In honor of the jubilee of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (Vatican II), Georgetown University will host a conference focusing on some of the critical documents that resulted from the Council.
The three documents, “Pastoral Constitution on the Modern World” (Gaudium et spes), “On the Relation of the church to Non-Christian Religions” (Nostra aetate) and “On Religious Liberty” (Dignitatis humanae), are the center pieces for the November conference:
“On November 12-13, 2015, for its final in a series of five conferences that began in 2012 and has celebrated the jubilee of Vatican II, Georgetown University focuses on these three extraordinary documents as unfinished agendas – Gaudium et spes, Nostra aetate and Dignitatis humanae. All three represent explorations rather than final opinions, agendas for the future than detailed policies for implementation, and beginnings more so than conclusions from those four years of deliberations. These three texts truly reflect a conciliar process extending beyond the council’s formal conclusion.”
The conference at Georgetown will continue reflection, discussion and critical analysis on the three documents and their applications today. Sharing their thoughts on the Council and beyond, the keynote and breakout session presenters include:
- Juan Carlos Scannone, S.J. – Professor, Philosophy & Theology, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina
- John Borelli, Ph.D. – Special Assistant to the President, Georgetown University
- Linda Hogan, Ph.D. – Vice-Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Trinity College Dublin
- Christine Firer Hinze Ph.D. – Professor, Theology, Fordham University
- Ladislas Orsy, S.J. – Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center & Canon Lawyer
Throughout the conference, Georgetown faculty members will act as discussion chairs and respondents. These include:
- Barbara Mujica, Ph.D. – Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
- José Casanova, Ph. D. – Professor, Sociology
- Matthew Carnes, S.J. – Assoc. Professor, Government
- Drew Christiansen, S.J. – Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Human Development
- Peter Phan, Ph.D. – Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought
This event is free and open to the public, but requires registration due to space limitations. Register here!