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
Cost per lecture:  $5.00
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Robert GeorgeTuesday, September 30, 2014 – 7:00pm
Professor Robert George
What Marriage Is and Isn’t

Among the “most-talked-about thinkers in conservative legal circles,” Professor Robert George will address one of the most important question of our times: what is marriage?  Until now, no society had seen marriage as anything other than a conjugal partnership: a male-female union. In this lecture, Professor George will defend the reasons for this historic consensus and show why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good.

Flyer for Robert George Lecture

BIO:  Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  In July 2013, he was elected Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.  He recently co-edited an influential book in defense of marriage entitled What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.  He is the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, and Justice Antonin Scalia has referred to him as among the most-talked-about thinkers in conservative legal circles.  To learn more, click HERE.


Monday, November 17, 2014 – 7:00pm 
Mary Eberstadt
How the West Really Lost God

Mrs. Eberstadt’s lecture will be based on her recent book How the West Really Lost God. “In this magisterial work, cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt turns this standard account on its head. Marshalling an impressive array of research, she shows that the reverse has also been true: the undermining of the family has further undermined Christianity itself.”  Watch a video of Mrs. Eberstadt introducing her book.

Flyer for Mary Eberstadt Lecture

BIO:  Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Fellow for the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2002.  She is the author of several influential books: Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution (2012); The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (2010); and Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes (2005).  In her most recent book, How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (Templeton 2013), Mrs. Eberstadt proposes that an accurate account of the secularization of the West must include an account of the breakdown of the family and how this breakdown has contributed to the loss of faith in the Western world.  To learn more, click HERE.


SchindlerThursday, December 11, 2014 – 7:00pm
Professor David L. Schindler
Theology of the Body, the Gender Distinction, and Religious Freedom 

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

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

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