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Reforming the Liturgy -

Reforming the Church at Vatican II

Massimo Faggioli, PhD

Monday, April 22, 2013


IPJ Conference Rooms AB

This event is free and open to the public.

Fifty years ago, in 1963, the Second Vatican Council approved the constitution "Sacrosanctum Concilium" planning the reform of the liturgy. The most important reform in Catholicism since the council of Trent, and the reform (“the new Mass”) began before the end of Vatican II, in November 1964. The talk will offer insights about the meaning of that foundational reform, especially for the “ecclesiology” – the image of the Church – that the “new liturgy” conveys. This is even more important, given the attempts, in the last few years, to “reform the reforms” of Vatican II according to a nostalgic view of Catholicism.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli 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 fivefinalists 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).

Past Lecture

Sexual Ethics and Natural Law: 21st Century Perspectives

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)
This event is free and open to the public.


Todd Salzman, PhD, Professor of Ethics at Creighton University and USD Alumnus


Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD, Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, USD

James Wykowski, Undergraduate Student and AS Director of Wellness and Sustainability

What does it mean to think of oneself as a sexual person? How do we determine the truth and meaning of human sexuality in the Catholic tradition today? In other words, what does ‘good’ sex look like from a Catholic Christian perspective? In Catholic moral theology, faith and reason are seen as necessarily complementary resources for discerning right and wrong. In particular, the church has made use of natural law as one method of moral reflection that involves careful reflection on human experience. But interpreting human experience is a complicated task. And there are competing versions of what a natural law method entails. Professor Todd Salzman, a leading scholar in Catholic moral methodology, will explain the contemporary relevance of natural law method for ongoing debates in sexual ethics. At stake are competing assumptions about what sexual human dignity is all about. In his recent writings, Prof. Salzman encourages a wide-ranging dialogue throughout the Church on a renewed understanding of what it is to be a human person in the light of the Catholic tradition today – an understanding that includes sexuality as a life-giving and positive component of human identity. In the spirit of such dialogue, Professor Reimer-Barry will respond to Professor Salzman’s presentation from her expertise in moral theology.

Todd Salzman, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Theology and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. He earned his PhD in Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He taught at the University of San Diego from 1995-1997, and has been teaching at Creighton since 1997. His primary areas of interest include Fundamental Moral Theology (Ethical Method, Natural Law, Conscience, Virtue Ethics, Spirituality and Moral Theology), Biomedical Ethics, Sexual Ethics, International Humanitarian Law and Catholicism and Politics.

Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD,has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.

James Wykowski is an Undergraduate Student and AS Director of Wellness and Sustainability. He is currently a senior majoring in Theatre Arts, minoring in Spanish and is also pre-med. He works as a Senior Resident Assistant for the Alcala Vista Apartments, a Student Coordinator for University Ministry's Tijuana Spring Breakthrough Program, and is a cantor in Founders Chapel Choir.

USD and the CCTC believe that faith and reason are compatible in education and true knowledge can only be discerned from a breadth of sources: curiosity, free inquiry, discovery and debate - these are the four corners of wisdom.

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