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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Worth Abbey to host Gaudium et Spes conference
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¬†One of the most significant documents of modern Catholicism ≠ Gaudium Et Spes, is the subject of a major four day conference which will be held at Worth Abbey, in West Sussex, on 4-7 July. The document was a landmark policy statement from the Second Vatican Council and transformed the way the Church saw its relationship with the world. Gaudium Et Spes led to a tumultuous change in the Church's thoughts about itself and its mission. "Reasons for Living and Hoping" marks the 40th anniversary of the Pastoral Constitution. The conference at Worth is an initiative from Heythrop Institute for Religion Ethics and Public Life, in partnership with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and Worth Abbey. Keynote speakers include: Head of the Vatican's Christian Unity Council, Cardinal Walter Kasper, who will present the opening lecture: 'An introduction to Gaudium Et Spes'; the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor ('What sort of a Church do we want in the future?'); the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin ("Gaudium Et Spes: The unaddressed issue"); and the Director-General of the BBC, Mark Thompson ("Communication and Culture in the twenty-first Century.") Director of Heythrop College Dr James Hanvey SJ will examine the theological foundations of Gaudium Et Spes; Professor Nicholas Boyle from Cambridge subject is;" Where is the Church in the Modern World?" There will be seminars led by Dr Patrick Riordan, the Rt. Hon John Battle MP, and Dr Janet Martin Soskice. Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "Gaudium et Spes cast an eye over the great questions of humanity, and declared that these, too, were the great questions for the Church. The followers of Christ could no longer retreat or withdraw. It is right that, 40 years after its publication, we should look again at Gaudium et Spes and inspect the road that the Church has travelled since then." Dr James Hanvey added: 'Gaudium et Spes is a seminal document for understanding the Church's mission in the contemporary world. It is important that we can reflect upon it 40 years on and also look at the new opportunities and developments that have arisen in our world and cultures since then. Our secular culture is, I believe, at an important point of reappraising its understanding of religion and perhaps coming to realise that the Church is a vital partner in building the common human good.' Abbot Christopher Jamison from Worth commented: "The positive response to BBC Two's 'The Monastery' shows that British people today welcome Catholic faith when it both meets them where they are and challenges them to move on. Worth Abbey was delighted to host 'The Monastery' and we are equally delighted to host the 40th anniversary of 'The Constitution on the Church in the Modern World' which is a landmark in the Church's understanding of how to engage creatively with contemporary society." Source: CCN
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