Lunch Discussion on "Vatican II after 60 Years: The Legacy of Benedict XVI"

Apr 19, 2023
Calvert House
5735 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
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Stephen Fields, SJGeorgetown University


Free and open to the public. Registration required. Contact with any questions about this event. This event is co-presented with Calvert House and co-sponsored by the graduate and undergradate Catholic Students Organization. A Mass will precede the event. Lunch will be provided.

Vatican II was the landmark event in the life of the 20th century Church. But opinions are divided over the extent to which the council was a decisive rupture with past life and practice in the Church.  Amid a variety of interpretations in the decades following the council, Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI sought to integrate Vatican II within the wider history of the Church.  

Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ, who will explore Pope Benedict XVI's provocative thesis of a 'hermeneutic of continuity," which emphasized that authentic renewal could only occur in deep continuity with the past.  


Stephen Fields, S.J. is the Hackett Family Professor in Theology in Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1993. He holds the PhD from Yale in the philosophy of religion and the STL in fundamental theology from the Weston School of Theology (now the School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College). He has written Being as Symbol: On the Origins and Development of Karl Rahner’s Metaphysics (2001), and Analogies of Transcendence: An Essay on Nature, Grace and Modernity (2016), and edited a collection of essays on the thought of Benedict XVI for a special Festschrift edition of Nova et Vetera (English edition) (2017). His articles appear in a range of international journals, both philosophical and theological. His undergraduate students elected him as the twelfth recipient of the Dorothy M. Brown Award for excellence in teaching. He now directs the Lumen Christi Institute’s annual summer seminar for graduate students on John Henry Newman.