The MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series featuring Peter Steinfels, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)
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Cynthia Stooksberry
Vice President for Mission & Identity

St. Mary's University's MacTaggart Lecture Series and the newly established Center for Catholic Studies have teamed up to present this year's first lecture on the theme, A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, join us for a lecture by former New York Times journalist and religious scholar Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., who will address the topic, Sex Abuse and the Future Church.

The next day, the Center for Catholic Studies will host The Crossroads Symposium, which will continue the conversation with panel discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead as the Catholic Church works to re-engage with the community. Learn more about the panelists at

Mark you calendars for upcoming MacTaggart  lectures:

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Rebuild My Church featuring The Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Ph.D., Bishop of San Diego, and moral theologian

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Heeding the Call featuring Carolyn Woo, former President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

Guest Speaker
Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., Author, Journalist, Educate, Former Professor and Co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University

Peter F. Steinfels (born 1941) is an American journalist and educator best known for his writings on religious topics.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, and a lifelong Roman Catholic, Steinfels earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and joined the staff of the journal Commonweal in 1964. He served as a visiting professor at Notre Dame in 1994–95 and then as visiting professor at Georgetown University from 1997 to 2001. From 1990 to 2010, he wrote a column called "Beliefs" for the religion section of The New York Times.

He has also been a professor at Fordham University and co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. Steinfels has written several books, including The Neoconservatives: The Men Who Are Changing America's Politics) and A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.

He has argued in favor of the ordination of women as priests and deacons, and has suggested that this could eventually lead to the creation of female cardinals. (Bio from 

St. Mary’s University welcomes you to a free, annual lectures series featuring men and women who have shaped the Catholic intellectual tradition − a tradition at the heart of the educational enterprises at St. Mary’s University. .

Free and open to the public. Please park in Lots D or H. 

For more information, contact Cindy Stooksberry at 

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