Present and Future of an Ibero-American Theology in Times of Globalization, Interculturality, and Exclusion
An historic meeting at Boston College brought together more than 40 Latin American, U.S. Latino/a, and Spanish theologians to discuss the current status of Latin American theology in a globalized world, and the challenges its interculturality and inclusion pose to evangelization and geopolitics. This panel discussion highlights some of the insights of this gathering and illuminates how Latin American liberation theology, which Pope Francis received in Argentina through the theology of the people, influences and shapes his teachings and pastoral actions. The outcomes of this meeting will be presented to Pope Francis by participants who are close papal advisors.
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).
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).
James Morris, professor of comparative theology, presents the lecture “‘God is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty’: Foundations of Practical Spirituality in Islam” (video from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).
Pope Francis and Church 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).
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
Kenneth Himes O.F.M., professor of Theological Ethics lectures on “The Catholic Voter and the Signs of Our Times” (video from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).
The Francis Pontificate
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).
James Keenan, S.J., Canisius Professor and Director of the Jesuit Institute speaks at the Boise Center for Religion and American Public Life on the topic of “University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics” (audio from Boisi Center). Also see Prof. Keenan's interview on his recent book, University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics (video from Boston College Libraries).
Immigration and Ethics
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
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
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.
- Opening Lecture given by Senator Edward J. Markey, United States Senator for Massachusetts, “Leading the Way: The Economic, Technological, and Moral Imperative for U.S. Climate Action” (video from ILA YouTube channel)
- Opening Lecture given by John Holdren, Assistant to the President of the United States for Science and Technology, “Climate Science, the Pope’s Encyclical, and the President’s Climate Action Plan” (video from ILA YouTube channel)
- The Canisius Lecture given by His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Cardinal of Ghana and president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Planet” (video from BC Front Row)
- Policy/COP21 Panel Discussion with panelists Maryanne Loughry, RSM (associate director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia), Edouard Tétreau (French economist and essayist; member of the Vatican’s Cortile dei Gentili scientific committee), and moderator Joseph Manning (associate, Corporate Program, Ceres); “Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities” (video from ILA YouTube channel)
- Global Climate Change Policy Lecture given by Graciela Chichilnisky, visiting professor of economics, Stanford University, professor of economics and of statistics, and director, Columbia Consortium for Risk Management, Columbia University, “Avoiding Extinction: The Role of COP21” (video from BC Front Row)
- Climate Change and the Media Panel Discussion with panelists Andrew Revkin (environment reporter for the New York Times, senior fellow for environmental understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University), Grant Gallicho (associate editor at Commonweal Magazine, and moderator Tiziana C. Dearing (associate professor, School of Social Work, Boston College); “Laudato Si' and the Media” (video at ILA YouTube channel)
- Implications of the Encyclical Panel Discussion with panelists Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM (associate professor of theology, Boston College Theology Department), Kristin Heyer (professor of theology, Boston College Theology Department), Dan Misleh (executive director, Catholic Climate Covenant) and moderator Kevin Brown (Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology, Boston College Theology Department); “Laudato Si' and Catholic Social Teaching” (video at ILA YouTube channel)
- Theology/Ethics Panel with panelists Willis Jenkins (associate professor of religious studies, University of Virginia), Erin Lothes (assistant professor of theology, College of Saint Elizabeth), and moderator Grant Gallicho (associate editor of Commonweal Magazine); “The Theology and Ethics of Sustainability” (video at ILA YouTube channel)
- Keynote Lecture given by Julian Agyeman, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Tufts University, “Toward Just Sustainabilities” (video from ILA YouTube channel)
Muslim Women and Islamic Law
Natana DeLong-Bas lectures on “Muslim Women and Islamic Law: Myths and Realities” (video from the School of Theology and Ministry).
After Pope Francis' Visit
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
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)
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).
Catholicism and Human Rights
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
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)
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
Fr. Michael Himes, professor of systematic theology, delivers the lecture The Changed and Changing Roles and Relationships among Laity, Religious, and the Ordained in the 21st Century (video from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).
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
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
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)