'Believing in a Holy and Sinful Church'

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 17:30 to 18:30

The Hall is pleased to announce a forthcoming lecture by Prof. Brian P. Flanagan, Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia (USA). 

The talk, entitled 'Believing in a Holy and Sinful Church', will take place at 5.30pm on Monday 16 September at Campion Hall (Lecture Room). 

The lecture is free to attend and open to the public. 

Flanagan’s lecture will explore how creedal belief in the holiness of the church can coexist with - indeed, must coexist with - attentiveness to and honesty about the church's failures on its pilgrimage through history. Flanagan argues that a more robust theology of ecclesial sin is a necessary component of an ecclesiology adequate to the experienced reality of a church that is both holy and sinful.

Flanagan teaches systematic theology, ecclesiology, and liturgy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia (USA). He received a Ph.D. from Boston College in 2007, writing on the ecumenist and theologian Jean-Marie Tillard, O.P. Flanagan’s recent book, Stumbling in Holiness: Sin and Sanctity in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2018) “addresses the ways in which both holiness and sinfulness condition the life of the pilgrim church.”