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Annual Spring McGinley Lecture to Feature Cardinal Dulles’ Farewell Address


Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Ph.D., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, will deliver his 39th McGinley lecture on Tuesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. at the Leonard Theatre, Fordham Preparatory School, on the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. The lecture is titled, “Farewell Address as Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society (1988 – 2008).”

A response to the lecture will be given by Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at Boston College.

Cardinal Dulles, who will stay on as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society Emeritus, has held the McGinley chair since 1988. Born in Auburn, N.Y., he is an internationally known author and lecturer.  Named to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 2001, he is the only United States-born theologian who is not a bishop ever to receive this honor. Cardinal Dulles has published 23 books and more than 800 articles, essays and reviews on theological topics.

The McGinley Chair in Religion and Society was established in 1985 to attract scholars interested in the intersection of religion with legal, political and cultural forces of society. In the past, Cardinal Dulles’ McGinley lectures have balanced controversial lay themes such as evolution, the death penalty and human rights with his exploration of church theology through topics like the challenge of the catechism and the mission of the laity.

Father Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has written and commented widely on the theology and policies of John Paul and Pope Benedict. He is the editor of Handing on the Faith: the Church’s Mission and Challenge.

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