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Papal insider discusses legacy of Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow

Loyola press release - March 17, 2014

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger,” a lecture Tuesday, March 18 by F. Russell Hittinger, Ph.D. Hittinger was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 as a professor ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He is also currently the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa.

The lecture, sponsored by Loyola’s Brendan Brown Natural Law Institute and the Center for Spiritual Capital in the College of Business, takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the College of Law, room 405. It is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Hittinger will draw on his experience serving under Benedict. For the talk, he will focus on Benedict’s changing interests in moral theology and natural law—a system of beliefs inherent to human nature. Benedict’s views on natural law changed dramatically after he became prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in 1981. Benedict then went on to present a seminal paper on the topic at Cambridge University in 1988 that was deemed a decisive magisterial assessment of where the Church, the secular culture and the religions of the world are situated in their discourse about the natural moral law.

The lecture series is named for the late Brendan Brown, a former faculty member of the College of Law. The institute, established through the generosity of the former law professor, sponsors the lecture, colloquia and other scholarly activities in keeping with his passion for natural law and scholarly discourse.

For more information, contact Jessica Howard at 504-861-5760.