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Panelists talking at the Pope Francis: Reform and Resistance event

Pope Francis: Reform and Resistance
Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh and the Fate of the Papacy

November 4 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge | Lowenstein Building
Fordham University | 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

Registration for the event is closed.

As Francis’s remarkable pontificate approaches its seventh anniversary, the pope is facing an increasingly virulent and vocal opposition -- much of it based in the United States or funded by American Catholics. How serious is this opposition? Is it damaging the Church? The papacy? Or is it only directed at Francis and will recede when he leaves the scene?

These questions will be at the heart of a discussion with Austen Ivereigh, who will be at Fordham for the United States launch of his new biography, Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church

Does Faith Have a Future?
A Symposium on God, Religion, and the ‘Nones’

October 15 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
McNally Amphitheater
Fordham University | 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

“None of the above” is the fastest-growing religious identifier in the United States, a category boosted by a surge of younger people. This generational shift is the greatest challenge facing religious communities, and one with enormous implications for American society: the “Nones” have fewer social connections and less social capital than their parents and grandparents.

What does this disaffiliation mean for the future of the U.S.? What does it mean for the future of faith? Who are the “Nones” anyway? Are they atheists? Agnostics? Just indifferent? “The ‘Meh’ Generation”? Or does their attitude point toward a new path for traditional religious communities?

Participants included:

Cracks in the Secular
James K. A. Smith and the Augustinian Call

October 2 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge | Lowenstein Building
Fordham University | 113 West 60th Street | New York, NY 10023

Our modern world has a particular vision of what the “pursuit of happiness” means. Independence. Self-sufficiency. Conforming the world to our desires.

James K. A. Smith — philosopher, popular lecturer, and prolific author -- understands the attraction of such secular happiness, especially for young people. But he also detects what he calls “cracks in the secular,” signs that can illuminate a different path to happiness.

Smith shared insights from his new book on spiritual seeking, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts.


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