The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) are proud to present The Catholic Contribution, a virtual lecture series from Professor John Haldane.

The aim of this series is to understand the nature, development and self-understanding of Roman Catholicism and its contribution to the culture of Europe and beyond, not just historically but through to the present day and into the future.

This means going to its origins in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the experience of the apostles in making sense of these, as well as in founding communities based upon them, in which those teachings were preserved and transmitted to the wider world.

Turning from the concerns and controversies of the present day to deeper and more enduring matters, the series will explore the Catholic contribution from historical, cultural and philosophical perspectives to build a picture of Catholicism as providing a clear-sighted, realistic and ennobling understanding of human nature.

The Lectures

Attendance is free and open to all. Click on the sessions below for more information and to register your interest.

Introduction: What does it mean to be Catholic?
Thursday 14 October, 4.00 pm AEDT

A four-fold foundation: Judeo-Christian Greco-Roman synthesis

Rebuilding of the West

The Church and Society

Catholic Anthropology and Catholic Education


For MACS staff, please register via the CEVN website in the Online Professional Learning (OPL) (activity code 21REL450A).

For all other registrations, please register here.

Teacher Accreditation

Catholic Schools teachers who wish to have their participation in the lectures recognised for accreditation purposes, please register on OPL.

If you have registered on TryBooking for your tickets, please also register on OPL so that you can access your PL record.

At the end of the lecture series, please then email the appropriate diocesan contact person below, indicating which lectures you participated in.

‘By far the most insightful person on Australia’s Q&A program this week was the Catholic theologian and philosopher John Haldane. He took complicated and charged questions and tried to make sense of them. In doing so, he spoke of something critical in a liberal democracy, something we are at risk of losing – the idea of “reasonable disagreement” on controversial issues.’

Gay Alcorn, The Guardian.