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Renewing the Church in a Secular Age:

Holistic Dialogue and Kenotic Vision


March 4-5, 2015

Pontifical University of Gregorian, Rome, Italy



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March 4, 2015


Part I:


14.30-15.30 Opening Session: François-Xavier Dumortier sj (Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University);George F. McLean omi (President of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy); Cardinal GianfrancoRavasi (President of the Pontifical Council for Culture).


Moderator: João J. Vila-Chã sj (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome).


15.30-17.00 “The Dynamics of Secularity in the West”: José Casanova (Georgetown University, USA): «A Catholic Church in a Global Secular World»; Hans Joas (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany): «The Church in a World of Options».


Moderators: Arch­bishop Thomas Menam­parampil sdb (India) and João J. Vila-Chã sj (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome).


17.30-19.00 A Listening Church: Implications of Science and Technology, Imagination, Subsidiarity”: LouisCaruana sj (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome): «Nurturing the Human Face of Science»; Leon Dyczewskiofm (University of Lublin, Poland): «New Technologies and Styles of Evangelization»; Daniel Deckers(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany): «Being Pope Francis».


Modertors: Nicolas de Bremond d’Ars (Centre d’Études Interdisciplinaires des Faits Religieux [Ceifr], France) and Richard Rouse (Pontifical Council for Culture, Rome).



March 5, 2015


Part II:


9.00-10.30 A Discerning Church: the Gospel Experience, and Foundations in Secular Times for Renewed Hope”:Tomáš Halík (Charles University, Czech Republic): «Discerning the Signs of the Times»; Juan Carlos Scannonesj (Colegio Máximo de San José, Argentina): «Iglesia y Discernimiento Espiritual en una Edad Secular y un Mundo Global»; Massimo Grilli (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome): «Tutto è grazia. Rilettura dei macarismi/beatitudine oggi, nella Chiesa».


Moderators: Philip J. Rossi sj (Marquette University, USA) and Pavel Hosek (Charles University, Czech Republic).


11.00-12.30 “A Welcoming Church: Pluralism, Encounter and Dialogue”: Robert Schreiter cpps (Catholic Theological Union-Chicago, USA): «Spirituality as Platform and Forum for Encounter»; Anthony Carroll(Heythrop College, University of London, United Kingdom): «Dialogue with Skeptics»; Adriano Fabris(Università di Pisa, Italy): «Rethinking Universality for a True Interreligious Dialogue in a Pluralistic Age».


Moderators: Helen Alford op (Pontificia Università San Tommaso, Roma) and Taras Dobko (Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine).



Part III:


15-00-16.30 “A Serving Church: Polarization, Participation and Peace”: Adela Cortina (University of Valencia, España): «Religiones y Ética Cívica Transnacional en el Espacio Público: Un Camino hacia la Paz»; Peter Jonkers(Tilburg University, Netherlands): «A Serving Church: Overcoming Polarization through Participation»; WilliamBarbieri (Catholic University of America, USA): «Kenotic Ethics for a Servant Church»


Moderators:  Staf Hellemans (Tilburg University, Netherlands) and James Corkery sj (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome).


17.00-19.00 Magisterial lecture “Authenticity: The Life of the Church in a Secular Age”: Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada); Commentator William Desmond (Katholike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium).


Moderator: Mary McAleese (Ex-President of the Republic of Ireland).


19.00-19.30 Concluding Session: George F. McLean omi (President of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy); Louis Caruana sj (Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome); João J. Vila-Chã sj (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome).




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