SHU's Cardinal Spidlik Center for Ecumenical Understanding to Host Inaugural Public Event

News Story: November 21, 2007

The Cardinal Špidlík Center for Ecumenical Understanding at Sacred Heart University presented its inaugural public event, a lecture titled “Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue—Problems and Progress,” on November 27.

The discussion featured two speakers: Fr. Ronald Roberson, a resident of St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C., and associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

The two experts spoke about the relationship between the Orthodox and Catholic churches, the progress that’s been made toward the communion of said churches, and the difficulties associated with that objective.

Prior to the event, Dr. Anthony Cernera, President of Sacred Heart University stated “The reunion of the churches is an important topic. We hope that people will come away from the lecture with a clearer understanding of what unites the Orthodox and Catholic churches, and what the difficulties in dialogue are. We are all called upon to work for the communion of the Churches”.

This Špidlík Center, founded in the fall of 2006, is dedicated to promoting greater ecumenical understanding and cooperation through dialogue, research, education, publicati
ons and artistic collaboration among the Western and Eastern Churches.

The center is named for His Eminence, Cardinal Tomás Špidlík, a founder of Rome’s Centro Aletti, a center for study and research attached to the mission of the Society of Jesus at the Vatican’s Pontifical Oriental Institute. Cardinal Špidlík is a Jesuit priest and scholar who has spent more than 50 years pursuing dialogue and greater union between the Western and Eastern “branches” of Christianity.