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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

The Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry exists to promote mutual enrichment between the best of the secular academy and the Catholic traditions of theology, philosophy and ethics through events, research, and contributions to the public square. Our Annual Von Hügel lecture showcases the best of this interdisciplinary thinking anchored in a universal or ‘catholic’ way of looking at the world.

Every year world-leading academics, practitioners, and ecclesiastical figures are invited to give their own perspective on our unique mission. Lectures include:

Sir James MacMillan CBE (2023) 

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald (2020)

Fr Thomas Rosica (2019)

​​Cardinal Blase Cupich (2018)

Cardinal Luis Tagle (2017)

Professor Denys Turner (2015)

Professor Joseph Weiler (2014)

Professor Mary McAleese (2013)

Professor Stanley Hauerwas (2012)

Religion & Resistance:the Experience of Eastern Europe
Professor Tomas Halik (2005)

Christian-Muslim Relations: A Vatican Perspective
Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald (2002)

The Theological Vindication of Equality
Professor Duncan Forrester (2000)

Beyond Bejing: The Next Step for Women on the Journey to Justice
Joan Chittister, OSB (1996)

The Shaking of the Foundations – Again! Is There a Future for Christian Theology?
Professor Mary Grey (1994)

The Value of Monetary Stability in the World Today
Dr Hans Tietmeyer (1993)

Old Liberalism and Catholic Social Thought
Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, OSB (1992)

Asian Religions and the Liberation of the Poor
Rev. Dr. Aloysius Pieris, SJ (1990)

The Church of the Poor
Professor Gustavo Gutierrez (1989)

The Bias of God
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989)

A Double Commitment: To Christ and to the City
Archbishop Derek Worlock (1988)

What Foundation Has the Legal System?
Hon. Norman St. Jonh-Stevas (1986)

Christians and Northern Ireland
His Excellency Noel Dorr (1985)




A unique institute of advanced studies inspired by Catholic thought and culture, focussed on contemporary global realities, and dedicated to encounter, dialogue, and transformation