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What:               Annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative Award and Lecture


When:             8 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2003


Where:             The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room

The Catholic University of America

            620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

            Washington, D.C.


Details:            The Catholic Common Ground Initiative will present their annual Cardinal

Joseph Bernardin Award to the Most Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  The Catholic Common Ground Initiative award is given to an individual, group or institution which has furthered reconciliation and/or dialogue on important issues within the Church. The award will be given to Flynn for his career of pastoral leadership, particularly for the materials and processes his archdiocese developed for its parishes during the clergy sex abuse crisis. 


The Rev. Joseph Komonchak, professor of religion and religious

education at CUA, will deliver the annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative lecture, entitled: “‘Is Christ Divided?’ Dealing with Diversity and Disagreement.” Father Komonchak will speak on what he sees as the divisions in the Church that were present at Vatican II, and will examine how those have played out down to the present in the academic and ecclesial worlds.


The Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk, archbishop of Cincinnati, will follow with a reflection on what differences of interpretation of the clergy sex abuse crisis he has experienced and observed, and will suggest whether or not they are related to the divisions Father Komonchak has delineated. 


The lecture is free and open to the public.


Sponsors:         The Catholic Common Ground Initiative and the CUA School of Religious Studies.


Information:   For more information contact: Sister Catherine M. Patten at the 

           Catholic Common Ground Initiative, 212-431-782 or e-mail:









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