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Dr. Paul Lakeland discusses Catholicism in America today by labeling it as “a major minority church.” He then speaks about the contributions American theologians have made to the Church at large, such as showcasing the compatibility of democracy with Catholicism. He names John Courtney Murray as a very important influence upon the Vatican Council document on religious freedom and therefore upon the Church today. He also speaks on the impact both American feminist and Latino/Latina theologians have had on the Catholic Church.

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Playing Time:8:56 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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