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ISIS Tactics
Prof. Natana DeLong-Bas provides her expertise in an interview with the Boston Herald regarding the recent U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.

BC Professors Meet with Pope Francis
Prof. James Keenan, S.J., professor of theological ethics and director of the Jesuit Institute, led a group working on concerns related to theological ethics to Rome for a private audience with Pope Francis. This group also included BC professor of theological ethics Kristin Heyer and associate director of the Jesuit Institute Toni Ross, among other colleagues from various institutes and universities. Read more about the trip at BC News, Crux, NCR Online, and Chicago Catholic.

African Christian Theology Conference
Professor M. Shawn Copeland attended the University of Notre Dame conference, “African Christian Theology: Memories and Mission for the 21st Century” in Rome. Prof. Copeland spoke with Crux about a number of issues, including the role of women in African Theology. Read more at Crux and see an interview with Prof. Copeland posted by John Allen on Facebook.

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 Engagementand 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
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]

Engaging Particularities Call for Papers
The annual Engaging Particularities Conference held by the Comparative Theology graduate students with the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue announces their Call for Papers. This year's special theme is "Exclusivity and Inclusion in Religious Communities." Proposal submissions for the special theme or the general call are due by December 31, 2016. For details, see the Call for Papers or the Engaging Particularities conference website.

Stephen Pope Reviews Doing Good
Professor of Theological Ethics, Stephen Pope, reviews Doing Good . . . Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help by Connie Newton and Fran Early for America magazine. America magazine, BC Bookmarks

Langer on Peres Legacy
Professor Ruth Langer offers her thoughts on the legacy of the recently deceased Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Prof. Langer is currently conducting research and teaching in Jerusalem. BC Chronicle

Undergraduate Presents Honors Thesis
Theology student Catherine Larrabee ‘16 is presenting her thesis research at the Conferencia Ecuménica sobre Las Migraciones en el Caribe. Catherine will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to share her work on migration and theology. Read more about Catherine's volunteer and student leadership experience in the Boston College Gavel article, "Catherine Larrabee Shines as a Social Justice Warrior."

M. Shawn Copeland at the College of St. Benedict
Professor M. Shawn Copeland will deliver the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture lecture, entitled "Compassion Matters," at the College of St. Benedict on September 26, 2016. In addition, Prof. Copeland will be in residence at the College of St. Benedict from September 25-27, including a book discussion with faculty and a discussion with students about the Koch Chair keynote lecture.

Book Review by Robert Imbelli
Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli reviews The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology by Thomas Joseph White, OP, for First Things. First Things

Book Review by Pheme Perkins
Professor Pheme Perkins reviews The World's Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria by Michael Peppard for America magazine. America, BC Bookmarks

2016 Catholic Press Association Awards
Professors Richard Gaillardetz, Kristin Heyer, and Stephen Pope were awarded by the Catholic Press Association (CPA). Prof. Gaillardetz was awarded second place honors in the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II catgeory for his book, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press). Prof. Heyer was awarded third place honors in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom category for a book she co-edited with David E. DeCosse entitled, Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities and Institutional Responses (Orbis Books). Prof. Pope was awarded third place honors in the Pastoral Ministry category for his book, A Step Along the Way: Models of Christian Service Orbis Books). 2016 CPA Book Awards Gallery, BC News

Understanding the Ascension
Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli writes “Ascension isn't Jesus ‘on sabbatical’ until Second Coming.” Crux

New Books from Kaveny
Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Theology and Law, Cathleen Kaveny, publishes two books: A Culture of Engagement: Law, Religion, and Morality and Prophecy Without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square. BC News

Reevaluating Just War Theory
Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill will attend a Vatican conference reevaluating just war theory and justifications for violence. National Catholic Reporter

On Amoris Laetitia
Professor Cathleen Kaveny provides comment on Pope Francis's latest apostolic exhortation. New York Times

Pope Francis, the Zika Virus, and Contraception
Professor James Keenan traces the moral reasoning behind Pope Francis's response to questions regarding the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception in the wake of the Zika virus outbreak. America

