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Comparing Trent, Vactican I, and Vatican II

Oct 11, 2018
Classics 110
1010 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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John O'Malley, SJGeorgetown University

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Free and open to the public.

Based on a forthcoming book entitled When Bishops Meet: An Essay Comparing Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II that bears the fruit of decades of scholarship, this lecture by one of the greatest living experts of modern Church history will compare the three modern ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church.

John O'Malley will also teach a master class on October 12 and participate in a symposium on October 13.


John W. O’Malley, S.J. is University Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. He received his PhD in History from Harvard University in 1965. He has received many academic honors, including twenty honorary degrees, eight best-book prizes, and in 2016 the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Harvard University, “the school’s highest honor.”  From 1979 until 2006, John O’Malley was Distinguished Professor of Church History at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and since then has been at Georgetown University.  In 1995, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science and in 1997 to the American Philosophical Society. His best-known book is The First Jesuits, Harvard University Press, 1993, now in twelve languages. Three of his most recent books with Harvard Press are: What Happened at Vatican II, 2008; Trent: What Happened at the Council, 2013, and Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church, 2018.  In the spring 2019, Harvard will publish When Bishops Meet: An Essay Comparing Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II.