Symposium: Pastoral Issues in Science and Human Dignity

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, and the USCCB Committee on Doctrine

Wednesday, February 12 -  Friday, February 14, 2014


The purpose of the symposium is to help bishops and their diocesan educational officials explore some of the fundamental theoretical issues in the relationship between science and religion, and some of the practical issues that flow from the interaction between science and religion. It will also include special presentations in the University Planetarium (Notre Dame's Digital Visualization Theater) and on materials and methods available to diocesan, parish and school educators. The symposium is free of charge to each bishop and an educational official accompanying the bishop.

Pastoral Issues in Science and Human Dignity - Program

Cardinal Ouellet

Keynote Speaker:

Marc Cardinal Ouellet, P.S.S. |  Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Christopher  T. Baglow
Professor, Dogmatic Theology, Notre Dame Seminary School of Theology, New Orleans
Director, Pope Benedict XVI Institute for Faith, Ethics & Science

Dr. Stephen M. Barr
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Delaware
Director, Bartol Research Institute

Dr. John C. Cavadini
McGrath-Cavadini Director, Institute for Church Life
Professor, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Kenneth N. Garcia
Associate Director, College of Arts & Letters, University of Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Christian Smith
The William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology
Director, Notre Dame Center for Social Research, University of Notre Dame, IN

Dr. O. Carter Snead
Professor, Law School, University of Notre Dame
Director, Center of Ethics and Culture

Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.
Magis Center of Reason and Faith, Irvine CA

How do I register?

  1. Please contact John Cavadini, Director of the Institute for Church Life, to hold a space at this symposium.  This event is by invitation only; participants should have received a letter of invitation from Professor Cavadini.
  2. Register online.
  3. The registration form needs to be completed by Friday, December 31, 2013.

Travel and accommodations

Participants should make travel arrangements through Anthony Travel, who will bill the ICL directly for the cost of airfare.  Please plan to book your airline tickets before December 31, 2013.

  • Please ask for travel agent Kris Felton.
    Phone: 800-366-3772 (ask for Kris); 574-284-4759 
  • Please be prepared to provide details, i.e., time and date you need to arrive and depart, and the name of the conference.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel to/from the airport.
  • Participants will be staying at the  Morris Inn, located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.  The ICL will book hotel reservations for all conference participants; please do not contact the Morris Inn directly for your reservation. 


Please contact:

Betsy Karnes
Institute for Church Life
342 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone:  574-631-5510