2019 Spring Newman Lecture and Symposium

In conjunction with Duquesne University, the National Institute for Newman Studies presents our 2019 Spring Newman Lecture and Symposium. Join us for our annual spring lecture and symposium dedicated to John Henry Newman. This year's spring event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the First Vatican Council.

2019 Spring Lecture

​Time Thursday, March 14th at 7 p.m.
Gailliot Center for Newman Studies
211 N. Dithridge St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Plenary Speaker
Dr. William L. Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology at the University of Dayton.

2019 Spring Symposium

​Time Friday, March 15th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Gailliot Center for Newman Studies
211 N. Dithridge St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Thursday Plenary Lecture

Dr. William L. Portier

"The First Vatican Council, John Henry Newman, and the Making of a Post-Christendom Church"


By recognizing only the state and individual citizens, France's Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790) effectively put an end to the confessional state, the last remnant of Christendom in the West. Modern or post-revolutionary politics problematized the very existence of the church as a social body that is anything more than a free association of citizens. This led to two centuries of Catholic pastoral, political, and theological preoccupation with ecclesiology, culminating at the Second Vatican Council. With its emphasis on an infallible teaching authority, Newman's 1845 Essay on Development played a key role. Though they are often rightly contrasted, with Vatican I portrayed as anti-modern and Vatican II as embracing the modern world, both councils are also phases in the church's coming to grips, through its bishops, with modern politics. With Pastor Aeternus, Vatican I declared the church's independence as a transnational body whose reality, given its origin and end, transcends that of an association of citizens in a particular state. Our understanding of the definition of infallibility is enriched by placing it in this context of a post-revolutionary, post-Christendom church. After the council, Newman's Letter to the Duke of Norfolk had a significant political and theological impact on the definition's reception.

Friday Symposium

Dr. Massimo Faggioli

"Vatican I, the new papacy, and the crisis of Catholic globalization"

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University
Dr. Thomas Albert Howard

"The Döllinger Affair and Nineteenth-Century Catholicism"

Dr. Thomas Albert Howard, Professor of Humanities and Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University

Dr. Kristin Colberg

"Not Undone, but Completed": John Henry Newman and the Reception of Vatican I

Dr. Kristin Colberg, St. John's School of Theology and Seminary
Dr. Shaun Blanchard

"Settling Old Scores: Pastor Aeternus as the Liquidation of Early Modern Opponents of Papalism"

Dr. Shaun Blanchard, Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

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