Author discusses the future of the Church

Fairfield University professor, Paul Lakeland, outlines the next step for the laity following the Church’s recent sex scandals | October 22, 2004

Paul Lakeland, an expert on Catholic laity and author of Liberation of Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church will discuss his new book, which addresses the recent Church sex scandals and outlines the next step for its laity. Lakeland speaks on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room.

“Lakeland is in a good position to give us guidance on how to be an authentically collaborative church because he has studied this issue for many years,” said Gillian Ahlgren, professor of theology at Xavier and a church historian. "Lakeland wants us to reflect on our faith in a historically grounded manner so we can be faithful to the Church’s traditions yet move forward at the same time.”

Lakeland is the chair of and a professor in the department of religious studies at Fairfield University. His latest book is the sixth in his collection. He published Can Women Be Priests? in 1975, The Politics of Salvation: The Hegelian Idea of the State in 1984, Free in Christ: The Challenge of Political Theology in 1984, Theology and Critical Theory: The Discourse of the Church in 1990 and Postmodernity: Christian Identity in a Fragmented Age in 1997. Lakeland studied in the U.S. and across the Atlantic, receiving a B.A and M.A. in English literature at Oxford University—in his native England—a B.A. in divinity from London University, a licentiate in philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical and a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University.

Prior to the event, Lakeland will speak to theology faculty in a special session at 4:00 p.m. in Hinkle Hall. The program at 7:00 p.m. is open to the public and costs $5. Lakeland’s visit is co-sponsored by Bellarmine Chapel and the department of theology. For more information please call 513 745-3349.