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Two Books by Theology Prof. Gaillardetz Honored

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (May 2013) – Two publications by ecclesiologist Richard Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, have been recognized with book awards.

Richard Gaillardetz (Photo by Caitlin Cunningham)

When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today's Church (Liturgical Press), edited by Gaillardetz, has been named a 2013 Excellence in Publishing Award first place winner in the category of theology by the Association of Catholic Publishers. The ACP also honored Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II (Liturgical Press), co-authored by Gaillardetz and Catherine Clifford, with a third place award in the general interest category.

With Keys to the Council, Gaillardetz and Clifford set out to produce an accessible examination of the vision of the Second Vatican Council, which Gaillardetz said is particularly important since a growing number of Catholics have no personal recollection of Vatican II and the way it profoundly re-shaped the understanding and practice of the Catholic faith.

When the Magisterium Intervenes covers many topics, including the investigation of theologians that has occurred in recent years, canonical perspectives on such investigations, the role that women religious have played in these issues, the place of the media when problems arise, and possible future ways forward.

The Association of Catholic Publishers is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards recognize the best in Catholic publishing.

Keys to the Council also was named a winner in 23rd annual Midwest Book Awards presented by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The book was recognized in the religion/philosophy category.

Founded in 1984, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association, is a professional nonprofit association that serves the upper-Midwest independent publishing community through education, networking, and peer recognition.

Gaillardetz is the author/co-author of eight books and editor/co-editor of two volumes. He has been honored for his writings by the Catholic Press Association and received the Sophia Award for theological excellence in service to ministry from the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C. He will assume the presidency the Catholic Theological Society of America in June.


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,