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