April 1, 2013
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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