The Centre for Advanced Research in Catholic Thought (CARCT)

at King’s University College, London, Ontario, Canada  is organizing a conference on the theme:

Catholicism after Five Years of a Francis Papacy

Date: March 23-24 (Friday-Saturday), 2018

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University, Connecticut; President-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America

Lecture Title: Understanding Pope Francis: Dialogue, Ideology and Hermeneutical Suspicion

Rev. Dr. John Markey, OPAssociate Professor of Theology at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas

Lecture Title: The Francis Option: St. Francis, Pope Francis and the Spirituality of Encounter

Call for Papers:View the poster

March 2018 marks five years since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected the 266th successor of St. Peter after a surprising resignation by Pope Benedict XVI. This conference aims to reflect on the state of Catholicism after five years of Pope Francis’s pontificate.  We would like to invite papers that would focus on key areas of Catholicism and proceed to analyze and reflect on how Pope Francis and his style of being pope have impacted and changed those areas, as well as what that might mean for the future of the Catholic tradition.

Possible areas to be addressed (not exhaustive) are:

  • Social Justice and Peace Issues
  • Liturgy
  • Sex, marriage, and family life issues (in light of the encyclical Amoris Laetitiae)
  • Ecology (in light of the encyclical Laudato Si’)
  • Ecclesiology, e.g., reform of the Roman Curia
  • Francis as Seen from Outside the Catholic Church
  • Francis and “anti-Francis” elements in the Catholic Church
  • Other salient aspects of the Francis pontificate and its effect on the broad Catholic tradition and the contemporary world

Guidelines for Paper Proposals:

  • Proposals should be no more than 500 words.
  • Include a 100 word précis
  • Provide your name, institution and contact information, including e‐mail
  • Indicate whether you require A/V equipment
  • Deadline for Paper Proposals is December 8, 2017 (Friday)
  • Please submit your proposals electronically to Dr. Julius-Kei Kato,
  • You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by December 22, 2017.

CARCT website:

JK Kato’s website on CARCT: