03Apr Loyola Institute Conference, TCD: The Role of Church in Pluralist Society: Good influence or good riddance?

The conference entitled The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence? will be held in Trinity College Dublin this June, from  22 to 24 June.

This conference is for all who are concerned about the role of the Church as we move forward into the twenty-first century. The conference will provide Irish people an opportunity to hear world renowned experts, such as;

  • Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, and vocal advocate in support of the rights of refugees and migrants.
  • William T. Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University, Chicago.
  • Professor Massimo Faggioli, a noted commentator on Vatican II. 
  • Catherine Pepinster, editor of the influential Catholic weekly The Tablet

Over the three days there are 16 main speakers, all leaders in their field, and more than 40 parallel papers with speakers from North America, Europe and Australia.

This conference will provide a unique opportunity for people active in the Irish Church to listen to international expertise, and to give deeper consideration to how the Church in Ireland might flourish into the future.

Further details of the conference are available  on our website at http://loyolatcd.com/

Also attached find a DRAFT schedule of speakers, as we are aware that some people may just be able to attend for one day.

There is currently an early bird offer whereby the cost for an individual to attend for the three days (including the conference dinner) is €220 if booked before Monday, 18 April.


The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?



Draft as of 03 April 2016 (may be subject to changes)

For more about each speaker see here http://loyolatcd.com/

Wednesday 22 June 2016

9.00 – 9.30: Registration

9.30 – 9.40: Welcome by Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost & President, Trinity College 

9.40 – 10.30: Professor Terry Eagleton (Lancaster University)

10.30 – 11.00: Tea/Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.50: Professor Patrick Deneen (Notre Dame University)

Hegemonic Liberalism and the End of Pluralism


11.50 – 12.40: Catherine Pepinster (Editor, The Tablet)

12.40 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 4.00: Parallel Papers

4.00 – 4.20: Tea/Coffee Break

4.20 – 5.10: Professor Gerry Whyte (Trinity College, Dublin)

Mind the Gap – Guaranteeing Freedom of Religion in Contemporary Ireland


5.10 – 6.00: Professor Peter Steinfels (Fordham University, New York)

The Media as a Source for the History of the Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal in the United States


6.30 – 8.00: Reception at the Old Library, Trinity College. This will include a private visit to the Book of Kells.

Thursday 23rd June 2016

9.30 – 10.30: Cardinal Reinhold Marx (Archbishop of Munich and Freising)

10.30 – 11.00: Tea/Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.50: Professor Fáinche Ryan (Trinity College, Dublin)

11.50 – 12.40: Professor Hans Joas (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin)

The Church in a World of Options


12.40 – 1.15: Lunch

1.15 – 4.10: Parallel Papers

4.10 – 4.30: Tea/Coffee Break

4.30 – 5.20: Professor Patrick Riordan (Heythrop College, London)

The Secular is not Scary: Cooperation beyond Coexistence


5.20 – 6.10: Professor William T. Cavanaugh (DePaul University, Chicago)

The Hegemony of Optionality: The Church’s Place in a Consumer Society


6.10 – 7.00: Professor Bryan Hehir (Harvard University)

Church State and Church World: The Narrative Since Vatican II


7.30 – 8.00: Conference Reception in Trinity College’s elegant 18th Century Dining Hall

8.00: Conference Dinner


Friday 24th June 2015

9.30 – 10.20: Margaret O’Brien Steinfels (Fordham University, New York)

Standing in the Public Square: Who, Why, What


10.20 – 11.10: Professor Siobhan Garrigan (Trinity College, Dublin)

11.10 – 11.40: Tea/Coffee Break

11.40 – 12.30: Sim D’Hertefelt (Belgium, Producer of Creative Digital Content)

Shaping and sharing digital religious experiences: is the church ready to communicate faith in the 21st century?

12.30 – 1.10: Professor Massimo Faggioli (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota)

Reconsidering the “End of the Constantian Age” in the World of “Technocratic Paradigm”. The Established Church Dilemma.


1.10 – 2.00: Closing Panel Discussion


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