October 7, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 3


Vatican correspondent Allen to speak Oct. 18

John L. Allen Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, an independent weekly newspaper, will present "How Rome Views the American Church" on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Allen appears regularly on television and radio outlets around the world as a commentator, including CNN, Fox News and National Public Radio, has published his work in The Tablet, Jesus, Second Opinion, The Nation, The Miami Herald, Die Furche and The Irish Examiner, and writes a weekly Internet column on Vatican affairs, "The Word From Rome." His reporting has been honored by the Catholic Press Association.

The author of the 2004 book The Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks, Allen also has written The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith, a controversial biography on Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election.

Allen's appearance is sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century. For more information, see or call ext.2-0470.

Panel discussion to examine new book on Jewish-Christian relationship

Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation, will speak on his new book, For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity, as part of an Oct. 19 panel discussion.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Walsh Hall Function Room.

Rabbi Greenberg has spearheaded a decades-long project aimed at developing a positive Jewish theology of Christianity. His new book is the culmination of this work and has been described in pre-publication reviews as "courageous," "important," "a major contribution," and "an unprecedented sign of hope."

Responding to Rabbi Greenberg's presentation will be Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Executive Director Philip Cunningham, Prof. Francis Clooney, SJ (Theology), and Steven T. Katz, director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University.

For more information, visit the center's Web page at

Diversity programs for 2004-05 slated

The Human Resources Department has announced its diversity programs for the 2004-05 academic year, including a series of diversity awareness workshops. The workshops are divided into two modules: Module I, which begins Oct. 21, provides a foundation for discussion of diversity-related issues, which can be further explored in Module II, which starts Nov. 10.

For details, see the Human Resources web page or call ext.2-8730.

InfoTech events this month

Vice President for Information Technology Marian Moore will discuss the outlook for computer technology at Boston College at a "Lunch and Learn" gathering on Oct. 14, one of several events being sponsored this month by the University's Information Technology Services department.

For information on these and other ITS offerings, see

Employee Development programs for October

Boston College employees this month will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and to discuss business ethics and controls, as part of the programs sponsored by the Employee Development Office.

On Oct. 15, the office will present a "Meet Your Colleague" session with Center for Ignatian Spirituality Director Rev. Julio Giulietti, SJ, while on Oct. 27 Office of Internal Audit staff members Patricia O'Donnell and Shay Atar host an interactive session on business ethics issues.

For more information, visit

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