Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo for over fifty years. He has lectured in Latin America, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, he is “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching.” Read more by visting his website here.
Father Bacik's Most Recent Books
"Enduring Wisdom for Today's Spiritual Seekers"
Fr. Bacik has been at it a long time and has heard and seen it all. The popular pastor and university chaplain understands the issues that face all people- especially young adults- as they try to navigate today's complex world of work, relationships, and civic involvement. And he knows-from years of preaching, counseling and ministry-the enduring wisdom that the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John have to offer spiritual seekers today. Whether you are a Catholic or not, practicing your religion or not, happy or unhappy or sometimes a little bit of both, this book can help you decide who you are and where you stand. Each of the reflections offers a specific daily life topic, a Gospel passage or story that offers relevant insight, several examples of people trying to live out their faith in real time, and a final challenging question for the reader to mull (or pray)over.
"Pope Francis and Campus Ministry: A Dialogue"
Pope Francis and Campus Ministry sets up a dialogue between Pope Francis and the history of Catholic campus ministry over the last three decades since the publication of the bishops’ pastoral letter Empowered by the Spirit. It includes articles that the author has written on campus ministry during that period, preceded by a brief explanation of the context of the article and followed by specific ways Pope Francis would guide campus ministry into the future.
"Church Matters: Bacik Reflections"
This book contains essays written over the last decade that deal with church
issues under three major headings. Part One, The Baptized: Laity and Clergy,
has articles on Developing a Catholic Identity, Family Life and Christian Virtues,
and Catholics Voting for Pro-Choice Candidates; Part Two, Influential Leaders, treats
the great missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict
and the truly amazing impact of Pope Francis; Part Three, The Church at Worship,
features meditations on Christmas and Easter. Each of the thirty-four essays can be
read independently for personal study and reflection. Taken together, they provide
broad perspectives for reflecting on contemporary church life.
Humble Confidence provides summaries of Karl Rahner’s main ideas on anthropology, God, Christ, and the Church, with an emphasis on their practical significance. Finally, it serves as a response to critics who claim that Rahner is passé by emphasizing
the power of his theology to illumine contemporary issues with the light of the gospel.