Marking the 50th Anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s important encyclical Pacem in terris, the conference’s goal was to evaluate the encyclical’s perspective in light of developments in the international geo-political situation over the last 50 years that have affected the way states and other global actors seek to achieve a just and peaceful political and economic order.
The conference began with a keynote address by Roland Minnerath, Archbishop of Dijon, followed by a panel discussion by a highly distinguished panel of scholars. The session was held at the University of Chicago on April 4th.
Joseph Weiler (New York University)
Russ Hittinger (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, University of Tulsa)
and Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard University, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican).
The conference continued on Friday, April 5th in invitation-only sessions in downtown Chicago. The Friday sessionsfeatured scholars from a variety of disciplines, government leaders, and a select group of Catholic prelates including Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council on Interreligious Dialogue. The wide-ranging discussions engaged issues affecting the international community with respect to human rights, religion and religious freedom, sovereignty and subsidiarity, and the conditions that serve to foster a just peace.
Schedule of sessions on Friday, April 5:
Session One: Human Rights: Catholic and Secular
Paolo Carozza (University of Notre Dame, Director of Center for Civil and Human Rights)
José Zalaquett (University of Chile Law School)
Session Two: Religion, Politics, and Freedom
John Witte (Emory University)
Allen Hertzke (University of Oklahoma)
Session Three: Sovereignty and Subsidiarity
Fr. John Langland, S.J. (Georgetown University)
Jean Bethke Elshtain (The University of Chicago)
Session Four: Conditions for a Just Peace
Janne Haaland Matlary (University of Oslo, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway)
Daniel Philpott (University of Notre Dame)
Co-sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Notre Dame Institute for Church Life, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Faith, Thought, and Culture.