Thursday, May 2, 2013
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)
With a reception to follow
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Headley, CSSp, PhD, Professor, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Denys Horgan, Editor, San Diego Catholic Worker
Gerard Mannion, DPhil, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, and Director, Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
In 1963, shortly before his death, Pope John XXIII released 'Pacem in Terris' (Peace on Earth) - which would become the most widely read and cited encyclical letter by a Pope of all time. Its focus was upon peace, human rights, equality and social justice. It offered gifts old and new in terms of the church's social traditions. Embracing dialogue between the church and the wider world, it was a positive affirmation of human dignity, religious freedom, freedom of conscience, gender and racial equality and offered a vision that was a forerunner of what would later be termed global ethics, just as it anticipated the option for the poor. It was reproduced in its entirety in the New York Times and - at the height of the cold war, carefully read by President John F. Kennedy and President Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. Join us to reflect upon the legacy of this document which shaped a vision for social ethics and international relations for many decades to come.