... Father Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., who is stepping down, on July 15th, from the presidency of the school after eleven years of service in that position. From The Gonzaga Witness:
Father has several books long overdue for publishing, including Jesus-Emmanuel: Evidence of the Divinity of Christ and the Unconditional Love of God (Ignatius 2010), Suffering and the Unconditional Love of God (submitted to Ignatius for possible 2010 publication), and New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (Eerdmans 2009), the latter many of us have experienced in lecture form in Father's Faith and Reason course. Father has spent seven years writing these books and is looking forward to working one-third time on the publication of six other books in the next two years-"I have these six books in my head, and they have been there for quite some time. I really need to do a 'data dump' and get them onto the laptop so they can see the light of day. My underwriters are willing to make this possible."
In addition to this, Father Spitzer will be moving to Orange County, California, where he will be conducting audio-visual lectures for ethical leadership, spiritual leadership, and faith and reason curricula. In response to many student inquiries, Father Spitzer will continue the Faith and Reason philosophy course via audio-visual medium. This is a phenomenal opportunity for Father Spitzer, whose knowledge of the material must be shared with as many people as possible. "Honestly, I have loved being here," says Spitzer, "but the Holy Spirit has just been pushing me out the door towards this opportunity." In the first year alone, Spitzer hopes to reach over 100,000 organizational and church leaders and college students with the same amazing lecture material that we have experienced in his course, and that is only the beginning-"If you really want to make a cultural impact, you have to start thinking about numbers like one million people per year."
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:
Spitzer, 55, will return to study, teaching and writing in the ethics field. He is a prominent scholar-critic of the movement to legalize assisted suicide, and a leading Catholic spokesman on the right to life.
Fr. Spitzer has published two books so far with Ignatius Press: Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life and Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom and the Life issues. Here are excerpts from each:
• Happiness and the Heart | Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. | From Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom and the Life issues