Secularism and Catholic Universities, La Roche sur Yon, France, October 2012

By Philippe Quentin

On 16 and 17 October 2012 a symposium was held at the Institut Catholique d’Enseignement Supérieur – ICES (Catholic Institute of Higher Education) at la Roche sur Yon, France, on the theme ‘Secularism and Catholic Universities’.

Those who attended included:

  • Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard – Archbishop of Bordeaux, France
  • Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès OP – Director of the Vatican Library and Archives
  • Bishop Alain Castet – Bishop of Luçon, France and ICES Chancellor
  • Bishop Jean-Pierre Batut – Auxiliary Bishop of Lyon, France
  • Bishop Francesco Follo – Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO

as well as many academics from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia and the USA. We note in particular the presence of two members of the IUPG scientific council, Dominique Vermersch and Philippe Quentin.

The proceedings of the symposium are attached so as to discern the complex and multifaceted phenomenon of secularisation as well as to define the role of the Catholic university in such a context. The topics discussed are at the very heart of IUPG’s reflection.

The proceedings of this symposium will be published.

Philippe Quentin’s address – Scientific Culture – An Opportunity for Evangelisation (French)

Dominique Vermersch’s address – The Catholic University facing the Challenge of Prodigal Reason (French)

Mentions légales

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75013 Paris

Représentant légal : Philippe Quentin
Responsable de rédaction : Isabelle Voix
Hébergeur : OVH