The Theology of Pope Francis: Real Reform or Window Dressing?
A panel of theologians and writers at STM’s fifth annual Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture considered whether Pope Francis would spur lasting change within the Church. STM Dean Mark Massa, S.J. (pictured, left), moderated the discussion before a capacity crowd in the Heights Room on April 20, just weeks after the Vatican released Amoris Laetitia, the pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family. Panelists James T. Bretzke, S.J., STM professor of moral theology; Kristin E. Heyer, Boston College theology professor (pictured, right); Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College (pictured, center); M. Cathleen Kaveny, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College; Thomas J. Reese, S.J., senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter; and journalist Michael Sean Winters expressed varying views on Pope Francis’s ministerial model. While Bretzke contended that the pope has created a “revolutionary paradigm shift,” Heschel argued, “Unless he writes it down … it could be overturned all too easily.”
Published three times a year by STM, New Testament Abstracts (NTA), the much-lauded research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy, and students, marked its 60th year. Founded at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1956, the publication came to STM when the schools re-affiliated in 2008. Each year, Christopher R. Matthews (pictured, right), editor and research professor of New Testament, and assistant editor Christopher R. Stroup (pictured, left) write nearly 3,000 objective abstracts in English of journal articles and books published in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, as well as English. (STM Professor of New Testament Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., edited NTA from 1972 until his death in 2014.)
“The distinctive contribution of NTA,” Fr. Frank J. Matera noted in America magazine in 2014, “is the concise and informative summaries it provides for every book and article, enabling scholars and graduate students to decide what to pursue in their research.” The editors donate the 2,000 journals and 800 books they survey annually to Boston College’s Theology and Ministry Library. NTA is available through subscription (for printed copies) or online through EBSCO Publishing, in partnership with the American Theological Library Association.
Evolution and the Primacy of Love
EVELYN UNDERHILL LECTURE IN CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. | Robsham Theater | Chestnut Hill Campus
On May 23, STM celebrated the 129 students who earned advanced degrees in the 2015–16 academic year at the STM diploma ceremony in front of Cadigan Alumni Center.
Earlier that day, the University awarded Fr. Emmanuel Mwerekande, M.A. ’06 (pictured, center), an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the University’s 140th Commencement Exercises in Alumni Stadium. Since 2011, Fr. Mwerekande has served as parish priest at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish in Mubende, Uganda, which has more than 50,000 members, 41 sub-churches, and 20 Catholic schools open to children of all faiths. Boston College recognized his work to improve the water supply, agricultural practices, school lunches, classroom materials, and in turn the lives of the people in his community.
Summer at STM’s first session begins June 27, 2016. This year’s re-envisioned program offers three-week, three-credit courses in theology, ministry, and education; one-credit weeklong courses for enrichment or renewal; and introductory Latin and Greek language courses. An online course is also available, and full-time area ministers can receive discounts for audited courses.
James T. Bretzke, S.J., published an article, “In Good Conscience: What Amoris Laetitia can teach us about responsible decision making,” in America magazine. He also published an op-ed in the Boston Globe on Pope Francis’s remarks on the Zika virus and a scholarly review of Steven Jensen’s Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Driving Oughts in the online Catholic Books Review. Bretzke organized the 2016 New England Maritimes American Academy of Religion (NEMAAR) Conference held at Boston College on April 2, 2016, and participated in a panel discussion. Additionally, Bretzke presented an academic paper at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Convention in Toronto and gave a daylong presentation concerning the Year of Consecrated Life and the Jubilee of Mercy for the Diocese of Fall River. He was re-elected to serve for a seventh year on the Board of Trustees at the Convent School of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bretzke has been part of a number of media interviews on various Church-related topics to various media outlets, including CNN, CBS, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe.
André Brouillette, S.J., gave a lecture on “The Spirit at Work: St. Teresa of Avila in Life” for the STM Continuing Education program and another on “Salvation as Reconciliation” for the New England Carmelites. He also led the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at the La Salette Retreat Center for Carmelite Associates.
Currents in Biblical Research published Andrew R. Davis's article, “Recent Research on the Megilloth.” Davis cofacilitated a Jesuit Volunteer Corps silent retreat at the Campion Center in Weston, Massachusetts.
Dominic F. Doyle published an essay, “Is charity the Holy Spirit? The development of Thomas’ disagreement with Peter Lombard,” in Questions on Love and Charity: Summa Theologiae, Secunda Secundae, Questions 23–46.
Angela Kim Harkins published two journal articles: “The Odes of Solomon as Solomonic Pseudepigrapha” and “Ritual Mourning in Daniel’s Interpretation of Jeremiah’s Prophecy.”
Mary Jo Iozzio presented two lectures at the College of the Holy Cross on disability and modifying technologies. She also presented a lecture to a Boston College undergraduate seminar in patristics on disability and providence. Iozzio gave a lecture on ethical concerns with the critically ill disabled patient at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida. She participated in the Jesuit Institute of Boston College's yearlong seminar on mental health, suffering, and stigma. Iozzio attended the annual retreat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was re-elected to a two-year term as a public member of the board. The FIRST published her essay “Poppies and Memorializing the Dead.”
Melissa Kelley presented a workshop on change and resilience in communities of faith at the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden, Connecticut. She became a fellow in the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Catherine M. Mooney presented a lecture, “Hildegard of Bingen: Why a Twelfth-Century Radical is Still Radical Today,” at Mary Washington University. She spoke at St. Susanna Parish in Dedham, Massachusetts, on “Women and the Church: Rome’s Stained Glass Ceilings” and presented “Catherine of Siena and Her Critics” at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.
Theresa A. O’Keefe gave a lecture, “Managing Connections or Building Relationships? Teens and digital technology,” for the STM Continuing Education program.
Hosffman Ospino received the 2016 Catechetical Award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in recognition of his service to the Catholic Church and pioneering spirit and innovative vision in the ministries of catechesis and evangelization. Ospino contributed articles to Catechetical Leader and the Church in the 21st Century Center, as well as the Journal of Catholic Education, coauthored with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill. Ospino gave an academic lecture on “Immigration and Communion: Building American Catholicism in the 21st Century” at St. John’s University’s School of Theology in Minnesota.
Nancy Pineda-Madrid published “Sex Trafficking and Feminicide along the Border: Re-Membering Our Daughters” in Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples and “Feminicidio: Interrogación al Cuerpo Roto de Cristo” in Revista Teología. Pineda-Madrid also gave a lecture, “Feminicidio: Interrogación al Cuerpo Roto de Cristo,” which she presented in Spanish at the second Congreso de Teólogas Latinoamericanas y Alemanas. She also presented at the College of Saint Elizabeth as a keynote lecturer. Pineda-Madrid is a new member of the editorial board for Theological Studies and a founding member of the Feminist Studies in Religion forum.
Barbara Anne Radtke gave a presentation on the “Effectiveness and Impact of Online Learning for Adult Faith Formation” at the Strategic Planning Summit of the National Association of Catholic Media Partners.
Andrea Vicini, S.J., reviewed an article in Schöpfung bewahren: Theologie und Kirche als Impulsgeber für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung (Preserving Creation: Theology and Church as Stimuli for a Sustainable Development). He contributed to the “Fresh Thinking Podcast” with Judith Gundry, hosted online by the Center of Theological Inquiry. Vicini also participated in an international congress, “Congreso Latinoamericano de Etica Teológica, Hacia una Ética de Participación y Esperanza,” in Bogotá, Colombia.