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Vatican II Fifty Years On: What Would the Four/Fore Fathers Say Now?

Second Vatican Council

Paul Lakeland, PhD

Thursday, February 23, 2012

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Manchester Theater

With reception to follow in the Manchester Conference Center Lobby

Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., is the first holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies and is Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. The chair was established in June 2004, as a result of gifts of various donors in honor of the retiring president, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. The Chair is ex officio Director of the Center for Catholic Studies and the undergraduate academic minor program in Catholic Studies. He has been teaching at Fairfield University since 1981, where he has previously served as Director of the Honors Program and Chair of the Religious Studies Department.

Dr. Lakeland received his Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, an M.A. from Oxford University in English Language and Literature, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of London, and his Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Fairfield he teaches courses on ecclesiology, religion and culture, and religion and literature. His academic and research interests include the roles of the laity in the Catholic Church, the Papacy, religion and literature, and the relations between religious commitment and progressive politics.
The four "forefathers" in question are those giants of 20th century Catholic theology and especially of the Council who were all born in 1904: Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Bernard Lonergan and John Courtney Murray.

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