This one-day Symposium is an opportunity to listen to presentations from theologians on the role of authority in the Church, especially in light of developments in synodality and becoming a listening Church. A particular focus will be the relationship between the Papacy and Revelation in the context of a post-modern culture.

7.30am: Mass in the Main Chapel

8.15-8.45: Continental Breakfast after Mass (outside Aula Spencer)

8 .30-9.00am: Arrivals and Registration (Foyer)

( Coffee on arrival outside Aula Spencer)


9.00-9.15: Welcome and Opening Address

9.15-10.15: Prof Jacob Phillips (St Mary's London) - Ecclesial Authority, Truth and Freedom in a postmodern culture.

10.15-10.45: Coffee break

10.45-11.45: Rev Dr Vincent Twomey(Emeritus Professor Maynooth) - Papal and Synodal Authority: What can we learn from the 4th century?

11.45- 12.45: Rev Timothy Radcliffe OP (Oxford)- Authority in the Synodal Church.

12.45-13.15: Questions and Discussion

13.15-14.00- Lunch

14.00-14.15: Coffee (outside Aula Spencer)

14.15- 15.15: Mr John Stayne (Durham)- Integrating the Papacy: Papal Infallibility and a Synodal Church.

15.15-15.45- Coffee Break

15.45- 16.45: Dr Mary McCaughey (Oscott)-Authority and Truth: Joseph Ratzinger on the Democratic function of the Magisterium.

16.45- 17.15: Panel Discussion

17.30-18.15: Adoration and evening prayer.

18.15: Evening Meal (for speakers and invited guests)/ Departures

Please note that the ticket includes access to all lectures, refreshments (breakfast for early arrivals after early Mass, three coffee breaks and a sit-down two course lunch).

A limited number of tickets for students and OAPs are available at a discounted price of £35 (main ticket price: £55).

Accommodation is not included. The nearest hotels are in Sutton Coldfield. Travelodge, Boldmere road is in walking distance.