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Leadership and Service


Stephen J. Pope, professor of theological ethics, with Mike Sacco, Kerry Cronin, and Mary Troxell, participate in the panel, “Leadership through Conscience, Service, and Relationships” (video from Church in the 21st Century Center).

Reinhold Niebuhr

Niebuhr Event

Boston College professors Lisa Sowle Cahill (Theological Ethics), Mark Massa, S.J. (Historical Theology/History of Christianity), and Erik Owens (Theological Ethics) with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and scholars Andrew Finstuen, and, Jeremy Sabella participate in the panel discussion following the screening of “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” (audio from the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life).

Islamic Spirituality

Pope Francis and Church Reform

Pope Francis Reform

Professors of Theological Ethics, Cathleen Kaveny and Kristin Heyer, were among panelists including James Bretzke, S.J., Susannah Heschel, Thomas Reese, S.J., and Michael Sean Winters discussing the reaction of the Church hierarchy to Pope Francis' papacy. This event was sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry as part of the Dean's Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture. The conversation, moderated by Mark Massa, S.J., is entitled “Theology of Pope Francis: Real Reform or Window Dressing?” (video from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).

Women's Voices

Women's Voices

Professors of Theological Ethics, Cathleen Kaveny and Kristin Heyer, with professors Régine Jean-Charles (Romance Languages and Literatures) and Kerry Cronin (Associate Director, Lonergan Institute, Philosophy Department 
Fellow, Center for Student Formation) participate in the panel, “Women’s Voices: Forming Conscience, Raising Consciousness" (video from Church in the 21st Century Center).

The Catholic Voter

The Francis Pontificate

Richard Gaillardetz

Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, explores the theological shift in Pope Francis's leadership style in “The Francis Pontificate: Historical Anomaly or the Beginnings of a Postmodern Papacy?” (video from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).

University Ethics

Immigration and Ethics

Heyer audio

Kristin Heyer, professor of Theological Ethics lectures at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life on the topic of “Immigration and Christian Ethics” (audio from Boisi Center).

Nostra Aetate at 50

Langer moderator

Ruth Langer, professor of Jewish Studies and associate director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning (CCJL), moderates a panel discussion at the CCJL's celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Vatican II document, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate). “A Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Nostra Aetate” (video from BC Front Row)

Our Common Home Conference

Langer moderator

A multidisciplinary conference, “Our Common Home: An Ethical Summons to Tackle Climate Change,” was held at Boston College from September 28–October 1. Scholars gathered to consider the implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. Information about the conference can be found at the Our Common Home website. A number of videos from the event can be found at the Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) at Boston College via the links below or at the School of Theology and Ministry's Encore Events page for Our Common Home.

Muslim Women and Islamic Law

After Pope Francis' Visit

Francis Visit Video

Thomas Groome (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and director of the Church in the 21st Century Center) moderates a panel including Stephen Pope, Catherine Cornille, and Kenneth Himes, OFM, all of the Boston College Theology Department. “After Pope Francis' Visit: Imagining the Church of the 21st Century” (video from C21)

Impacts of Climate Change

Pope Keyhoe video

Stephen Pope responds to Katharine Hayhoe (associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University and director of the university’s Climate Science Center). Prof. Hayhoe spoke about her research on the social and political impacts of climate change. “Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial” (video from BC Front Row)

Islam 101

Islam 101 Video

Natana DeLong-Bas, editor-in-chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, and visiting assistant professor, Boston College Theology Department and Islamic Civilization and Societies Program, gives the lecture “Islam for Catholics 101” (video from the School of Theology and Ministry).

Pastoral Challenges to the Family

family challenges

Stephen J. Pope, professor of theological ethics, speaks at the Church in the 21st Century Center about “Pastoral Challenges to the Family” (video from C21).

Religious Liberty

Hollenbach religious liberty

David Hollenbach, S.J., is one of the featured experts in this video by the Catholic News Service detailing the history of religious liberty and Catholicism. “Catholicism and the Challenge of Liberty” video

Catholicism and Human Rights

Hollebach podcast

The Creighton University podcast series, "Catholic Comments," features a discussion with Prof. David Hollenbach, S.J., regarding Catholic teaching on human rights. Hollenbach on Catholicism and human rights (podcast from Creighton Center for Catholic Thought)

Christianity and Politics

Ken Himes interview

Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M., talks about his new book. Sample pages from this recent publication are also available. Ken Himes interview on Christianity and the Political Order (video from Boston College Libraries)

Living Catholicism

Michael Himes video

Fr. Michael Himes is the guest editor for the Fall 2013 issue of C21 Resources. This lecture touches upon the themes presented in this most recent issue. “Living Catholicism: Roles and Relationships in a Contemporary World” (video from C21)

Pope John XXIII's encyclical

Pacem en Terris video

Recent Theology Ph.D. graduate, Meghan Clark, speaking of the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Pacem en Terris: 50 Years Later” (video from Catholic News Service)


Goizueta Farmer video

Roberto Goizueta, Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology, in conversation with Paul Farmer, Harvard Professor and founding director of Partners in Health. The two discuss liberation theology and Catholic social teaching in the context of global poverty and social inequality. “Accompaniment: Liberation Theology, Solidarity, and a Life of Service” (video from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)

Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Imbelli videos

Fr. Robert Imbelli, Associate Professor of Theology, participates in ongoing conversations taking place at the Church in the 21st Century Center. “Pope Benedict and the Reception of Vatican II” (video from C21), “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition” (video from C21)

Interview: Keys to the Council

Gaillardetz interview

Richard Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, is interviewed on his book, Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II, authored with Catherine E. Clifford, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Saint Paul University. Gaillardetz interview on Keys to the Council (video from Boston College Libraries)

BBC Discussion of Human Dignity

Hollenbach BBC Radio

David Hollenbach, S.J., participated in a discussion broadcast on human dignity BBC as part of a conference held at the University of Oxford, sponsored by the Chancellor of the University, the British Academy, and the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales. “Understanding Human Dignity” (audio from BBC Radio)

Changing Roles

Communal Healing

John McDargh

Professor H. John McDargh is one of the featured speakers for the conference, “Healing God’s People: Practical Skills and Pastoral Approaches.” Prof. McDargh delivers a lecture entitled, “Focusing: Listening to Your Own Deep Knowing” (video from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).

Prophetic Voices Lecture

Keenan video

James F. Keenan, S.J., the Founders Professor of Theology, participates in the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life's annual Prophetic Voices Lecture series. “The University in the 21st Century: Thinking about Ethics, Persons, and Discourse” (video from BC Front Row)


Responsibility to Protect

Hollenbach video

David Hollenbach, S.J., professor of theology and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice; Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University; and Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, discuss the implications of the “Responsibility to Protect” paradigm for U.S. foreign policy and the international community. “Humanitarian Intervention and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’” (video from BC Front Row)