Gannon University Hosts Annual Loftus Lecture
Posted: April 25, 2018
"Pope Francis and the Challenge of Church Reform" is the subject
of the 2017 Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic
Thought and Action on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Yehl
Room of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 214 W. Seventh
The lecture will be presented by Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph
Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and
current chair of the theology department.
Pope Francis is one of the most popular and one of the most
controversial popes in modern history. With his papacy, the church
is witnessing a new stage in the implementation of Vatican II's
reformist vision. Gaillardetz's lecture, presented as part of the
Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action
lecture series, will assess the scope and character of the
reformist program that Pope Francis has undertaken in the church
Gaillardetz received his M.A. and Ph.D. in systematic theology
from the University of Notre Dame. He has published numerous
articles and authored or edited 13 books, most recent being a newly
revised and expanded edition of his popular book, By What
Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the
Church (Liturgical Press, 2018). He has also published An
Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of
Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2015).
Gaillardetz was a delegate on the U.S. Catholic-Methodist
Ecumenical Dialogue from 2001 to 2005 and served as president of
the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2013-14. He is a
much sought after national and international lecturer, and has
received the Sophia Award from the Washington Theological Union for
theological excellence in service of ministry, and in 2018 he
received the Yves Congar Award from Barry University.
The Loftus Lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations
are encouraged at www.gannon.edu/loftuslecture.