Church in the 21st Century

Church in the 21st Century

From Crisis to Renewal

A look at upcoming events being held as part of Boston College's "Church in the 21st Century" program:

Tonight (Oct. 3), 7 p.m., Higgins 310. The Lonergan Workshop presents "Vatican II: of Happy Memory - and Hope?" Cambridge University Norris-Hulce Professor of Theology Nicholas Lash will examine several ecclesiological issues taken up by the Second Vatican Council and how they relate to the current crisis in the Catholic church.

Monday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Gasson 305. A panel discussion, "Laity in Governance of the Church: Ecumenical Wisdom," will feature Harvard Divinity School Professor Richard Parker, Hellenic College Professor Thomas Fitzgerald, Andover-Newton Theological School Professor Mark Heim and Fredrica Harris-Thompsett, a professor at Episcopal Divinity School.

The Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry will sponsor two events next week.

Friday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gasson 100. A lecture and panel discussion, "Vatican II at Forty: Looking Back and Looking Forward," followed by a reception in the St. Mary's Hall rose garden.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m., Fulton 435. "On the Church in the Modern World: A Pastoral Perspective on the Pastoral Constitution," with Prof. Thomas Groome (Theology) and Gregory Baum of McGill University.

For more details, call ext.2-8440 or visit the IREPM World Wide Web site [].

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Robsham Theater. The Communication Department sponsors "Spotlight on Scandal: How The Boston Globe Broke the Story and Covered the Sexual Abuse Crisis," featuring Boston Globe Spotlight Team editor Walter Robinson and staff.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Higgins 300. Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Sparks (LSOE) presents "Psychological and Spiritual Impact of Sexual Abuse on Children."

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Gasson 100. Northwestern University history professor and Why I Am a Catholic author Garry Wills presents "Being Catholic."

The "Church in the 21st Century" Web site [] offers information on the program and related events.


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