Communio is pleased to announce a forthcoming conference on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, January 12-14, 2012. Sponsored by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute and co-sponsored by Communio, “‘Keeping the World Awake to God’: The Challenge of Vatican II” marks the 50th anniversary of the convocation of the Council. The program, participant list, and registration information may be found here.

Topics include “Vatican II and the Catholic Contribution to Metaphysics,” “The Catholicity of the Council,” “Holiness, World, and the Meaning of Work,” “Religious Freedom and American Culture,” “Family and the Identity of the Person,” and “God, the Church, and Scientific Intelligibility.”

Speakers include Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Catholic University of America President John Garvey, Francis Cardinal George, Communio authors and editors David L. Schindler, Nicholas J. Healy Jr., D. C. Schindler, Adrian J. Walker, Giorgio Buccellati, Antonio Lopez, FSCB, Roch Kereszty, O. Cist., Margaret H. McCarthy, and others.

From the conference description:

The main purpose of the conference is thus to provide an authoritative grille de lecture for approaching the Council as a whole in its significance for the Tradition and in relation to the current “signs of the times.” The letter of the conciliar documents, taken as a whole, contains a hermeneutical center radiating outwards from the doctrine contained in Dei Verbum and Lumen Gentium and illuminating the Council’s teaching on mission, inter-religious dialogue, modernity, religious freedom, and the like. . . . (read the complete text).