Panel to Discuss Jesuit Text

A panel of University administrators, faculty and students will discuss the Society of Jesus' recent document on women and its implications for Boston College at a forum on Oct. 23. The event, titled "Jesuit Solidarity with Women at Boston College: A Conversation in Response to the Jesuit Declaration," will take place at 7 p.m. in Fulton 511. The forum will examine "Jesuits and the Situation of Women in Church and Civil Society," one of the most widely publicized documents to emerge from last spring's Society of Jesus General Congregation 34. The document urges all Jesuits to align themselves in solidarity with women and suggests methods of accomplishing this, such as teaching the equality of women and men in Jesuit ministries, using inclusive language in speech and official documents, fostering awareness of violence against women, supporting movements which oppose exploitation of women and encouraging their entry into political and social life.

Jesuit Institute Director Michael Buckley, SJ, who participated in the proceedings of GC34, will moderate the panel, which will include: Jesuit Community Rector Prof. Joseph Appleyard, SJ (English); Prof. Mary Brabeck (SOE); Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Carol Hurd Green; Assoc. Prof. Francis Clooney, SJ (Theology); Undergraduate Government of Boston College President William Lyons '96; and UGBC Vice President Mea Quinn '97.

Following a brief introduction by Fr. Buckley, the presenters will speak for five minutes each, followed by an open discussion between the presenters and the audience. The forum will likely cover topics such as the circumstances that prompted the writing of the document, where Boston College is successful or unsuccessful in fulfilling its intentions, and "the steps we might take to fulfill its spirit more deeply," said Green, one of the event organizers.


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