The Future of the Church: Insights from Three Dominicans

Thomas O'Meara OP writes about three Dominicans from the Dominican past and their implications for the future of the Church: 1) William of Tripoli (1270s), who inquired into the relationship of Jesus Christ to Islam, 2) Antoninus-Gilbert Sertillanges (1920s), who looked at the roles of women in a modern society, and 3) Yves Congar (1960s), who developed a theology for the relationship of bishops and popes.

This paper was originally given on April 7, 2005 as the first lecture in the Dominican Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Dominican Studies.


About Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P.:

Father O’Meara, O.P. is a Dominican friar of the Central Province of the Order of Preachers. He is a theologian, teacher and author who has written and lectured exttensively on the topics of Thomas Aquinas, Theology of Ministry and Religion in history.

Father O’Meara i sthe Warren Professor of Theology Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches part-time each semester at Notre Dame, the Catholic Theological Union and the Aquinas Institute. He recently returned from lecturing at St. Joseph’s Theological Institute and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Truly, Fr. O’Meara is an itinerant preacher.

In his book, Thomas Aquinas Theologian, Fr. O’Meara makes an insightful contribution to our contemporary understanding of Aquinas. He further examines the effects of Aquinas’ influence on past and present western thought.

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