(Above) Fr. Robert Christian, OP, stands outside Guzman Hall
with, from left, Harry Steinway, Vice President for Student
Affairs; Robbie Bertola, member of the CDI Advisory Board and
secretary in the math and IT division; James Cotter, professor of
English; Charles Zola, professor of philosophy and director of the
Catholic and Dominican Institute; and Irene Nunnari, professor
emerita in English and a founding member of the CDI Advisory Board.
(Left) Fr. Robert Christian, OP, lectures to the audience.
On September 27, 2012, the Catholic and Dominican Institute
presented Church of the 2nd Vatican Council: A Work
Complete Yet Always in Progress, a lecture by Fr. Robert
Theologian Fr. Robert Christian, OP,
presented the talk, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Second
Vatican Council. He enlightened listeners with exploring the
meaning of Latin phrases such as “Ecclesia Christi subsistit in
Ecclesia Catholica” from the Vatican II document “Lumen Gentium”
and how the wording denotes both continuity and reform over the
original expression, “Ecclesia Christi est Ecclesia Catholica.”
He also discussed how ecumenical dialogue furthers the
exploration of faith, making such dialogue vital to the Church’s
continued growth and well-being.
Fr. Robert Christian is Professor of Theology and Vice Dean of
the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum, Rome. He is a member of
the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and Consultor
to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
For more information about this event, call the Catholic and
Dominican Institute at 845-569-3467.