Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

Drop Shadow

Battle For Meaning

The Vatican

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Warren Auditorium
With a reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Every change of pontificate – from John Paul II to Benedict XVI to his successor - constitutes an important element in the broad theological and cultural landscape of Catholicism. These last two changes of pontificate have also nourished the journalistic and political dispute about Vatican II, its history and its legacy, and not only the historiographical and theological debate. For 21st century Catholics and theologians interested in understanding contemporary Catholicism in the light of Vatican II the intellectual undertaking is far from accomplished yet. One or another interpretation of Vatican II is always – explicitly or implicitly – part of the agenda of Catholicism: to understand Vatican II is essential in order to understand where Catholicism is going.

Massimo FaggioliMassimo Faggioli, PhD worked in the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002. He has studied theology at the Karl-Eberhards-Universität Tübingen (1999-2000) and has been invited to work as a post-doctoral researcher in the Faculté de Théologie et Sciences Religieuses at the Université Laval, Québec (Spring 2002).

He moved to the US in 2008, where he was visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College between 2008 and 2009. Dr. Faggioli is now assistant professor in the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (Minnesota). He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their little daughter. He writes regularly for Italian and American newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics.

Prof. Faggioli's two books from 2012, "True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium" (Liturgical Press) and "Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning" (Paulist Press) are among the five finalists in the theology category in the "Excellence in Publishing Awards" sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers.

Among his publications

  • The history of the document on the bishops of Vatican II (Il vescovo e il concilio. Modello episcopale e aggiornamento al Vaticano II, 2005), the first book on Vatican II that made use of the archival sources in the Vatican Secret Archives
  • The edition of the diaries of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (later John XXIII) during his diplomatic mission in Bulgaria (Tener da conto. Agendine di Bulgaria 1925-1934, 2008)
  • A brief history of the “new Catholic movments” (Breve storia dei movimenti cattolici, 2008; Spanish translation 2011, English translation forthcoming by Palgrave and Macmillan)
  • Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning (2012; Italian translation and Portuguese translation, 2013)
  • True Reform. Liturgy and Ecclesiology in “Sacrosanctum Concilium” (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012; Italian translation, 2013, forthcoming).