The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada announced the Catholic Press Awards and the Catholic Press Association Book Awards. Two titles published by the University of Notre Dame Press received CPA Book Awards.
Authenticity as Self-Transcendence: The Enduring Insights of Bernard Lonergan by Michael H. McCarthy was named 2016 Catholic Press Association Book Award, Second Place in Theology.
For over fifty years, McCarthy, professor emeritus of philosophy at Vassar College, has carefully studied the writings of Canadian philosopher-theologian Bernard Lonergan. In his 1989 book, The Crisis of Philosophy, McCarthy argued for the superiority of Lonergan’s distinctive philosophical project to those of his analytic and phenomenological rivals. Now in Authenticity as Self-Transcendence: The Enduring Insights of Bernard Lonergan, he develops and expands his earlier argument with four new essays, designed to show Lonergan’s exceptional relevance to the cultural situation of late modernity.
The 2016 Catholic Press Association Book Award, Honorable Mention in History went to Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome by George E. Demacopoulos, the Fr. John Meyendorff and Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University.
This study is the first to advance the argument that there is a clear connection between the pontiff’s thought and his actions. By exploring unique aspects of Gregory’s ascetic theology, wherein the summit of Christian perfection is viewed in terms of service to others, Demacopoulos argues that the very aspects of Gregory’s theology that made him distinctive were precisely the factors that structured his responses to the practical crises of his day.