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Msgr. Philip J. Murnion Lecture of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative

The Murnion Lecture, before 2007 known as The Annual Lecture of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, 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.

2017

"Dialogue in the Key of Pope Francis"

Lecture by: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, S.T.D., Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
 
2016

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

Lecture by: John Carr, Founder and Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University

 

2015

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

Lecture by: Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D., Professor of Theological Ethics at Marquette University

Response by: Rev. Lawrence Duris, Pastor of St. Ailbe Catholic Church of Chicago

2014

"Finding Common Ground in Catholic Moral Theology"

Lecture by: Regina Wentzel Wolfe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics at Catholic Theological Union

Response by: Rev. Michael D. Place, S.T.D.Program Director for the Franciscan Leadership Enhancement Program at Franciscan Alliance

2013

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

Lecture by: Sr. Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., S.T.L., Ph.D., Endowed Chair for Social Scientific Study of Religion at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Response by: Kevin Ahern, Ph.D. (cand.), Doctoral Student in Theological Ethics at Boston College and Adjunct Professor of Theological Ethics at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM)

2012

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

Lecture by: Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J., Ph.D.University Professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University

Responses by: Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, R.S.M., Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Mission and Values Integration at Catholic Health Partners (CHP), and Rev. Michael D. Place, S.T.D.Program Director for the Franciscan Leadership Enhancement Program at Franciscan Alliance

2011

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

Lecture by: Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C., Ph.D.Professor of Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

 

2010

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

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

Responses by: Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D., J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor, and Peter J. Casarella, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) and Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University

2009

"How Americans Think About the Church"

Lecture by: James D. Davidson, Ph.D.Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Purdue University

Responses by: Sr. Amy Hoey, R.S.M., Ph.D., Co-Founder and Co-Director of Companioning the DyingMike Hayes, Co-Founder of Busted Halo, and Melissa Cidade, Research Associate and Director of Pastoral Assistance Surveys adn Services (PASS) at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)

2008

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

Lecture by: Brian Williams, Anchor of NBC Nightly News
 
Response by: Rev. J. Cletus Kiley, D.Min., President and CEO of The Faith & Politics Institute
2007
Jill Ker Conway

"Where to Look for Common Ground"

Lecture by: Jill Ker Conway, Ph.D.Visiting Professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Response by: Rev. James J. Bacik, D.Phil., Pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish at the University of Toledo
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2006: Tenth Anniversary Lecture and Celebration

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

Lecture by: Most Rev. Ricardo Ramírez, C.S.B., D.D.Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico
 
 
2006
Roberto S. Goizueta

"'Put Your Finger Here . . .': Reconciliation and the Refusal to Cease Suffering"

Lecture by: Roberto S. Goizueta, Ph.D.Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology at Boston College
Response by: Margaret R. Pfeil, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Moral Theology/Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame
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2005
Archbishop James Weisgerber

"Building a Church of Communion"

Lecture by: Most Rev. V. James Weisgerber, Ph.L., S.T.L., D.D., Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Response by: James E. Post, Ph.D., President of Voice of the Fathful
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2004
John Allen, Rome Correspondent, NCR

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

Lecture by: John L. Allen, Jr., Rome Correspondent at the National Catholic Reporter
Response by: Mary Ann Glendon, J.D., LL.M., Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University
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2003

"Dealing With Diversity and Disagreement: Vatican II and Beyond"

Lecture by: Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, S.T.L, Ph.D., John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Chair in Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America
Response by: Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk, S.T.D., Ph.D., Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
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2002

"The Church and Contemporary Pluralism"

Lecture by: Cardinal Walter Kasper, Dr. theol., Dr. theol. habil., President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
 
 
2001

"Dialogue, Truth, and Communion"

Lecture by: Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., S.T.D., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University
Response by: Monika K. Hellwig, LL.B., Ph.D., President and Executive Director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
 
2000

"The Substance of Things Hoped For: Common Ground and the Source of Our Disputes"

Lecture by: R. Scott Appleby, Ph.D., Director of the Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame
Responses by: Dolores R. Leckey, Senior Research Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, and Robert Royal, Ph.D., President of the Faith & Reason Institute
 
1999

"One in Christ: Unity and Diversity in the Church Today"

Lecture by: Cardinal George Basil Hume, O.S.B., S.T.L, D.D., Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, London, England
Responses by: Mary Ann Glendon, J.D., LL.M., Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, and Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., D.Phil., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame