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Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty

  • Sep 13, 2012 · 10:30 AM
  • Georgetown University Copely Hall Lounge
Hello all... Some of you have asked when we are headed back to a Georgetown University event.  Below is information for an interesting event coming up featuring Cardinal Donald Wuerl.... Organizer
FROM THE WEBSITE: Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has placed considerable emphasis on the importance of religious freedom as a matter of human dignity and individual flourishing, and as central to a just and democratic society. Abroad, the persecution of Christians and others has reached significant, perhaps even crisis, proportions. At home, issues involving same-sex marriage, abortion, and contraception have sparked sharp controversy about threats to religious freedom, leading the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to establish its own committee to begin engaging these issues.

The Maryland Catholic Bishops Conference and the Religious Freedom Project of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs are bringing together leading Catholic scholars to address these questions from different perspectives.
*          *          *          *          * 10:30am - 12:00pm: Panel I: Dignitatis Humanae and the Legacy of Vatican II
Panelists: Gerard Bradley, Lisa Cahill, John O'Malley, Tom Farr (moderator)

12:00 - 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 - 1:30pm Keynote Address: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with introduction by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia

1:45 - 3:15pm: Panel II: Religious Freedom, the Church, and International Law
Panelists: Robert Destro, John Langan, Daniel Philpott, Marilyn McMorrow (moderator)

3:30 - 5:00pm: Panel III: Conflicts Between Religious Freedom and Other Rights Claims

Panelists: Marc DeGirolami, Cathleen Kaveny, Mark Rienzi, Thomas Banchoff (moderator) You can RSVP here ----> RSVP Here

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  • roberta

    take away: the need for catholics to stand up and be counted, for our rights are imperiled, as they have often been across the ages, the diversity of ways the Church has interacted with the diversity of governments across the ages, the need to question hypotheses, listen to the other side and balance the obligations each Catholic has to the magisterium, to Christ's social justice agenda, to treat our neighbor as our self, to accept that sometimes resolution of conflict is a null set, since conflict is a given in a pluralistic society, and the need to evaluate the moral burden of complying with the cultural mandates for participation in god given ministries and standing up to ensure that no mandate forces an individual to perform acts contrary to conscience, as long as there is no other possibilty for the mandated needs to be met were all covered in one day's presentation!

    September 13, 2012

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