News of 2013
Continuing the Conversation
In the wake of Pope Francis's widely-discussed interview, Rev. Robert Imbelli poses new questions for the pontiff in his America article, "An Ongoing Conversation."
Catholic Press Awards Perkins
Prof. Pheme Perkins was awarded the Catholic Press Award. Her book, First Corinthians, won first place in the Scripture category.
Vatican II's Bold Vision
Richard Gaillardetz analyzes the first six months of the Francis papacy in his article for the National Catholic Reporter, "Francis wishes to release Vatican II's bold vision from captivity."
Pope Francis Gives Extended Interview
In a recent interview, Pope Francis calls for a broadening of Catholic discourse beyond issues like abortion and contraception. Prof. Stephen Pope offers remarks to the Wall Street Journal. Prof. James Weiss offers his remarks to the Boston Herald.
Fr. Michael Himes is guest editor of the Fall 2013 edition of the C21 Resources magazine. This issue explores how the Church must respond to the challenges of the contemporary world.
Professor of Theological Ethics, Stephen Pope, speaks to Boston Magazine regarding Pope Francis' comments about gay priests in a July press conference.
U.S. Catholic asks Professor Roberto S. Goizueta, expert on liberation theology and Christology, "how can we be a church of the poor?"
Professory of church history and director of BC's Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Stephen F. Brown, was recently elected vice president of the Academy of Catholic Theology (ACT).
Graduate Director, Richard Gaillardetz, becomes the president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).
Best Religious Liberty Coverage
An article by David Hollenbach, S.J., co-authored with Thomas Shannon, is part of a special issue of America magazine that has received the 2013 first place award from the Catholic Press Association for Best Coverage of Religious Liberty Issues. The article is titled “A Balancing Act: Catholic Teaching on the Church’s Rights—and the Rights of All” and it appeared on March 5, 2012 in the issue of America on “Religious Liberty,” with other articles by Bishop Blase Cupich and by Prof. Mary Ann Glendon. The Association described the issue this way: “A wide-reaching, but thorough reflection on religious liberty today. Timely and informed, with pressing issues at the forefront. Staggering in its breadth and grasp.”
Congratulations to Professor John Darr and Professor Stephen Pope. Both are celebrating 25 years at Boston College and will be recognized at a special dinner by university President William P. Leahy, SJ.
Professors Donald Dietrich, Charles Hefling, and Fr. Robert Imbelli, all retiring after this year, will be honored at a dinner by university President William P. Leahy, SJ.
Congratulations to Professor Richard Gaillardetz whose recent book, Keys to the Council (Liturgical Press), co-authored with Catherine Clifford, received first place in the Religion/Philosophy category of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association awards.
Included among the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) 2013 awards for "Excellence in Publishing" are two of professor Richard Gaillardetz's publications. Gaillardetz is the editor of When the Magisterium Intervenes (Liturgical Press) which won first place in the "Theology" category. Keys to the Council (Liturgical Press), co-authored with Catherine Clifford, won third place in the "General Interest" category.
Graduate students Kevin Ahern and Nicholas DiSalvatore recently won the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award for 2012-2013. Congratulations to Kevin and Nicholas!
Congratulations to M. Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology, recently promoted to full professor. In addition to being beloved by her students, Professor Copeland is a renowned scholar of theological and philosophical anthropology, political theology, as well as African American Catholic experience and history. She is the recipient of numerous awards and author of over 100 publications, including Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being.
Just released from Orbis Books, Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, edited by Kevin Ahern, student in Theological Ethics. This volume includes articles from young scholars all over the world reflecting on the Church in light of the Second Vatican Council. Among the authors whose works were selected for this publication include B. Kevin Brown, Christopher Conway, Benjamin Durheim, Eduardo Gonzalez, Michael P. Jaycox, and Stephen Okey.
The Boston College Chronicle profiled professors Andrew Prevot and Brian Robinette, both of whom joined our systematics faculty this past year.
Professor James Keenan shares his thoughts on the election of Pope Francis I with the National Catholic Reporter.
Congratulations to Professor Catherine Cornille, Chairperson of the Theology Department, for her recent appointment to the Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture.
A new book by Professor of Theological Ethics, Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., will be released in April 2013 by Orbis Books. The title is Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation.
Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics, a book by Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor of Theological Ethics.
Rev. Robert Imbelli edited the Spring 2013 issue of Church in the 21st Century Resources. Fr. Imbelli also wrote an article for the issue entitled, "The Heart Has Its Reasons."
Congratulations to Professor David Vanderhooft who was honored with the G. Ernest Wright Award. Prof. Vanderhooft with Prof. Oded Lipschits merited this award for their book, The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah.
Meghan J. Clark, who received her Ph.D. from the Theology Department in Theological Ethics, now assistant professor of moral theology at St. John's University, reflects on her experience in America Magazine, in an article entitled, "Sandy's Victims: Separating tragedy from injustice."