Associate Professional Specialist
Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame (2011)
M.T.S. University of Notre Dame (2006)
B.A. University of Dayton (2004)
Research and Teaching Interests
Walatka serves as the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Theology and specializes in contemporary Catholic systematic theology. His research focuses particularly on the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Latin American liberation theology. He also works in the field of pedagogy and pedagogical formation, both in his role as Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies and in his research. His two ongoing book projects explore 1) the theme of mercy in liberation theology and 2) the theological witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
His most recent courses taught include: Foundations of Theology; The Church and the Poor; Introduction to Vatican II; Christian Traditions II; Ecclesiology; Eschatology; Teaching Theology
2017: Von Balthasar and the Option for the Poor: Theodramatics in the Light of Liberation Theology (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press).
2014. "Witnesses as Theological Sources," in Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom, ed. Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella, pp. 30-44. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014.
2016: "The Principle of Mercy: Jon Sobrino and the Catholic Theological Tradition." Theological Studies 71:1 (March 2016): 96-117.
2015: "Church as Sacrament: Gutiérrez and Sobrino as Interpreters of Lumen Gentium." Horizons 42:1 (June 2015): 70-95.
2013. "Uniting Spirituality and Theology: Jon Sobrino's Seeking Honesty with the Real." Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 13:1 (Spring 2013): 76-99.
2012. "Hub-and-Spoke Student Blogging and Advantages for Classroom Discussion." Theology Theology and Religion 15:4 (October 2012): 372-383.
2010. "Theological Biblical Interpretation: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Figure of Moses." Pro Ecclesia 19:3 (Summer 2010): 300-317.
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