Afternoon Sessions

Simultaneous Afternoon Sessions

1:45pm - 3/4pm

(1:45 – 4pm)

(1:45 – 3pm)

Catholic Philosophy and
the Heritage of Vatican II

The Church in Historical Perspective

Dr. Margherta Oberti

Dr. Christophe Potworowski

Dr. Chris Morrissey

Dr. Shawn Flynn


Question Period

Dr. David Klassen




Catholic Philosophy and the Heritage of Vatican II

Dr. Margherita Oberti
“Faith and Reason”, in Catholic philosophy and Evangelization
In the speech to the Roman Curia of December 23, 2005 Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “steps that the Council took toward the modern age, which in a rather imprecise manner has been presented as an ‘opening to the world’ and belongs decisively among the perennial problems of the relationship between faith and reason”. Pope John Paul II wrote two encyclical letters, Faith and Reason and  Splendor of the Truth to address the issues of Catholic philosophy in the role of evangelization and the heritage of Vatican II.  The Pope rejected the perceived conflict between faith and reason and identified the mutual role of assistance of faith and reason in the path toward the truth. The Popes have spoken many times of the dangers of relativism in the modern world, and the encyclicals review the need for a rational discourse as a basis for the deepening of faith. My presentation will argue in favor of the complementarity of philosophy and theology as well as of the need for Catholic educators to emphasize this truth.

Dr. Chris Morrisey
Thomism, Postmodern Intellectual Culture, and the Philosophy of History

Dr. David Klassen
Vatican II, Catholic Philosophy and Human Rights
It is commonly said that Vatican II was influenced by the work of thinkers such as Jacques Maritain and John Courtney Murray in developing its statements on human rights, including religious liberty, as found in Gaudium et Spes and Dignitatis Humanae. The focus of this talk is on Maritain, the influence of his thought on Vatican II.


The Church in Historical Perspective

Dr. Christophe Potworowski
Communion Ecclesiology: Vatican II and its Legacy
The paper will focus on the elements of Lumen Gentium which gave rise to the idea of communion ecclesiology, with a particular emphasis on the notion of communion of saints. Following the development of scholarly work on Koinonia, the paper then would look at ways of implementation under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as well as some grass roots movements in the laity which suggest a practical understanding of the issues.

Dr. Shawn W. Flynn
The Use of Scripture in Vatican II and in the New Evangelization
This lecture explores the task of the New Evangelization in light of Church documents on Scripture, including Verbum Domini(the recent apostolic exhortation from the Synod of Bishops). The approach will identify key features leading up to the expression of Scripture at Vatican II, the general message of Dei Verbum, and uses that message to reflect upon the role of the theologian and laity in a post-Vatican II context. In order to reflect on this role, the talk briefly defines the New Evangelization through its key features, and offers some Scriptural examples for how those features can be realized.