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Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square. A lecture by Cathleen Kaveny


STARTS: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM
ENDS: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM

5416 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL (see map)

Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square: An Ethical Analysis

In this lecture, Professor Kaveny will discuss how Catholics in a pluralistic society such as our own should frame their public discussion of controversial issues. Committed Christian often feel caught between two obligations. On the one hand, we experience a call to speak prophetically, calling attention to moral scandals in our society. On the other hand is the conflicting demand to speak politely and respectfully, taking into account the concerns and needs of those who disagree.

Professor Kaveny will argue that this tension is grounded in two demands of truth in service of the common good: the prophetic demand to “speak truth to power” about controversial moral issues, and the demands of civility, which recognize the equal dignity of our fellow citizens. She will suggest various ways in which that tension can be identified and managed.

Cathleen Kaveny is a nationally noted legal scholar, moral theologian, and the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College with a joint appointment in both the Law School and Department of Theology.

Reception following.

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