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

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 include:

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

November 2 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
McNally Amphitheater | Lowenstein Building
Fordham University | 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

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’s Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church.


Featured Past Events

Reckoning and Reform: New Horizons on the Clergy Abuse Scandal
The 2019 Russo Family Lecture
March 26, 2019

Hans Zollner, S.J., President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome, discusses the Catholic Church reform efforts and the global context of the sexual abuse crisis.

Part 1: Margaret Leland Smith and Karen Terry, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, discuss the scope of the crisis and its causes.
Reckoning and Reforming Part 1 Video
Reckoning and Reforming Part 1 Transcript
Reckoning and Reforming Part 1 PowerPoint

Part 2: Hans Zollner, S.J., President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome, discusses the Catholic Church reform efforts and the global context of the sexual abuse crisis.
Reckoning and Reforming Part 2 Video
Reckoning and Reforming Part 2 Transcript


The Future of Women Deacons Panel

The Future of Women Deacons: Views from the Papal Commission and the American Pews
January 15, 2019

The diaconate, an early church office that included both men and women, was limited to "mature men" when it was restored by the Catholic Church as a permanent vocation in 1967. Speakers discuss the issue of women deacons past, present, and future.

Watch The Future of Women Deacons Video

Read The Future of Women Deacons Transcript


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