God Is Love: Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI

Sunday, March 25 - Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Conference Information

Overview

God Is Love: Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI is a reflection on the ongoing theological career and achievement of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), which commences in the 1950s in his reflection on Augustine and Bonaventure. This career—over a period of almost sixty years—is characterized by insightful theological commentary on every conceivable theological topic, repeated soundings in biblical interpretation, consistent interventions in the public arena, faithful advocacy of the value of the Catholic tradition and its practices, and a catechetical mindset that concerns itself with the beliefs and forms of life of the average Catholic living in the modern world.

In addition to offering general characterizations of Benedict’s theological thought, the papers presented will cover Benedict as a doctrinal, biblical, practical, political, and catechetical theologian. Classic texts such as The Introduction to Christianity, The Spirit of the Liturgy, and Benedict’s recent two-volume Jesus of Nazareth will come in for detailed discussion.  Even as pontiff, Benedict remains a theologian; attention will be paid to continuity and differences between texts produced as Joseph Ratzinger and those produced by Benedict XVI.  Benedict’s encyclicals and especially God is Love, will be a focus throughout.

Conference Schedule and Presenters

Detailed schedule, presentation titles, and list of presenters are available online.

Conference Registration

Conference participation is free, although participants will be responsible for their own meals and lodging.

Travel

If you are traveling by car or taxi, please check out the GPS address for the Morris Inn.  The Morris Inn is immediately across the street from McKenna Hall (where most conference events will take place), and is open to the public. The campus is about a ten minute ride from the South Bend Regional Airport, and taxis are generally waiting outside the airport to transport passengers.

South Bend is accessible by air, the South Shore train from Chicago, and buses from both O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.

A campus map is available at: http://map.nd.edu/ .  The Morris Inn has an adjacent parking lot for hotel guests.  Public parking is available near McKenna in either the Visitors' Lot or at the Notre Dame Bookstore.

Lodging

In addition the the Morris Inn on the University of Notre Dame campus, local hotels near the University include (but are not limited to):

Participants are responsible for booking their own lodging for the conference.

Meals

Meals will be on your own throughout the conference.  A variety of eateries are available on campus, all of which are walking distance from McKenna Hall.  Eddy Street Commons, just south of campus, also offers a variety of restaurants.

Miscellaneous

Business casual dress is appropriate for the conference. 

All conference events will be at the Notre Dame Conference Center/McKenna Hall, which is located on the Notre Dame campus immedately across the street from the Morris Inn.


Conference Details for SPEAKERS

Meals and Lodging

Speakers will stay at the Morris Inn, located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.  Sorin's Restaurant, on the main level of the Morris Inn, offers a full breakfast daily to all hotel guests.

All other meals will be provided as part of the conference.

Travel

If you are traveling by car or taxi, please check out the GPS address for the Morris Inn.  The campus is about a ten minute ride from the South Bend Regional Airport, and taxis are generally waiting outside the airport to transport passengers.

South Bend is accessible by air, the South Shore train from Chicago, and buses from both O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.

A campus map is available at: http://map.nd.edu/ .  The Morris Inn has an adjacent parking lot for hotel guests.