - 7pm

About "No Heaven, No Scripture"

The Bible cannot be read apart from its spiritual end, which is the heavenly contemplation
of God in Christ. By ignoring this, contemporary biblical scholarship runs the danger of
forgetting both Scripture’s final cause (the heavenly presence of God) and its divine
character. It is contemplative reading that puts us in tune with the purposes of God. So,
while action and contemplation together make up the Christian life, the latter has a kind of
priority: contemplation (love of God) is our final end. It is the driving force that guides the
active life (the life of virtue) as well as our reading of Scripture.

About Hans Boersma

Hans Boersma (PhD University of Utrecht) holds the St. Benedict Servants of Christ Chair in
Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House in Wisconsin. His books include Seeing God: The
Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition (Eerdmans, 2018); Scripture as Real Presence (Baker
Academic, 2017); and Heavenly Participation (Eerdmans, 2011). Among Boersma’s
theological interests are Catholic thought, the church fathers, and spiritual interpretation of
Scripture. Hans and his wife Linda attend Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church (ACNA) in
Abbotsford, BC.

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