The Catholic University of America

Feb. 18, 2015

Cardinal Tagle to Address Gaudium et Spes at Catholic University

Manila Archbishop to Deliver Annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture

  Cardinal Tagle at the 2014 Baccalaureate Mass.

Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, a Catholic University alumnus, will deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture on Monday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. He will speak on the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (one of four main constitutions of the Second Vatican Council).

Sponsored by Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies, the lecture honors the late archbishop of Detroit who was known for his work to implement the teachings of Vatican II in the United States. The lecture will take place in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room.

“The annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture at The Catholic University of America is supported by a fund established for that purpose in 1982 by a number of American bishops, who wished to honor Cardinal John Dearden, archbishop of Detroit (1958-80), for his erudition, wisdom, and leadership of the Church in the United States,” says Monsignor Paul McPartlan, acting dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies. “Since Cardinal Dearden was strongly involved in the work of the Second Vatican Council and deeply committed to the implementation of the council's teachings, the lecture is often related to Vatican II.

“We are delighted that Cardinal Luis Tagle, archbishop of Manila, will speak on one of the council's most important texts, Gaudium et Spes, in this year's Dearden Lecture. It will be fascinating to hear his reflections on the reception in the multicultural and multi-religious context of Asia of this great document on the Church in the modern world. Cardinal Tagle is one of the foremost leaders of the Church in Asia, increasingly known and respected around the world, and we are looking forward eagerly to his visit.”

Cardinal Tagle received his licentiate in sacred theology in 1987 and a doctorate in sacred theology in 1991, both from Catholic University. In May 2014, the University presented him with an honorary doctoral degree in theology, and he delivered the homily at the University’s Baccalaureate Mass. He has been archbishop of Manila since 2011, and was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. At 57, he is among the youngest cardinals in the world.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, or to request accommodations for disabilities, call 202-319-5683.

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