“50 Years of Liturgical Reform: Beyond Vatican II Nominalism," the fifth forum in the eight-part series “Vatican II at 50: A Symposium,” will be held Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Loyola Marymount University.

Presented by LMU and Mount St. Mary's College, the forum will feature Dr. Massimo Faggioli, assistant professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and author of “Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning.”

“Fifty years is a significant period of time to assess a reform in the life of the Church,” noted Faggioli. “The anniversary of the liturgical reform is particularly important, as the issue of different ‘liturgical cultures’ in the Catholic Church has been at the center of the debate on the legacy of Vatican II. In a time of change of priorities in the Church with the pontificate of Francis, it is time to reassess what remains of the clashes around the liturgical reform.”

Faggioli worked in the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002. He moved to the U.S. in 2008, where he was visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College before going to the University of St. Thomas.

He writes regularly for Italian and American newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics. His most recent books include “True Reform. Liturgy and Ecclesiology in ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’” (2012); “John XXIII: The Medicine of Mercy” (2014); and “Pope Francis: A Beginning” (Paulist Press, February 2015).

The forum (free and open to the public) will be held at LMU’s Roski Dining Center, University Hall, 1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles. A webcast will be available the evening of the event. Information: lmu.edu/vatican2.