Events

The Church and China in the Age of Francis: A Panel Discussion

Join the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the University of Notre Dame Press, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study for a panel discussion exploring the continuing story of the Church in China and Pope Francis' efforts to resolve the longstanding dispute with its communist government. This moderator for this event is Lionel Jensen, and the featured panelists are Michel Chambon, John Lindblom, Jin Lu, and Megan Rogers. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 1951, the Holy See and China broke off diplomatic relations, leading to tensions and divisions within the Church in China and the emergence of two communities, one "official" and subject to control by the Patriotic Association, and the other "unofficial." Over the years the relationship between these two communities has ranged from openly contentious to cooperative. The Vatican's recent strategy for establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing raises important questions about the role of the Catholic Church in China, including the extent of state authority in Church matters, détente, the coexistence of ecclesial communities and state agencies, charity, convergence between the two communities, and the fate of the millions of Catholics who identify with the underground Church.

This event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and members of the public.