Panel Discussion: "Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal"


Location: Auditorium, Notre Dame Conference Center/McKenna Hall

It is no secret: the body of Christ in the United States is broken. Division and disunity prevail. Effects of this brokenness are by now familiar, especially at a place like Notre Dame.

Only rarely does a genuinely diverse group of Catholics come together to name our wounds—with the goal of beginning to heal. Come hear this distinguished panel address the question: How can we heal the division and reestablish the virtues of solidarity, love, and humility at the heart of the Christian message?

Most Rev. Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Texas
Rev. John I. Jenkins, president, University of Notre Dame
Julie Hanlon Rubio, professor of moral theology, St. Louis University
Christian Smith, professor of sociology, University of Notre Dame
Michael Sean Winters, writer, National Catholic Reporter

For more information, please visit the Center for the Study of Religion and Society website.

Seating for this event is limited. It will also be live streamed at

This is an opening session of an invited conference of the same name, taking place April 27–28, 2015.