Catholic Intellectual Series to Highlight Vatican II

Monday, September 22, 2008

Saint Joseph's will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II with a series of dynamic academic lectures in the 2008-09 Catholic Intellectual Series entitled "To the Whole of Humanity – Without Hesitation: Celebrating and Exploring Vatican II 50 Years Later."

Gerhard Böwering, S.J., professor of religious studies and Islamic studies at Yale University, presents the first of these lectures, "Islam and Christianity: The Inner Dynamics of Two Cultures of Belief," on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. The series is presented by the Office of Mission.

Officials at Vatican II seriously examined the Church's relationship with non-Christian religions in its declaration Nostra Aetae, including the Islamic faith. Fr. Böwering's lecture will offer a reflection on belief in both Muslim and Christian faith traditions.

Böwering previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and the University of Innsbruck. In addition to authoring two books, he has been published in the Encyclopedia of the Qur'an and the Encyclopedia of Islam.

John O'Malley, S.J., university professor of theology at Georgetown University, will continue the Intellectual Series with "How to Get at What Happened at Vatican II" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall at 7:30 p.m. Culling information from his 2008 book What Happened at Vatican II, O'Malley will present a more mature understanding of the dynamics of the Second Vatican Council, and its effects on teachings and church movements since.

Fr. O'Malley received his doctorate from Harvard University and has lectured at a number of institutions, including Harvard and Oxford University. He is also past president of the American Catholic Historical Association. Fr. O'Malley's book The First Jesuits, an updated account of the founding years of the Jesuit order, has been translated into ten languages.

Saint Joseph's strives to embody the vibrant traditions of Catholic culture and life, and the religious character of the University springs from its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Intellectual Series serves to highlight the works and ideas of the best contemporary Catholic scholars and academics from around the world.

--Dan Wisniewski '08

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