JCU Hosts Conference "Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives."

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 Professor Paul Weithman from the University of Notre Dame at the "Rethinking Political Catholicism" conference

Professor Paul Weithman from the University of Notre Dame at the “Rethinking Political Catholicism” conference

On May 22 and 23, the JCU Department of Political Science and International Affairs in collaboration with the Summer Graduate School on Religion and Global Politics hosted an international conference on “Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives.”

For two days nearly fifty scholars from Europe, the United States and the Middle East presented new research on the current practice and future possibilities of political Catholicism in Italy and elsewhere. The scholars ranged from political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians to Italian senators, theologians, Vatican journalists, and philosophers.

Professor Michael Driessen, who organized the conference with Professor Tom Bailey, said, “I felt so enriched by the broad, open and creative conversation of the conference. It was our belief that we could begin to move the debate about religion and politics forward in innovative but grounded ways only by engaging in an intentionally multi-disciplinary approach of this nature. I think we were extremely successful, and I look forward to watching the conversation develop further.”

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