Q&A with Father Jim Bacik

By Pat Nowak

At this season of giving thanks  it also time to reflect on how each of us can make a difference.

Notted theologian Father James J. Bacik is a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, ordained in 1962 and the former pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish. A  highly-regarded theologian, writer, lecturer and pastor, he  served as campus minister and adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Toledo for more than 30 years.

He was deemed “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching” by Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University.

Bacik has earned a doctorate in theology Oxford University  and has published many articles and books.

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality is the quest for meaning in a world that is absurd. It is a quest for purpose and to identify what is solid and authoritative

Who is looking for spirituality?

The corporate leader who is lost and needs tutoring, the housewife raising children asking “who am I.” Everyone of us is conversing on how to get our life together.

How do we begin our journey to spirituality?

You take the first step to begin your journey even though you are afraid. You live in the now and and for the moment and you find God in ordinary activities ie humor, raising children, going to work.

Who is your favorite writer?

John Updike. He understood the great questions of life and taught them to us through his writing.

Who is you favorite teacher?

Karl Rahner, S.J., was a German Jesuit priest and theologian who, alongside Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Yves Congar, is considered one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century –  he is my mentor and I treasure my time with him.

What do you think of Pope Francis?

I am a fan; he is an authentic man, more spiritual than theological, and much  needed.

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