VATICAN II 50 Years On

On October 11th 2012 the UCD International Centre for Newman Studies will host a one-day conference to commemorate the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Rivalled only by the Cuban Missile Crisis as an event that captured the public imagination at the time, the debate about the precise significance of the Council continues to this day.

The UCD conference "Vatican II: 50 Years On" will examine the most significant elements of the Council debates and documents themselves as well as reflecting critically on the continuing successes and failures of attempts to embody the spirit of the Council. The full programme for the day is listed below.

VATICAN II 50 Years On - A Critical Examination of the Enduring Significance of the Second Vatican Council - Programme
9.00am     Registration / Tea / Coffee
9.30am     SESSION 1

Chair: Professor Brian Nolan, Principal, UCD College of Human Sciences

    Dermot Lane - Keeping Memory Alive: Vatican II as enduring basis for
    Linda Hogan - Catholic Theological Ethics since Vatican II

10.30am     Open Forum
11.00am     Tea / Coffee Break
11.15am     SESSION 2

Chair: Rev. Michael Drumm, Chairperson, Catholic Schools Partnership.

    Seán Freyne - The role of the Bible in the post-conciliar church
    Andrew Pierce - Vatican II and the Ecumenical Movement

12.15pm     Open Forum
1.00pm     Light Lunch
2.00pm     SESSION 3

Chair: Dr John McCafferty, Head of UCD School of History & Archives and Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute

    Pádraic Conway - Was John Henry Newman the Father of Vatican II?
    Ethna Regan - Vatican II: Embracing Human Rights and Expanding Humanism

3.00pm     Open Forum
3.30pm     Tea / Coffee Break
4.00pm     SESSION 4

Chair: Professor John Horgan, Press Ombudsman

    Joseph S. O'Leary - The Church before and after Vatican II: Continuity and Change
    Enda McDonagh - Vatican II: A new style of Church, a new style of Theology

5.00pm     Open Forum


Gabriel Daly - Semper Reformanda
John Horgan - Concluding Remarks
6.00pm     Wine and refreshments