The Catholic University of America

 Fall 2012 Events

Reform and Renewal: Vatican II after Fifty Years

September 26-29, 2012

The Catholic University of America

Keynote Speaker: Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Second Vatican Council was "the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century" (Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, NMI, 57). The documents of the Council reviewed, refreshed and re-presented the Church's teaching in order to stengthen the Church's mission in the world of today. They expanded and developed that teaching in significant ways, such as in relation to ecumenism and religious freedom, and had a major impact on all aspects of the Church's liturgy and life. Overall, they offer "a sure compass by which to take our bearings in the century now beginning" (NMI 57), and, two generations on from the momentous event of the Council, it is timely to return to those documents and to examine them again, so as to draw ever more deeply from the riches they contain.

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Vatican II After 50 Years: Dialogue and Catholic Identity

October 11-12, 2012

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker: Fr. John O'Malley, Georgetown University

Promotion of dialogue became an essential aspect of post-Vatican II life in the Catholic Church, even though it is not always recognized as such. Georgetown University has tried to incorporate dialogue into its curricular offerings and into its general mode of operation. It is fitting and important therefore in this anniversary year of the opening of Vatican II to examine the state of the question and to invite reflection upon it. Thus the theme of this conference is “Dialogue and Catholic Identity.”

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“Understanding and Spiritual Growth Through Interreligious Dialogue”

Bishop Denis Madden, Archdiocese of Baltimore
Dr. John Borelli, Georgetown University

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:00-7:00 PM

Stephen Happel Room
The Catholic University of America

The Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue opened a new phase in its existence on the evening of Thursday, October 25, 2012.  For its inaugural event, Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore, Chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue gave a talk entitled, “Understanding and Spiritual Growth through Interreligious Dialogue: The Art of Listening.”  Dr. John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at Georgetown University, gave a response. After these talks, some 45 guests engaged in a question-and-answer period and a lively reception.  Read more...

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Remembering Kristallnacht: A Memorial in Music

November 14, 2012
5:30 PM

May Gallery
John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library
The Catholic University of America

On the campus of Catholic University, November 16, 1938, several U.S. Catholic Church leaders voiced a nationally broadcast protest against the Nazi-instigated pogrom against Germany's Jews that had occurred a few days earlier.  The event they protested was Kristallnacht, "the night of broken glass," now viewed as the beginning of the Holocaust, a rampage of organized violence against Jews that resulted in the death of dozens and the destruction of thousands of Jewish-owned homes and businesses as well as synagogues in Germany.

Dr. Joseph A. Santo, composer and assistant dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, composed a work entitled Malachey Elyon using several texts from the actual broadcast.  Under the direction of Maestro David Searle, the was premiered in 2010 on the CUA campus by the CUA Symphony Orchestra and a chorus comprised of faculty and students of the School of Music. Join us for an encore presentation.

The Status of Christian Communities in Kurdistan: Challenges and Opportunities

December 5, 2012
registration 8-8:30am, conference 8:30am-4:30pm

Carl Hadyn Room, U.S. Government Printing Office
732 North Capitol St., NW
Washington, DC 20401

A conference by the Columbus School of Law for policy makers, researchers, and all those interested in the Middle East and religious freedom

Topics include:

  • history of Christianity in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR)
  • mapping Christian communities in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region today
  • analysis of challenges for religious minorities in IKR and the Middle East
  • legal analysis of the Nineveh Plain questions
  • reflections of American Christian leaders on their recent trip to the region
  • accounts of Christians in the region themselves, including His Excellency Bashar Warda, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil