Crossroads staffers will accept the Cardinal Newman Society's Ex Corde Ecclesiae Award at a Nov. 10 banquet hosted by the society as part of a conference marking the 200th birthday of Cardinal John Henry Newman, patron of Catholic university students.
The Cardinal Newman Society is a national organization of college leaders, educators, students, alumni and others dedicated to the renewal of Catholic identity in Catholic higher education in the United States.
"I'm thrilled," said Crossroads editor Gary Gabor '02. "Basically, we're trying to do what is set out by the award - to make Boston College as true to its Catholic roots as possible. That includes a pursuit of truth in all things. We believe Catholicism has very much to say about the pursuit of truth."
Since its founding in 2000, the paper has dedicated coverage to campus lectures and other topics of intellectual interest in addition to subjects of a religious nature, and has attracted a distinguished group of contributors.
Three of the paper's four founders were Presidential Scholars, as are five of the seven current editorial staff members. Contributors have included Jewish and Protestant students as well as Catholics, and an article from a Muslim student is in the offing, Gabor said.
"We're generally interested in opening the dialogue to all," he said. "It's not a politically-oriented paper, but defined by its Catholic identity, outside of politics. We're trying to make it as genuinely Catholic - and non-political - as possible."
The Cardinal Newman Society conference will be held at the Catholic University of America Nov. 10-11 on the theme: "Newman's Idea of a University: The American Response."
The Crossroads delegation will include current editorial staffers Gabor, Erin Fleck '02 and Tori Somers '04, and founding alumni Brian McAdam '00, Sam Sawyer '00, Sara Davidson '00 and Jeremy Zipple '00.
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