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Author Robert McClory discusses voices of the faithful

Theology South lecture presented at Saint Xavier University

Chicago (Sept. 18, 2006) – Author Robert McClory will present the opening lecture of this season’s Theology South lecture series at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Saint Xavier University’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

In the lecture, titled “Voices of the Faithful: What it Once Was,” McClory will explore several instances in early Catholic church history in which the voice of the laity was strong, respected and decisive in settling disputes, and what that might mean for Catholicism in the future.

“A crippling problem in the church today is that the narrow, centralized exercise of authority has the effect of muffling the Holy Spirit,” said McClory. 

McClory, associate professor emeritus of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, has written several books on church history, including “Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church.” He has a long association with the organization Call to Action, a Catholic movement working for equality and justice in the Church and society.

The lecture runs until 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public; admission is $6. Coffee will be available beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University Pastoral Ministry Institute at (773) 298-3900.


Contact the Pastoral Ministry Institute at (773) 298-3900

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