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ACU holds Laudato Si event in Rome

The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at Australian Catholic University (ACU) will hold a major seminar Laudato Si: The Greening of the Church? at ACU’s new Rome Centre this week.

The seminar will bring together leading international eco-theologians, Biblical scholars, ecological ethicists and moral theologians to explore the strengths, weaknesses and implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment from a variety of ecclesial and academic perspectives.

The seminar will be led by Professor Neil Ormerod, Research Leader, Centre for Catholic Thought and Practice in the IRCI. He will be joined by keynote speakers including:

  • encyclical ghost writer and eco-theologian Fr Sean McDonagh SCC
  • eco-theologians Professor Celia Deane-Drummond (Notre Dame University) and Rev. Professor Denis Edwards (ACU)
  • moral theologian Dr Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College)
  • Biblical scholar Rev. Prof. Francis Moloney (ACU)
  • ecological ethicists Associate Professor Willis Jenkins (University of Virginia) and Professor Michael Northcott (University of Edinburgh)
  • Catholic social teaching expert Donal Dorr.

Professor Ormerod said the seminar provided an excellent opportunity for IRCI to commence its activity in Rome.

“We are delighted to be able to bring together participants from various parts of the globe to reflect on the meaning, significance and implications of this papal teaching for our churches, society at large, and the world. The seminar marks our commitment to innovative, high quality, international research collaboration in the disciplines of theology and philosophy.”

Seminar participants are drawn from various institutions including Durham University (UK), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Catholic University of America, Lyon University (France), Sewanee University of the South (US) and St Jerome’s University (Canada).

Event details: 22-25 September 2015

Australian Catholic University/Catholic University of America Rome Center, Via Garibaldi, 28, 00153 Roma, Italy

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