Philip J. Murnion Lecture
The Murnion Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative which explores a relevant topic of concern in the Church. Each lecture features a notable speaker on the topic. Participants of the lecture have opportunity to dialogue about the topic to gain further understanding on the subject and the various viewpoints in the Church.
Past lectures include:
2011 Communion Across the Generations: the Challenge and Promise
of Intergenerational Dialogue, by Sr. Patricia Wittberg, SC
2010 Catholic Common Ground Initiative: A Journey to Communion
in Christ, by Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel
2009 How American Catholics Think About the Church, by Dr. James Davidson
2008 Learning form the Political Process for Common Ground in
the Catholic Church, by Brian Williams in place of Timothy Russert
2007 Where to Look for Common Ground? by Jill Ker Conway
2006 "Put Your finger Here...Reconciliation and the Refusal to Cease
Suffering, by Dr. Robert Goizueta
2006 The Role of Dialogue in the Pastoral Life of the Diocese, Tenth Anniversary
Murnion Lecture Celebration, by Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B.
2005 Building a Church of Communion, by Most Rev. James A. Weisbgerber
2004 Common Ground in a Global Key, by John L. Allen, Jr.
2003 Dealing with Diversity and Disagreement: Vatican II and
Beyond, by Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak
2002 The Church and Contemporary Pluralism, by Cardinal Walter Kasper
2001 Dialogue, Truth, and Communion, Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ
2000 The Substance of Things Hoped For: Common Ground and the
Source of our Disputes, by Dr. R. Scott Appleby
1999 One in Christ: Unity and Diversity in the Church Today,
by Cardinal Basil Hume, OSB
The Bernardin Conference brings together various leaders in the Catholic Church in the United States to explore and discuss timely, significant and often divisive topics of the Church. This conference is hosted for three days and participants have varying perspectives and expertise on the subject being discussed. The goal of the conferences is to facilitate a process that will hopefully lead to greater unity among conference participants.
Past Conference topics included:
2009 - A Look to the Future of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative
2008 - Understanding the Ecclesial Movements and Their Interaction with the Local Church in the U.S. Today
2007 - The Migration of Peoples and Immigration Policy
2006 - Reflecting on the Past, Looking to the Future
2005 - Religion, Law and Politics
2004 - Sexuality, Culture, and Catholic Tradition