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Dr. Paul Lakeland Engages with the Question: What Has Changed since the Second Vatican Council?

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Dr. Paul Lakeland discusses the changing place of religion in the world as a whole, an important issue since the Second Vatican Council. He says that since the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church has stopped insisting Catholicism is the only true religion, There is a shift in the Catholic sensibilities towards a more accepting "we are all in it together" thinking.

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Playing Time: 3:05 minutes

Interview Date: circa 2010-2011

About the Interviewee: Dr. Paul Lakeland received his Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, his M.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, his Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is currently the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of Fairfield's Center for Catholic Studies. He is a former chairperson of the Religious Studies Department and a former director of the Honors Program. Dr. Lakeland’s research interests include the roles of the laity in the Catholic Church, the papacy, religion and literature and the relations between religious commitment and progressive politics. He is the prolific author of numerous scholarly articles and 9 books including Liberation of the Laity, Catholicism at the Crossroads, and A Council That Will Never End.

About the Interviewer: Dr. Alfred Benney is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and taught courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include “how people learn”; “the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning”; and “myth as explanatory narrative”. He has published work on teaching with technology.

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