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Public Lecture: Prof Douglas IRVINE (7 June 2017, 19h00)

"The social teachings of the Church
and new directions under Pope Francis"


What are the social teachings of the Church? They have been described as the Church's 'best kept secret' - but  they in fact embody the Church's response  to living out the gospel in the modern world in and through our social, economic and political relations.  In 1971 the global Synod of Bishops declared that "action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension in the preaching of the Gospel ..."

Douglas Irvine  will discuss some of the main features of these social teachings, and the ways in which they are being extended by Pope Francis, particularly with regard to migrants and refugees, the care of the environment, and the active participation of lay people in the  Church's mission: "...I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and clinging to its own security...".


Event Details:

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 19:00 

St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated



Prof Douglas IRVINE

Prof Douglas Irvine is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies, University of Natal (now UKZN). He is an external member of St Augustine College's Senate. During South Africa's constitution-making process he was a full-time technical adviser to the Constitutional Assembly (1994-96). Subsequently he worked as a consultant to governments, business organisations and international funding agencies in South Arica and sub-Saharan Africa on good governance and development issues. From 1970 to 1984 he chaired Archbishop Denis Hurley's Justice and Peace Commission for the Durban archdiocese.