Human Dignity Lecture - Cardinal Scola

Due to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Scola has to modify his travel plans—and consequently will not be able to give the Human Dignity lecture on campus on February 23. Cardinal Scola wishes to share his deep regrets about having to cancel the lecture.



The Institute for Church Life (ICL) will host His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milan, who will give the annual Human Dignity lecture on Saturday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame campus. Cardinal Scola’s lecture, “The Nature and the Scope of Religious Freedom in Our Contemporary Culture,” will be followed by a reception for all participants and is open to the public.

Cardinal Scola is a philosopher and theologian who holds doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of Milan and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. The author of numerous theological and pedagogical works on topics such as bio-medical ethics, theological anthropology, human sexuality, and marriage and the family, Scola was appointed Archbishop of Milan in 2011 and is a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Human Dignity lecture is part of the ICL’s Project on Human Dignity, which aims to take up the challenge of making the idea of human dignity accessible to persons of all faiths or no faith, and to exhort students, faculty, and all others in the Notre Dame community and beyond to recognize their own human dignity and respect that of others.

Project on Human Dignity objectives are:

  1. To make the concept of human dignity a topic that is “in the air” on campus, and that people become accustomed to talking about and interested in advancing.
  2. To develop the concept of human dignity as the unifying foundation of the Gospel of Life and Catholic Social Teaching.
  3. To defend the right to life from conception to natural death by persuasively clarifying the idea of human dignity on which it is based.
  4. To contribute to the larger interdisciplinary discussion of the meaning of the concept of human dignity in order to discover how to make this concept persuasive for all people.
  5. To clarify the nature and role of the Church as the “sign and safeguard” of human dignity, and to inform students in a way that advances the Church’s role.

The inaugural Human Dignity lecture was given by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in December 2011.  The lecture is available online via the ICL's YouTube channel,

The Project on Human Dignity is housed at the Institute for Church Life under the leadership of Dr. John Cavadini, the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the ICL, and led and administered by the University Life Initiatives Coordinator, Mary Daly.  Please contact Mary Daly with questions.