March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14

April 5 Boisi Event Discusses 'Pope Benedict After One Year'

The events, pronouncements, decisions and controversies surrounding the first year of Pope Benedict's papacy will be the topic of a discussion to be held April 5 by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

"Pope Benedict After One Year" will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

Boisi Center Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science) will serve as moderator for a panel of four Boston College theologians: Theology Department chairman Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Himes, OFM; Prof. Thomas Groome, who is director of the University's Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry; former IREPM director Assoc. Prof. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM; and Assoc. Prof. James Weiss, an Episcopal priest and expert in the history of the papacy and conclaves.

Among the topics of discussion will be the significance of former Cardinal Ratzinger's election, his style of governance in comparison with Pope John Paul II, his views on the Catholic Church's relation to secular culture, the encyclical Deus Caritas Est, and his views of the religious life and practice of Catholics.

For more information, contact the Boisi Center at ext.2-1860 or e-mail

-Sean Smith

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