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  • LeRoux Lecture Examines the Papacy

    April 1, 2013

    Father Thomas Worcester, S.J., the William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences, presents “From Warrior Pope to Pope of the People: The Changing Papacy, 1513 to 2013” on May 7. Fr. Worcester, who teaches at the College of Holy Cross, joined the History Department for the spring semester.

    "Pope Julius II, 1503-13, is remembered for commissioning the Sistine chapel ceiling from Michelangelo, and as a warrior pope dressed in armor and leading troops into battle. Pope Francis seems to have dramatically different ideas about who and what the bishop of Rome should be," Fr. Worcester said. "My talk examines how and why the papacy has changed in many ways over the past 500 years."

    “From Warrior Pope to Pope of the People: The Changing Papacy, 1513 to 2013” takes place at 7 p.m. on May 7 in Casey Commons. A reception follows. This event is free and open to the public.

    Fr. Worcester, who teaches at the College of Holy Cross, joined Seattle University as the William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences for the spring semester. His scholarship focuses on the Reformation, religion and politics, and early modern European history. He is the author of Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse: France and the Preaching of the Bishop Camus and recently co-edited The Papacy Since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor with James Corkery. His articles have appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, Seventeenth-Century French Studies, Sixteenth Century Journal, and French Colonial History.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 advanced degrees.

     

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