Father David Hollenbach

Father David Hollenbach

Father David Hollenbach, S.J., from Boston College, and Dr. John McGreevy, from the University of Notre Dame, are coming to the University of St. Thomas on Thursday, Nov. 5, for a program on “Religious Liberty at 50 Years From Vatican II.”

The panel discussion, free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the university’s St. Paul campus. It is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, Theology Department, and College of Arts and Sciences. More information can be found here.

Dr. John McGreevy

Dr. John McGreevy

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, director of the institute, said Hollenbach and McGreevy “will address the issue of religious liberty in Catholic theology and in America  at 50 years from Vatican II and in light of the recent debates in our country about the relationship between church and state. What does it mean for American Catholics to talk about religious liberty today, in comparison to 1965, for their relationship with American citizenship?”

This fall, Hollenbach holds the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress. When his appointment is complete he will return to his regular post at Boston College where he directs the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. His research deals with human rights, theories of justice and religion in political life. His most recent book is Driven From Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants.

McGreevy joined Notre Dame’s faculty in 1997 and he has been dean of the College of Arts and Letters there since 2008. His books include Catholicism and American Freedom: A History.

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