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September 13, 2012

Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty

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September 13, 2012

Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty

Featuring a keynote address by Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has placed considerable emphasis on the importance of religious freedom as a matter of human dignity and individual flourishing, and as central to a just and democratic society. Abroad, the persecution of Christians and others has reached significant, perhaps even crisis, proportions. At home, issues involving same-sex marriage, abortion, and contraception have sparked sharp controversy about threats to religious freedom, leading the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to establish its own committee to begin engaging these issues.

The Maryland Catholic Bishops Conference and the Religious Freedom Project of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs brought together leading Catholic scholars to address these questions from different perspectives. Cardinal Donald Wuerl gave the symposium keynote address.
10:30am - 12:00pm: Panel I: Dignitatis Humanae and the Legacy of Vatican II
Panelists: Gerard Bradley, Lisa Cahill, John O'Malley, Tom Farr (moderator)

12:00 - 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 - 1:30pm Keynote Address: Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society: The Legacy of Dignitatis Humanae
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with introduction by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia

1:45 - 3:15pm: Panel II: Religious Freedom, the Church, and International Law
Panelists: Robert Destro, John Langan, Daniel Philpott, Marilyn McMorrow (moderator)

3:30 - 5:00pm: Panel III: Conflicts Between Religious Freedom and Other Rights Claims
Panelists: Marc DeGirolami, Cathleen Kaveny, Mark Rienzi, Thomas Banchoff (moderator)

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Donald Wuerl

Donald Wuerl

Donald Cardinal Wuerl is the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, DC and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010. He serves on numerous national and international bodies, including the Vatican Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishops, and the Clergy as well as the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Promoting Christian Unity. Previously, he served as auxillary bishop of Seattle and bishop of Pittsburgh; while in Pittsburgh he worked to remove priests accused of child sexual abuse and pushed the Vatican to take a tougher stance on the issue. His prominent position in the United States capital and numerous publications have made him a key voice in church-state interactions, particularly related to the work of Catholic social service agencies. Ordained in 1966, he earned graduate degrees from the Catholic University of America and the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Thomas Banchoff

Thomas Banchoff

Thomas Banchoff is Vice President for Global Engagement at Georgetown University. He also serves as founding director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and as Professor in the Department of Government and the School of...
Gerard Bradley

Gerard Bradley

Gerard V. Bradley, a noted scholar in the fields of constitutional law as well as law and religion, joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School as professor in 1992, having taught at the University of Illinois from 1983 to 1992. With Professor...
Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill is J. Donald Monan Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College. Her scholarly interests lie broadly in the area of Christian ethics, particularly Catholic social ethics, sex and gender ethics, New Testament and ethics,...
Marc DeGirolami

Marc DeGirolami

Marc DeGirolami is Assistant Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law where he is the assistant director of the Center for Law and Religion. His scholarly and teaching interests are in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law,...
Robert Destro

Robert Destro

Robert A. Destro is professor of law and is director and founder of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He joined the faculty in 1982 and served as Interim Dean from 1999 to...
Thomas Farr

Thomas Farr

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Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A....
Cathleen Kaveny

Cathleen Kaveny

M. Cathleen Kaveny is John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and studies issues at the intersection of law, religion, and morality; she has particular expertise in health care ethics....
John Langan

John Langan

John P. Langan, S.J., is the Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Catholic Social Thought in the Department of Philosophy and Rose Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He has also taught at Yale...
Marilyn McMorrow

Marilyn McMorrow

Marilyn McMorrow, RSCJ, PhD is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service and has been at Georgetown since 1992. She is an expert on political and normative theory of international relations. She teaches courses in the...
John O'Malley

John O'Malley

Fr. John W. O’Malley, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and university professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. His specialty is the religious culture of early modern Europe, particularly Italy. He is also an expert on the Second...
Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, specializes in the relationship between religion and politics and Catholicism’s contributions to freedom and democracy. He has...
Mark Rienzi

Mark Rienzi

Mark L. Rienzi is an assistant professor at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, religious liberty, torts, and evidence. His scholarly research and interests center on the...