Remembering Pierre Haubtmann

Chief Redactor of Gaudium et Spes


Mgr Philippe Bordeyne, Rector, Catholic Institute of Paris

Clara Staffa Geoghegan, Exec. Sec. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Monday 6 September 2021 7.00-8.30pm AEST
Via Zoom

French priest, Pierre Haubtmann was the chief redactor for the groundbreaking Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the World of Today. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of his tragic death in a bushwalking accident on 6 September 1971.

Chaplain to a French YCW team, then national chaplain to Workers Catholic Action, Haubtmann was a man of pastoral action as well as an intellectual, specialising in the thought of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

Appointed in 1964 to take charge of the drafting of Schema XIII, the future Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the World of Today, Gaudium et Spes, Haubtmann compiled a completely new draft which became the basis of the final document.

“With respect to each question, we begin with facts (previously ‘signs of the times’); we judge them; and we derive various pastoral orientations," Haubtmann noted later, explaining the method used. "This method was explicitly desired by the competent bodies; it manifestly corresponds to the will of the overwhelming majority of the Fathers.”

After the Council, he was appointed as rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, charged with implementing the conciliar reforms to the university's teaching program, a task cut short by his untimely death.

ACI is proud to recall the memory of a leading light of Vatican II.


Philippe Bordeyne
Speaker: Mgr Philippe Bordeyne

Mgr Philippe Bordeyne, outgoing rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, and soon to commence as president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and the Family at the Lateran University in Rome, will be our guest speaker.

A specialist in moral theology, ecumenism and the theological hermeneutics of the Second Vatican Council, he has written extensively on the life and work of Pierre Haubtmann and more recently on the theme of synodality.

In 2015, Pope Francis appointed him as an expert for the Synod of Bishops assembly on the Mission of the Family in the Church and in the world. He also participated in the 2018 Synod assembly on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.
Clara Staffa Geoghegan
Respondent: Clara Staffa Geoghegan
Clara Geoghegan is co-director of the Siena Institute, which assists lay Catholics discern their place in God’s plan and helps them become aware and equipped for their role in the Church’s mission to the world.

The Institute also enables lay Catholics, clergy and religious be co-responsible for the church’s mission of helping every man and woman to encounter the risen Christ.

She has taught Church history at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, and has been executive secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference since January 2020
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