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October 30, 2006

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Join the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, and the Very Reverend Bernard McGarty, Visiting Scholar of Ecumenical Studies at Viterbo University, as they present “Exploring Catholic Identity” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on the Viterbo campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Bishop Listecki and Monsignor McGarty will share their insights on Catholic identity and what it means to be Catholic in the 21st century.

“In the 40 years since Vatican II, the Catholic Church has experienced monumental changes in its understanding of its role in the modern world,” Msgr. McGarty said. “Yet church teaching says the church is the same institution founded by Christ 2,000 years ago. The essential work and structure of the church is unchanged. How does one reconcile the two tensions? This joint lecture is designed to answer this question.”

The subject of understanding Catholic identity was one of Bishop Listecki’s stated goals when he was appointed. As Visiting Scholar of Ecumenical Studies, Msgr. McGarty gives two lectures a year in the areas of religious studies and ecumenism.


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