Spring Lecture

The Decline of Catholic Identity: An Opportunity for a New ‘Catholic Moment’

Partisan ChurchPolitical and religious changes since World War II have amplified deep divisions with the Catholic Church and contributed to a breakdown in American Catholic identity. Looking back on latter decades of the twentieth century, Todd Scribner will discuss this breakdown, look at select efforts to reconfigure what it means to be Catholic in America, and inquire to what extent this breakdown might have shaken confidence in the long-standing assumptions regarding the marriage between Catholicism and Americanism. Could the opening that is created signify a new “Catholic Moment” for the church, and what would this mean?

shribnerAbout the Speaker

Todd Scribner (Ph.D, Catholic University of America) is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is author most recently of A Partisan Church: American Catholicism and the Rise of Neoconservatism (CUA Press, 2015), and has written extensively on the history of Catholic responses to migration and immigration.

Event Details

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5:00pm Social Hour | 6:00pm Dinner | 7:00pm Lecture

The Society’s House
263 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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