A symposium discussion of the book Maurice Blondel, SocialCatholicism, & Action Française: The Clash over the Church’s Role in Society During the Modernist Era by Peter Bernardi.
Peter Bernardi, S.J. (Loyola University Chicago)
Thomas Kselman (University of Notre Dame)
William Portier (University of Dayton)
Cosponsored by the Department of History
How does the Church realize its public mission? How do different theological and philosophical commitments influence the conception of the Church’s role in the public square? Bernardi’s book casts light on contemporary arguments over social Catholicism and the believer’s role in society by illuminating a similar dispute among French Catholics during the Modernist Crisis (1909-1914).
Read more about the book HERE.
Peter Bernardi, S.J. is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago. He received his MA in Philosophy from the University of Detroit, an MDiv from the Toronto School of Theology, an STL from the Weston School of Theology, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. He has published numerous articles on modern theology including Maurice Blondel, John Henry Newman, Liberation Theology, and Vatican II.
Thomas Kselman is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on modern European religious history especially in France. His is author of Death and the Afterlife in Modern France and co-editor of Christian Democracy: Legacies and Comparative Perspectives. Professor Kselman is currently working on a book on the history of religious liberty in France in the aftermath of the French Revolution.
William Portier is the Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. Before arriving at Dayton, he taught at Mount Saint Mary’s University, MA for 24 years. He is author of Isaac Hecker and the First Vatican Council and Tradition and Incarnation. He is also the editor or co-editor of three other books on U.S. Catholicism and has contributed nearly one hundred articles and reviews in the areas of theology, U.S. Catholic history, and Catholic higher education.