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Lecture Series 2019 - Catholicity: Crises and Opportunities?

Catholicity, the distinctive mark of the Roman Catholic community throughout the centuries, has been understood in many ways. Most recently it has become a tribal designation of a particular group of Christians over against others, divisive and constraining rather than expansive and inviting.

The VHI will be researching earlier, more traditional, more expansive understandings of catholicity over the coming years and exploring their applications within and without the official church. This year we will explore a number of constrictions in catholicity (the abuse crises and gender representation in the Church) as well as some of the more expansive ways of thinking about catholicity as a way of setting up our five year research project on this theme.



Programme 2019


Friday 8 February | 16:00
The Annual Von Hügel Lecture
Thomas Rosica CSB


Friday 1 March | 16:00
Philip McCosker


Friday 3 May | 16:00
and the Promise and Perils of a Global Catholic History
John McGreevy, University of Notre Dame


Friday 10 May | 16:00


Wednesday 12 June | 16:00
Mary McAleese in conversation with Gemma Simmonds CJ
(jointly organised with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology)


Friday 25 October | 16:00
Hans Zollner SJ



All events are free and held at St Edmund's College (Garden Room, Library Building) unless otherwise indicated. All are welcome.

Some events currently remain subject to change, please check this page for updates.

Please note that during our public events photographs or videos will occasionally be taken: should you not wish to appear in these please . Audio and video of past lectures can be found on our Audio/Video page.


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