Teresa Forcades OSB will present on Faith and Freedom on March 31st and April 1st 2017
Teresa Forcades OSB, Spanish Benedictine nun, theologian, physician and political activist, is one of Europe’s radical thinkers. Marrying her Catholic faith with a passion for social justice, she came to prominence for her eloquent condemnation of the abuses of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. She has gone on to found a leading Catalonian anti-capitalist independence movement and is one of the leading voices in the world today against the injustices of capitalism and the patriarchy of modern society and her own church.
At Forum over her six sessions on Faith and Freedom Teresa will weave together her personal experiences with a reflection on morality, religion and politics to give a trenchant account how the Christian Faith can be a dynamic force for radical change. Placing herself in a powerful tradition of Catholic social doctrine and liberation theology, she applies her perspective to the issues most precious to her : freedom and love, social justice and political engagement, public health, feminism, faith and forgiveness.
Structured around the five canonical hours that give its peculiar rhythm to her monastic day at the Monastery of St. Benet de Montserrat in Spain Forum will offer a thoughtful and bold polemic against the exploitation and injustice of the status quo. Its call for liberty, love and justice will resonate with anyone disaffected with a savage and destructive political and economic system that marginalizes and murders the poor and undermines the very fabric of social life.
Teresa Forcades is a physician, theologian, and Benedictine nun in Catalonia, Spain. Before she took her vows in 1997, Forcades tested the other nuns by giving a talk on a group of gay Catholics who celebrated their sexuality as a gift from God. She was humbled by the nuns’ humane reaction and, so, joined them.