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A Public Forum




Francis Cardinal George of Chicago


Professor Charles Taylor




in a

Secular Age


(launched a 15 month research project on November 19, 2009)


Typical of the exodus of people in their 20s and 30s from Church identification are young persons who seem not to have abandoned their basic beliefs or concern for the spiritual dimension of their lives, but to reflect these in an attitude of search rather than of commitment.

In response this research project will focus on unfolding the meaning of the heritage of the faith for the new dimensions and needs of our evolving human awareness, its challenges and opportunities. The goal is to make ?belief more believable,? for both the contemporary ?seeker? and indeed for all the faithful, and thereby to render all of personal and social life more fully human and thereby more expressive of the divine.(More)


Team One: "The Interior Search for Meaning"


Team Two: "The Role of Belief in the Socio-political Order of Our Global World"




 Video streaming  archived: http://live.cua.edu/faithsecular.cfm

 News report: CNS



Program for

"Faith in a Secular Age"

November 19, 2009, Washington, D.C.



Date and Time: November 19, 2009, 4.00pm-8.00pm


Location: Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.



4.00-4.10   Welcome: David M. O?Connell, CM, President,  The Catholic University of America


4.10-4.20  Project description: George F. McLean

President, The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP);

Director, CUA Center for the Study of Culture and Values (CSCV)


4.20-5.30 Conversation: Cardinal Francis Georgeand Professor Charles Taylor

Moderator: José Casanova, Berkeley Center, Georgetown University


5.30-6.00 Research Team Coordinators:

Team I. John Haughey, S.J.,

Woodstock Theological Center,

Georgetown University

Team II. William Barbieri,

School of Theology and Religious Studies,

The Catholic University of America


6.00-6.30 Pause: refreshments


6.30-7.45  Audience Participation for Questions and Research Suggestions

Moderator: Ilia Delio, OSF,

Washington Theological Union


7.45-8.00  Conclusion



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