About the Forum

The 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum, Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II commemorates the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have resonance today. The forum will highlight the Declaration on Non-Christian Religions (Nostra aetate), the Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis humanae) and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes).

“The defense of religious freedom, the fostering of inter-faith and ecumenical dialogue and the vigorous engagement of the Church with the modern world are salient issues for us today,” Father Jenkins said. “The golden jubilee of transformative documents of the Council makes this a particularly appropriate time to consider some of the Council’s most urgent teachings.”

Established in 2005 by President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the Notre Dame Forum has featured major talks by leading authorities on complex issues related to global healthimmigration,sustainability, the global marketplaceK-12 educationdemocracy and faith, and women in leadership.