"Vatican II's Declaration on Religious Liberty, 50 Years Later"

Nov 1 2012 4:30pm
Goodspeed Hall, Fulton Recital Hall
1010 East 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Russell Hittinger

University of Tulsa


Cosponsored by The Department of History and The St. Thomas More Society

At the third plenary session of Vatican II, Fr. John Courtney Murray said that the issue of religious liberty [is] the American issue at the Council. Yet it took the longest to write, and, after undergoing thousands of comments and corrections over four years, it was signed by Pope Paul VI less than twenty-four hours before the Council was adjourned. This lecture will consider, (1) the reasons for this Declaration on Religious Liberty and the difficulties and debates at the Council, and (2) how the doctrine of religious liberty has fared a generation later.

Russell Hittinger is the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa. He is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Hittinger is the author of many books, including A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, Thomas Aquinas the Rule of Law, and most recently Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming).