Annual St. Augustine Lecture
March 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM Driscoll Auditoriumm
Dr. David Hunter
Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Kentucky
Between Discipline and Doctrine: Augustine’s Response to Clerical Misconduct
As an active bishop, Augustine had to deal with clerical abuse of power, whether sexual or financial. This lecture will explore both Augustine’s practice in dealing with clerical abuse of power and position, as well as his doctrinal convictions on the holiness of the clergy. In his confrontation with Donatist Christians, Augustine developed doctrines on the church and sacrament that can appear to be in tension with his insistence on appropriate clerical discipline. I will examine how he tried to resolve these tensions and how they may assist Christians today in the face of today’s crisis of clerical misconduct.