The courage to change

The Gaudium et spes Chair of the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II, together with the Vita e Pensiero publisher, is organising a dialogue with Tomáš HALIK, Czech theologian and philosopher, author of the volume Afternoon of Christianity. The courage to change, published these days (info here).

The dialogue will be attended by Card. Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, Armando Matteo, Secretary of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Luca Bagetto, philosopher and Associate Professor at the University of Pavia.

The meeting will be introduced by Pierangelo Sequeri, Director of the Gaudium et spes Chair and moderated by TV2000 journalist Monica Mondo, while the conclusions will be delivered by the Dean of the John Paul II Institute, Philippe Bordeyne.

In his book, Halík outlines perspectives for a reform of the Church that sees it as an attentive interlocutor in the culture and society of our time. In our days in much of the western world, churches, convents and seminaries are emptying out, tens of thousands of people are leaving the Church,’ explains Halík.

‘The dark shadows of a recent past take away the Church’s credibility. Christians are divided – and today’s divisions are not between churches, but rather within them. The Christian faith now faces not militant atheism or harsh persecution but a far greater threat: indifference. With this book, I ask myself about the changes we are facing today and what possible future forms of Christianity are being announced in the midst of the current crisis’

The presentation will take place in the Auditorium of the John Paul II Institute (Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 4) next Friday 2 December at 12 pm.

Simultaneous English/Italian translation will be provided. It is necessary to bring a mobile phone and headphones.

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