Vatican I: Loss and Gain with Papal Governance of the Catholic Church

Oct 13, 2018
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Theology Club.

A symposium and reception on the occasion of the publication of Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church (Harvard University Press, 2018) by Fr. John O’Malley, SJ. Copies of the book will be available for sale by the Seminary Co-op.

Vatican Council I (1869-1870) lasted barely eight months and produced only two documents.  The document Pastor Aeternus deeply reconfigured the government of the Church on the basis of the universal jurisdiction of the pope.  As we are now approaching the 150th anniversary of that event we can ask:  How has the papal-centered government fared over the centuries?  Did Vatican II initiate significant changes in the ecclesiastical government?  In light of these councils, how should we evaluate the scandals and the fragmentation of episcopal governance in the Church?

Fr. O'Malley also gave a lecture on October 11 and taught a master class on October 12.