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The Legacy of Vatican II


Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, this symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Boston College. The symposium will be composed of distinguished scholars from around the world who have studied Vatican II from theological, historical, and cultural standpoints.

The event happens at a crucial moment in the history of the Catholic Church under the papacy of Francis—himself a Jesuit shaped by the legacy of Vatican II. The symposium will focus on the long-term legacy of the Council in the United States and the world. The proceedings will be published in a forthcoming volume.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gasson Hall, Room 100
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus

Registration for the daytime symposium is by invitation only.

Coworkers in the Vineyard:
The Role of the Catholic Laity in the Life of Public Service and Scholarship
an evening panel discussion held in conjunction with the symposium,
is free and open to the public.



10:00 a.m.


10:30 a.m.–
12:15 p.m.

Panel 1: Figures
Jesuits and the Second Vatican Council

Moderator: Mark Massa, S.J.
Dean, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College

Dennis M. Doyle
Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
“Otto Semmelroth, S.J., and the Ecclesiology of the ‘Church as a Sacrament’ at Vatican II”

David Hollenbach, S.J.

University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, Department of Theology, Boston College
“J.C. Murray, S.J., at Vatican II—and after”

Susan K. Wood, S.C.L.
Chair, Theology Department, Marquette University
“Henri De Lubac, S.J., and the Relationship Church-World in Gaudium et spes”

Jared Wicks, S.J.
Scholar in Residence, Pontifical College Josephinum
“Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J.: Biblical and Ecumenical Conscience of Vatican II”

3:00 p.m.

Panel 2: Themes
Continuity and Change in the Second Vatican Council

Moderator: Andrea Vicini, S.J.
Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College

Peter Hünermann
Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Tübingen, Germany
“Continuity and Discontinuity in an Epoch-Making Transition of Faith: The Hermeneutics of Vatican II”

John O’Malley, S.J.
University Professor, Department of Theology, Georgetown University
“The Spirituality of Vatican II”

Christoph Theobald, S.J.
Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, Facultés Jésuites de Paris (Centre Sèvres)
“The Principle of Pastorality at Vatican II: Challenges of a Prospective Interpretation of the Council”

Leslie Woodcock Tentler

Professor, Department of History, The Catholic University of America
“Contraception and the Council: A Tale of Three Jesuit Moralists”

5:15 p.m.

Panel 3: Engagements
The Council and the Public Arena

Moderator: Massimo Faggioli
Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas

John F. Baldovin, S.J.
Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology, Boston College
“Liturgical Reform and the Public Role of the Catholic Church”

Lisa Sowle Cahill
J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology, Boston College
“The Changes in Moral Theology and Public Catholicism since Vatican II”

Richard R. Gaillardetz
President-elect, Catholic Theological Society of America, and Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
“Humility before the World: Recalling the Council's Theology of Worldly Engagement”

Bradford E. Hinze
Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Theology, Fordham University
“Vatican II and New Catholic Communities Promoting Grassroots Democracy”

8:30 p.m.

Public Lecture

Coworkers in the Vineyard: The Role of the Catholic Laity in the Life of Public Service and Scholarship

See event page for details and registration.