Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity at 50

Micl Ratzinger Registration 1

November 4 - 6, 2018

Organized to mark the 50th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity, ​this conference celebrates a seminal work of the Church' preeminent theologian in the public sphere. With an eye to continuing the task begun in the Introduction, the conference invites us to consider the book’s historical context and theological strategy as we reimagine the work of articulating the Christian mysteries in an increasingly post-Christian age. The conference is for anyone involved in the task of communicating the faith, especially those whose work lies at the intersection of the academy and the Church.


REGISTRATION: The conference is free but we ask you to register here.


CALL FOR GRADUATE PAPERS

Introduction to Christianity grew out of lectures Joseph Ratzinger gave before the student body of the University of Regensburg. The book’s publication in 1968, not long after the close of the Second Vatican Council, marks a milestone in the Church’s engagement with the modern world and in the career of the Church’s preeminent theologian in the public sphere. The Introduction, as an articulation of the abiding significance and urgency of the Christian mysteries, models a form of Catholic apologetic ever more necessary in a world that is increasingly post-Christian. This conference, organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the Introduction, invites us to consider the book’s historical context and theological strategy as we reimagine the work of Christian theology in the public sphere. With an eye to continuing in our own time the work begun in the Introduction, the conference organizers welcome proposals from graduate students for papers that offer, in conversation with the theology of Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI, a narrative presentation of some element of the Catholic faith in a way that accords with the demands of a world some 50 years removed from and yet intimately connected with that of the Introduction.

Proposals for a 15-20 minute paper are welcome before the end of May. Please email a 500 word abstract, CV, and contact information to icl@nd.edu with the heading “Ratzinger Conference Proposal.”


CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: (SCHEDULE COMING SOON)

Rev. Richard Schenk, O.P. | President Emeritus of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Austria

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer | Bishop of the Diocese of Regensburg, Germany

Rev. Robert Imbelli | Professor Emeritus of Theology, Boston College

Tracey Rowland | Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Australia

John Cavadini | Professor of Theology & Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of  Notre Dame

Cyril O'Regan | Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Francesca A. Murphy | Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Clemens Sedmak | Professor of Social Ethics, University of Notre Dame

Leonard J. DeLorenzo | Academic Director, McGrath Institute for Church Life; Concurrent Faculty, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Timothy P. O'Malley | Editor, Church Life Journal; Concurrent Faculty, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Patrick Gardner | Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, Christopher Newport University

Anthony Pagliarini | Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Notre Dame

Donald Wallenfang | Associate Professor of Theology, Walsh University

Rev. Aaron Pidel, SJ | Assistant Professor of Theology, Marquette University

Anthony Sciglitano | Associate Professor of Religion, Seton Hall University
 


TRAVEL

All events will be held in the Notre Dame Conference Center's McKenna Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. 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/ .  Please check the website for available parking.

LODGING

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

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Morris Inn (located directly across from the conference center) at the rate of $149 + tax per night. Rooms are available for the nights of November 4, 5 and 6, 2018. Please call 574.631.2000 and let the booking agent know that you are attending the Ratzinger conference.  

Other local hotels near the University include (but are not limited to):

·       Inn at Saint Mary's

·       Hilton Garden Inn

·       Fairfield Inn and Suites

·       Ivy Court Inn & Suites

DINING

·       Please see here for places to eat on campus.

·       For further information, please email icl@nd.edu or call 574.631.9195