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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Gaillardetz

theology department

Richard Gaillardetz

The Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology

Department Chairperson

Stokes N329
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3873
Fax: 617-552-0794


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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., M.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., St. Mary’s University, San Antonio
A.B., University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests

Ecclesiology, Vatican II, Ecumenism, Authority and Ministry in the Church, Theology of Marriage, Spirituality and Technology


Contemporary Ecclesiologies
Authority in the Church
Vatican II
Theology of Yves Congar
Marriage and Family

Recent Publications

Go Into the Streets! The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis (co-editor with Thomas Rausch, Paulist Press, 2015).

An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2015).

A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium (co-editor with Edward P. Hahnenberg, Liturgical Press, 2015).

Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II, with Catherine Clifford (Liturgical Press, 2012).

When the Magisterium Intervenes...The Magisterium and Theologians in Today's Church (Editor, Liturgical Press, 2012).

Recent Presentations

“The Sense of the Faithful:  Recovering a Forgotten Teaching from Vatican II.” The Shannon Lecture at Nazareth College, April 16, 2015.

“How Does the Holy Spirit Assist the Church in Its Teaching.” The Holy Spirit Lecture at Duquesne University, January 31, 2014.

“For the Love of the Game: Toward a Theology of Sports.” The Dee Christie Lecture at John Carroll University, October 10, 2013.  


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