Thomas More Lectures

Named after Oxford's great statesman- saint, the Thomas More Lectures provide a platform for consideration of faith-related subjects within the University and the wider academic community.

The lectures were revived under the auspices of the society's patron, His Eminence George Cardinal Pell.  The cardinal delivered the inaugural lecture in 2009.  Each year one or several prominent thinkers are invited to contibute to the series. 
Below are details of previous Thomas More Lectures and related events.  The lectures in 2009 and 2010 constituted a series examining the theme 'Religion in the public square'.


His Excellency Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

'There are Many Young People who are Stuffling to Find a Reason to Remain in the Church: A Response to the Scandals Facing the Church'

4 June 2010

For the text of the lecture see here


The Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy, MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2002 - 2005

'Catholicism and the Northern Ireland Peace Process'

9 March 2010

Click here for a report


The Rt. Rev. John Arnold
in conversation with the Rt. Hon. Dr. Evan Harris MP

'The place of Christianity in the British Constitution'

In the last of our series of Thomas More Lectures examining the theme of 'Religion in the public square' a Catholic Bishop will debate with an atheist politician about the role Christianity should play in shaping contemporary political discourse and governance.

The Right Reverend John Arnold is an Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and chairs the Oxford and Cambridge Catholic Education Board. Dr. Evan Harris MP is a Liberal Democrat politician and winner of the 2009 'Secularist of the Year' award.

Monday 30th November (Eighth WeeK) at 5pm.
E-mail to reserve a place.


His Excellency Mr. Francis Campbell
British Ambassador to the Holy See

'Faith and foreign policy: A perspective from the Vatican'

A joint lecture with the Las Casas Institute

Blackfriars Hall, St Giles, Thursday 14th May 2009, 8.30pm

Click here for the text


His Eminence George Cardinal Pell
Archbishop of Sydney

'Varieties of intolerance: Religious and secular'

Sponsored by The Catholic Herald
Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Friday 6th March 2009, 4pm
Click here for the text
Click here for photographs