Baroness Shirley Williams to give 2009 Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture

Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby, is going to give this year's Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture on 27 November, speaking on the relationship between capitalism, Catholicism and community in our globalised world.

In her lecture Baroness Williams plans to explore how the world economic crisis may mark the end of liberalised capitalism - and what insights the Christian community can offer into the possible paths ahead.

She said: “Globalisation – everything connected to everything – undermines the authority of national governments. Yet it is national governments that are expected to respond to a world economic crisis.”

Baroness Shirley Williams is a renowned politician and academic. Serving as a life peer in the House of Lords, she is also Professor Emerita of Electoral Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a member of the Tablet Trust.

The 2009 Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture, entitled “Capitalism, Catholicism and community: Harmony or dissonance?” will take place at the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, London.

The lecture is to be chaired by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, a prolific lecturer, theologian, former Master General of the Dominican Order, and a member of CAFOD’s Board of Trustees.

Tickets are £6 (lecture only) £12 (lecture and reception ) Concessions are available. Call for details. Tel. 020 7095 5568 or email

Lecture starts 7.15pm (doors open 6.45pm) Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW

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