The Trinity College Dublin School of Religion will host the Wijngaards Institute for a panel discussion on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland, VOICES POPE FRANCIS WILL NOT HEAR, on Monday 20 August in the Trinity School of Religion Building (ISE-Loyola Institute). It starts with a drinks reception at 5.30, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A from 6-8 pm.
The event is free but places are available on a first come, first serve basis. You must register here.
I just learned about the event, and won’t be able to attend due to a prior commitment. But it looks to be a thought-provoking discussion that will help put Pope Francis’ visit in a broader perspective.
In particular, leading Catholic Theologians & Campaigners will discuss the topics and the people excluded from the World Meeting of the Families in Dublin.
The panel will address the controversial teachings and practices, including:
the marginalization of women • the vilification of LGBT Catholics •
the ongoing silencing of priests and theologians • the harm caused by the papal ban on contraception • the abuse scandal • the 8th amendment abortion debate
• Dr. Hille Haker: is the Richard McCormick, S. J. Chair of Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her doctorate at the University of Tübingen and is formerly Professor of Christian Ethics at Harvard Divinity School.
• Jamie Manson: is columnist and editor at the National Catholic Reporter. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. She is editor of Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics.
• Dr. Luca Badini: is Director of Research at the Wijngaards Institute. Author of Democracy in the Christian Church and lead author of the Catholic Scholars’ Statement on the Ethics of Using Contraceptives (2016).
• Tony Flannery: a broadcaster and Catholic commentator, joined the Redemptorists in 1964. He was suspended by the Vatican in 2012 for his views on priesthood and church reform. He is still forbidden to minister publicly.
• Dr. Gina Menzies: teaches bioethics in the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. She holds a MSc in Healthcare and Law from RCSI, attended Trinity College and gained her Bachelor of Divinity in the Milltown Institute.
• Dr. Siobhán Garrigan: holds the Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology at Trinity College Dublin, where she is also Head of the School of Religion. Her work addresses the relationship between theology, politics and social justice.
The Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research is a think tank dedicated to academic research and education that examines and explores church teachings and aims to bring about reform from within the Catholic Church.
Image of Pope Francis from Flickr creative commons, by PaoNu