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Monsignor Philip J. Murnion Lecture

The Murnion Lecture is an annual lecture hosted by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, which explores a relevant topic of concern in the Church.  Each lecture features a notable speaker on the topic.  Participants of the lecture have opportunity to dialogue about the topic to gain further understanding on the subject and the various viewpoints in the Church.


"Faithful Citizenship in 2016: Is There Common Ground to Pursue the Common Good?"

Lecture by: John Carr



“Is Common Ground Possible in the Pursuit of Racial Justice?”

Lecture by: Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D.

Response by: Rev. Lawrence M. Duris


"Finding Common Ground in Catholic Moral Theology"

Lecture by: Regina Wolfe, Ph.D.

Response by: Rev. Michael D. Place, S.T.D.


"Shaping Parish Life: Ongoing Influences of Vatican II and the Catholic Common Ground Initiative"

Lecture by: Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D.

Response by: Kevin Ahern, Ph.D.


"Vatican II - Celebrating 50 Years: The Significance of Gaudium et Spes"

Lecture by: Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J., Ph.D.

Responses by: Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, R.S.M., Ph.D. & Rev. Michael D. Place, S.T.D.


"Communion Across the Generations:  The Promises and Challenges of Intergenerational Dialogue"

Lecture by: Sr. Patricia Wittberg, Ph.D.



"Catholic Common Ground Initiative: "A Journey to Communion in Christ"

Lecture by: Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana

Responses by: Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D. & Peter Casarella, Ph.D.


"How Americans Think About the Church"

Lecture by: James D. Davidson, Ph.D., Purdue University

Responses by: Sr. Amy Hoey, R.S.M., Mike Hayes, & Melissa Cidade


"Tim Russert, the Political Process, and the Common Ground for the Catholic Church"

Lecture by: Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News
Response by: Rev. J. Cletus Kiley, D.Min., President, the Faith & Politics Institute
Jill Ker Conway

"Where to Look for Common Ground"

Lecture by: Jill Ker Conway, Ph.D., Author and Lecturer
Response by: Rev. James Bacik, D.Phil.
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2006: Tenth Anniversary

"The Role of Dialogue in the Pastoral Life of the Diocese"

Lecture by: Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., D.D., Bishop of Las Cruces, NM
Roberto S. Goizueta

"Put Your Finger Here. . .Reconiliation and the Refusal to Cease Suffering"

Lecture by: Roberto S. Goizueta, Ph.D., Boston College
Response by: Margaret Pfeil, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
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Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia, Associate Director of USCCB, Jewish-Catholic Relations: Recipient of the annual Cardinal Bernardin Award
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Archbishop James Weisgerber

"Building a Church of Communion"

Lecture by: Most Rev. James Weisgerber, Ph.L., S.T.L., D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Response by: James Post, Ph.D., President, Voice of the Fathful
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John Allen, Rome Correspondent, NCR

"Common Ground in a Global Key: International Lessons in Catholic Dialogue"

Lecture by: John L. Allen, Jr., Rome Correspondent, NCR
Response by: Mary Ann Glendon., Harvard Law School
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Dolores R. Leckey, Executive Director of the USCCB Committee on Family, Laity, Women and Youth: Recipient of the annual Cardinal Bernardin Award
John Allen, Rome Correspondent, NCR

"Dealing With Diversity and Disagreement Vatican II and Beyond"

Lecture by: Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, S.T.L, Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Response by: Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk, S.T.D., Ph.D., Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio
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Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn, D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul: Recipient of the annual Cardinal Bernardin Award