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Can The Bishops Find Common Ground?

Pope Francis will meet with Catholic bishops from all over the world to discuss the scandals facing the church on Feb. 21-24.  Looking forward to that conversation, on Monday, February 18th at 12pm/EST the Catholic Common Ground Initiative will offer a webinar conversation to help Catholics understand what is at stake in that meeting and what they can hope for from it.  Where is the space where the world’s bishops can find common ground to move the church forward?  Join Dr. Nichole Flores, Dr. Richard Gaillardetz and Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernandez in a conversation moderated by Rev. Michael Place, chair of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative.  Space is limited in the webinar, but a recording of the conversation will be available.


Watch Webinar Live 2/18/2019


Our Moderator



REV. MICHAEL PLACE is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and was ordained in 1970. He has a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America and several other degrees. He has served as chair of the advisory committee since 2017 where he has been actively involved in helping to shape the work of the Initiative.

Our Panelists

DR. NICHOLE FLORES is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. She speaks, writes and teaches about the significance of Catholic and Latinx theology and ethics in plural social, political, and ecclesial contexts. She has published articles in the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Journal of Religion and Society. 


DR. RICHARD GAILLARDETZ is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the current chair of the BC Theology department. He received a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas, an M.A. in Biblical Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology. 


DR. CARMEN NANKO-FERNANDEZ is a Latin@ theologian at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago whose scholarship focuses on areas of Latin@ theologies, Catholic social teaching, interreligious, ecumenical and intercultural relations, im/migration, sport and theology, and the intersections between faith and popular culture with particular attention to béisbol/baseball.