Archbishop’s Lecture Series


The Archbishop’s Lecture Series offers all people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the opportunity to reflect with distinguished Catholic intellectuals, authors and scholars on compelling topics concerning Catholic faith and its relationship to the modern world.  Sponsored by:  Office of the Archbishop and the Office for the New Evangelization

2014 Lectures

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Vianney Hall Auditorium
100 E. Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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SchindlerThursday, December 11, 2014 – 7:00pm
Professor David L. Schindler
Theology of the Body, the Gender Distinction, and Religious Freedom 

Professor Schindler will address the nature of sexual difference (i.e. why male and female?) and why it is so important to our conception of reality as a whole.  He will demonstrate how a loss of the sense of the difference between man and woman lies at the root of the problems of the modern world and in particular, the loss of the sense of intrinsic human dignity, the source of all human rights.  He will show how the loss of respect for religious freedom in the West has its roots in a flawed understanding of the human person, the human body and sexuality.

BIO:  Professor Schindler is Dean Emeritus and Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, D.C.   Since 1982 he has been editor-in-chief of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review.  Professor Schindler has published over seventy-five articles (translated into nine languages) in the areas of metaphysics, philosophical issues in biology and biotechnology, and the relation of theology/philosophy and culture.  He is the author of Heart of the World, Center of the Church: Communio Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation (T&T Clark and Eerdmans, 1996); and also of Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God (Eerdmans, 2011). To learn more, click HERE.


Read Sr. Sara Butler’s April 8, 2014 Lecture: Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church

Read Archbishop Chaput’s October 20, 2014 Erasmus Lecture:  Strangers in a Strange Land

Read Mary Eberstadt’s November 17, 2014 Lecture: What Really Causes Secularization?

Sponsored by:  Office of the Archbishop and the Office for the New Evangelization

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