Vatican II at Sixty Discussion Panel

Thu Oct 28 2021 at 12:30 pm

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Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture
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Vatican II at Sixty Discussion Panel
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DISCUSSION PANEL with Dr. Catherine Clifford (St. Paul University) and Dr. Orlando Espin (University of San Diego)
Thursday, October 28 at 12:30pm on Zoom
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Dr. Orlando Espín: Vatican II and the Latinoax Church
Vatican II occurred between 1962 and 1965. The Latin American bishops' Medellín Conference occurred in 1968, and the first U.S. Encuentro was in 1972. These three events are intimately related, as Vatican II led to Medellín and the latter led to the U.S. Encuentro. The causal role of Vatican II and, more emphatically, the council's repeated underlining that the Church is the People of God, cannot be exaggerated. Can U.S. Catholics dismiss the fact that the majority of the People of God (in the U.S.) are now the racially and culturally marginalized? Important doctrinal and pastoral issues arise from the answer to this question.
Orlando O. Espín is Emeritus Professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego, where he taught for three decades. He earned (1984) a dual doctorate in systematic and practical theology at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One among the handful of theologians who began U.S. Latinoax theology, Espín has specialized in the study of "popular" religions, and in the theological study of culture and traditioning.
Dr. Catherine Clifford: Seeking Unity in a Divided World
Healing the bonds of unity between the Catholic Church and other Christian communities was one of the principal aims of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). In the sixty years since the close of Vatican II considerable progress has been achieved towards overcoming doctrinal disagreement through official dialogue. New challenges have arisen, given the significant evolution of the ecumenical “landscape” reflected in the rise of evangelical and Pentecostal movements and the expansion of Christianity in the global south. The search for Christian unity remains an urgent task for the credibility of the church’s witness today in a divided world.
Catherine E. Clifford is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at St. Paul University in Ontario, Canada. Her research interests and publications are focused primarily in the areas of ecclesiology, ecumenism, and the history of the Second Vatican Council, with a particular emphasis on the understanding of conversion and renewal of the churches, the development of doctrines, and the unity and diversity of Christian communions within the world Christian movement.
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