Lecture on Martin Luther and the Reform of the Church in Blackrock this Thursday

Lecture on Martin Luther and the Reform of the Church in Blackrock this Thursday

A lecture on Martin Luther and the Reform of the Church will be held in St Oliver Plunkett Church in Blackrock this Thursday night at 7pm.

Hosted by Haggardstown and Blackrock parish, the speaker on the night will be Fr Oliver Rafferty, SJ.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation which split Europe. But why did it happen? Was the Reformation solely a religious event? What part did politics play in the religious transformation of 16th century European society? How did the Catholic Church respond to Luther’s protest? These and other themes such as “Catholic Reformation” and the “Counter Reformation” will be examined in a lecture aimed at commemorating Luther’s protest of October 31st 1517. The consequences of Luther’s actions have reverberated down the centuries and his legacy still continues to endure even to the present day.

This lecture is open to everyone who has an interest in this important, historical event.

Fr Oliver P Rafferty, SJ, is Professor of modern Irish and Ecclesiastical history at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA. He has taught at several universities and colleges in Britain and Ireland as well as being a visiting professor in the US, Korea and Australia. His most recent book is Violence, Politics and Catholicism in Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016).

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