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BC Theology Ranked #5 in the World

The recently released 2017 QS World University Rankings for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies rank Boston College Theology as number 5 in the world. The only other US institution in the top five is Harvard University at number 1, followed by the University of Oxford, Durham University, and the University of Cambridge. QS Top Universities web, BC News

Evangelized by the Poor

Professor Roberto Goizueta provides comment for reporter G. Jeffrey MacDonald in the article “Can controversial Latin American theology speak to Catholics today?”, detailing the recent Ibero-American Conference of Theology held at Boston College. Prof. Goizueta highlights the importance of understanding “American” to mean all peoples of the Americas, and how this can impact the way North Americans perceive migrants: “When we move out to encounter and to befriend the poor, we come eventually to see ourselves evangelized by the poor.” Read more at Crux.

Review of Cathleen Kaveny's Latest Books

Professor Edward McGlynn Gaffney (Valparaiso University School of Law) reviews Professor Cathleen Kaveny's latest books (A Culture of Engagement and Prophecy Without Contempt) in “Politics with vigilance, not vitriol: Heeding Cathleen Kaveny's call.” America magazine

Maccabees Project

The Maccabees Project, co-directed by professor of biblical studies Yonder Moynihan Gillihan, announces its Spring 2017 events. To see the events calendar or for more information about this multidisciplinary research project, visit the Maccabees Project website.

BC Theology at the Louisville Institute

Louisville Institute

Members of the Boston College community attend the Louisville Institute (L-I) annual Winter Seminar. The L-I supports projects that enrich North American religious life. Prof. Andrew Prevot (Systematic Theology, pictured left) was awarded a sabbatical grant for his project, “Christ Who Lives In Me: Mysticism, Feminism, and Ordinary Life.” Prof. MT Dávila (pictured right), who earned her Ph.D. in theological ethics at BC and now teaches at Andover Newton Theological School, was awarded a book grant for her project, “Living the Option for the Poor.” Dissertation fellowships were awarded to theology Ph.D. candidates Jessica Coblentz (“Depression, Salvation, and the Human Person,” pictured second from right), Eddie Gonzalez (“Neighboring the Invisible: Liberation Theologies, the Exodus Narrative and the Catastrophe of Canaan,” pictured middle), and history Ph.D. candidate Peter Cajka (“The Theology of Conscience in America, 1940-1989,” pictured second from left).

Cardinal O'Malley Vatican Appointment

Professor Richard Gaillardetz provides comment to the Boston Herald on Cardinal Sean O'Malley's recent appointment to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a Vatican office responsible for defending church teaching and prosecuting sexual abuse cases. Boston Herald

Toward a Pastoral Magisterium

Professor Richard Gaillardetz writes about the way Pope Francis exercises his teaching authority in "Doctrinal Authority in the Francis Era: Toward a Pastoral Magisterium in Today's Church." Commonweal

Justice and Reconciliation

Professor of Theological Ethics, Stephen Pope, writes "Not the Time for Reconciliation: First Confront the Danger of Trump." Commonweal

Imbelli on Faith

In "The Obedience of Faith," Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli writes about the power of faith in uncertain times. The Catholic Thing [blog]

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