March 18, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 13

Church 21 Events Look at Celibacy, Anti-Catholicism

A multifaceted discussion of celibacy and a lecture on anti-Catholic bigotry, both on March 22, highlight upcoming events sponsored by the Boston College Church in the 21st Century initiative. Beginning at 4 p.m. in Higgins 310, Rev. John O'Malley, SJ, of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge presents "Celibacy: Decisive Moments in its History." A professor of church history at Weston, Fr. O'Malley is the author of The First Jesuits, a comprehensive history of the early years of the Society of Jesus.

Fr. O'Malley will be followed by Rev. Columba Stewart, OSB, of St. John's Abbey in Minnesota, who will speak on "Celibacy: Perspectives from the Monastic Tradition." He is the author of Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition.

The final lecture, "Celibacy: Under the Sign of the Cross," will be given by Margaret A. Farley, RSM, the Gilbert L. Stark Chair in Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School. Sister Farley is the author or editor of five books, including Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing and Feminist Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition.

A panel discussion will follow the three lectures.

At 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 008, Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies Philip Jenkins presents "The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice." The title of Jenkins' talk is taken from his recent book, in which he argues that it is still possible in the United States to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions that would come with other slurs.

The Church in the 21st Century project explores the issues underlying the Catholic Church clerical sexual abuse crisis while seeking opportunities for renewal in the Church and its faith community. More information on Church 21 is available at or ext.2-0470.

-Stephen Gawlik

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