2015 Conference

The Church in the Modern World:
Teaching and Understanding Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years
March 12-14, 2015
The University of St. Thomas

The conference included presenters from Benedictine College, University of Utah, Boston College, University of St. Catherine, University of Dayton, Marquette University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, St. John’s University NY, Seton Hall University, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Prairie College, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart-Milan, Italy, Walsh University, University of South Carolina Aiken, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s College of California, The University of Oklahoma, Cabrini College and the University of St. Thomas. 

The topics of the sessions included Theology and Art, Questions of Authority, Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue, Women and Gaudium et Spes, Karl Rahner and Gaudium et Spes, Morality and Rights, Evaluating Progress, Social Catholicism in the Public Sphere, Technology, The Impact on Business Life, Teaching Gaudium et Spes, The Impact of Gaudium et Spes, Some Contemporary Concerns, Applying the Tradition in Education, Rights and Freedoms, Catholicism’s Contribution to Human Flourishing, Creation and Education and Peace and Harmony in Catholic Thought.

Recordings of keynote addresses can be viewed by clicking on the links, below:

Massimo Faggioli
Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years: Its Meaning for Learning Church

Cathleen Kaveny
Joy and Hope?: Catholic Social Teaching After the Second Vatican Council

Leslie Tentler
Hope and Anguish: A Grass-roots Look at the Catholic 1960s

William Cavanaugh
Return of the Golden Calf: Economy, Idolatry, and Secularization Since Gaudium et Spes

The schedule of the conference was published in the department's newsletter, theology matters, and can be viewed here.