‘Vatican II: An Unfinished Building Site’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Richard R. Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, will deliver Gonzaga University’s 37th annual Flannery Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. The lecture, titled “Vatican II: An Unfinished Building Site,” is free and open to the public.
Vatican II is the popular name for the Second Vatican Council, an assembly of all the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church held from 1962 to 1965. The bishops ordered a large-scale liberalization and modernization of Church practices.
Gaillardetz said Vatican II – once described by German theologian Hermann Pottmeyer as “an unfinished building site” – represents a daring project that has not been completed. In this lecture, Gaillardetz will discuss why the project was, in many ways, left fragmentary. He will then outline the responsibilities pertinent for the Catholic Church to undertake if it is to complete the unfinished agenda of Vatican II.
An ecclesiologist who earned his doctorate in systematic theology from University of Notre Dame, Gaillardetz is an expert on ecumenical councils, particularly the Second Vatican Council. He has published numerous articles and has authored eight books. Recently, he co-authored “Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II,” (co-authored with Catherine Clifford, Liturgical Press, 2012) which presents a less intimidating and more accessible introduction to the vision of the Vatican II. Gaillardetz teaches courses on ecclesiology, the theology of marriage and family, and Vatican II. He is president-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is to become president in June.
Other books he has authored include “Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent” (Orbis, 2008) and “The Church in the Making” (Paulist, 2006). In 2000, he received the Sophia Award from the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in recognition of “theological excellence in service to ministry.” Gaillardetz was a delegate on the U.S. Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue from 2001-2005. Additionally, he has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association for his contributed pieces.
Gonzaga’s Flannery Lecture, which aims to further excellence in theological study and teaching at Gonzaga, is made possible through a gift of the late Maud and Milo Flannery of Spokane. The Flannery Lecture is delivered each year by an outstanding Catholic theologian and presented to benefit as wide an audience as possible.
For more information, contact Jackie Fulton in the Gonzaga religious studies department at (509) 313-6782 or via email.