"The Second Vatican Council and the Church's Engagement with the Modern World"

Oct 11, 2012
Rosenwald 405
1101 East 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Edward T. Oakes, S.J.University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary


Cosponsored by the University of Chicago Ethics Club

After decades of ideological upheaval that often placed the Catholic Church in conflict with modernity, Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council in part to open a dialogue with modern culture. This lecture will reflect on the theological developments that led to Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, the document's text itself, and the history of its reception, and offer a perspective on the current health of the Church and its prospects for bringing the light of Christ to the world.

Edward T. Oakes, S.J. is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, the Catholic seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He earned his doctorate in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, editor of German Essays on Religion, and has recently published Infinity Dwindled to Infancy: A Catholic and Evangelical Christology.