Lawrence Cunningham

Lawrence Cunningham

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John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

Catholic church, the Pope, the Papacy, history of Christianity, Christian spirituality

There seems to be no aspect of Catholicism, from the most trivial historical detail to the most profound theological doctrine, about which Lawrence Cunningham is not articulate and knowledgeable. His scholarly interests are in the areas of systematic theology and culture, Christian spirituality and the history of Christian spirituality. Along with numerous articles in encyclopedias and scholarly and popular journals, he is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including several biographies of ancient and modern saints. Adept at explaining complex and sometimes arcane details of Church history, liturgy, teaching, governance and spiritual life, he is frequently consulted by journalists covering religious topics. Cunningham has won three Catholic Press Association awards for religious writing and has been the “Booknotes” columnist for Commonweal for over 10 years.


Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S.


Pope Francis and the new cardinals
Theologian Lawrence Cunningham speaks on Catholic Church fears of schism
Scholars assess Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical


Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine ‘holy light’ on climate change
Change at the Vatican: Notre Dame faculty experts look ahead
New book celebrates Notre Dame’s campus chapels
Notre Dame to celebrate Blessed Basil Moreau’s feast day
Something for the Pope to read
Theologian Cunningham to be honored by Neumann College
Theologian recounts some notable past papal conclaves
Professor Cunningham to be honored by Bellarmine University
Cunningham article wins CPA award
Theologian recounts some notable past papal conclaves


America — Seven Arguments for Refusing the E-Reader
The Hill — Vatican trip a blessing for Obama?
Indianapolis Star — Pope Francis’ first year has challenged Hoosier Catholics to look at their faith anew
Yahoo News — Pope-Putin Visit: Is church détente in the works?
U.S. Catholic — Paranormal activity: Do Catholics believe in ghosts?
Boston College Magazine — On not knowing
The State — Analysis: ‘Pagan’ is getting a makeover. Not everyone got the memo.
NBC Philadelphia — Many Christians Are “Pagan” Claims Philadelphia Archbishop
The New York Times — Catholics, Continued
New York Post — The ‘Vatileaks’ Scandal is really about unseating the world’s most powerful Catholic
National Post — Catholic seal of confession under siege in Ireland
The Press-Enterprise — Catholic men find spiritual sustenance in rosary
Boston Globe — Modern Miracle
The New York Times — On Eve of Retirement, Cardinal Breathes Life Into Debate on Priestly Celibacy