Theology and Philosophy

IRCI to host first event on ACU's Rome campus

The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) is to host the first event at ACU's new Rome centre this September. 

Professor Neil Ormerod, Research Leader in IRCI's Centre for Catholic Thought and Practice, has brought together leading theologians and ethicists for a seminar titled Laudato Si: The Greening of the Church?

This seminar will explore the strengths, weaknesses and implications of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment from a variety of ecclesial and academic perspectives.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Donal Dorr, leading expert on Catholic Social Teaching
  • Eco-theologian's Fr Sean McDonagh (one of the ghost writers for the Encyclical), Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond (Notre Dame University Indiana) and Rev. Prof. Denis Edwards (ACU)
  • Dr Lisa Sowle Cahill, Moral Theologian, Boston College
  • Biblical Scholar Rev. Prof. Francis Moloney (ACU); and
  • Ecological Ethicist's Assoc. Prof. Willis Jenkins (University of Virginia) and Prof. Michael Northcott (University of Edinburgh).

Participants in the seminar are drawn from various institutions. Represented are Durham University, Catholic University of Leuven, Catholic University of America, Lyon University, Sewanee University of the South and Waterloo University Canada.

We look forward to bringing you news from the seminar.