Impact of Pope Francis' Statement on Zika
Professor Stephen Pope comments on possible pastoral responses to the issue of artificial contraception in light of Pope Francis's recent statements about the Church's teaching on contraception and the Zika virus. Business Insider

Synod on the Family
Professors Stephen Pope and Richard Gaillardetz reflect on the challenges addressed and those that remain after the Synod on the Family in October 2015 in “Doctrine Air: Room to Breathe on Church Teaching.” Commonweal

Special Report: Justice in the Global Economy
Professor of theological ethics and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice (CHRIJ), David Hollenbach, S.J., co-authored a report entitled, Justice in the Global Economy: Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities.

Zika Virus and Catholic Teaching on Birth Control
Professor of bioethics, John Paris, S.J., and professor of theological ethics, James Keenan, S.J., provide comments to CNN on possible issues the Catholic Church faces with regard to its teaching on birth control in light of advice from some health officials advising women not to get pregnant during the Zika virus outbreak. CNN

2016 Duffy Lectures Underway
This year's Duffy Global Lectures in Global Christianity welcomes professor of systematic theology, Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., of Hekima University College in Kenya. Professor Orobator is giving a series of lectures themed, “21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies.” All lectures begin at 5 p.m. in Gasson Hall 305. For more details about the remaining lectures (February 29, March 14, and March 29), please see our event list below or our flyer.

Legacy of Vatican II
A new book edited by Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J. (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and Massimo Faggioli (University of St. Thomas) features essays from several of the theology department's faculty, including: David Hollenbach, S.J., Richard R. Gaillardetz, and ;Lisa Sowle Cahill. The book is entitledThe Legacy of Vatican II and is also the title of the 2013 conference co-organized by Vicini and Faggioli and held at Boston College. BC News

Rights of Refugees
Professor of theological ethics and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice (CHRIJ), David Hollenbach, S.J., published an article in the January 4-11 issue of America magazine entitled, “The Rights of Refugees,” exploring the question of “Who is responsible for people forced into flight?” America

Managua's Garbage Cities
Professor of theological ethics and director of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program (GPSP), James Keenan, S.J., blogs about this year's trip with the GPSP sophomores to Managua. Commonweal

The Maccabees Project
Professor of biblical studies Yonder Gilihan co-directs the multi-disciplinary research initiative, the Maccabees Project. Scholars invite conversation about the texts of 1 and 2 Maccabees, the historical context surrounding them, as well as the implications of the writings from past to the present day. To learn more about the project and upcoming lectures, presentations, and other events, visit the project's The Macabbees Project website and Facebook page. BC News

DeLong-Bas on San Bernadino Terror Attack
Professor Natana DeLong-Bas provides comment regarding assumptions about Islamic extremism. ABC affiliate KABC in California

Hollenbach awarded Civitas Dei Medal
Villanova University awarded David Hollenbach, S.J., its prestigious Civitas Dei Medal. This medal, named for St. Augustine's City of God (De Civitate Dei), is awarded to scholars who make exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition. At the award ceremony, two graduates of the Boston College theology doctoral program now teaching at Villanova, honored Fr. Hollenbach with presentations about his work. In addition, Fr. Hollenbach presented a lecture entitled, "Humanity in Crisis: The Rights of People Displaced by War." Villanova University press release

Book on Vatican II as an unfinished council
Richard Gaillardetz
writes about the legacy of Vatican II and issues it left unresolved in An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2015). BC Bookmarks, Liturgical Press

Book on ethics of drone warfare
Ken Himes, O.F.M.,
writes about the role of drones in U.S. national security and its ethical implications in his new book, Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015). BC Bookmarks, Rowman & Littlefield

Women and the Church after Vatican II
M. Shawn Copeland
was the keynote speaker at the conference, "Still Guests in Our Own House?," exploring a range of topics related to women and the Church since Vatican II. ;National Catholic Reporter

Globe recommends Hollenbach on refugees
David Hollenbach, S.J.
wrote an essay featured in The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Oxford University, 2014), edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long, and Nando Sigona. The essay, entitled "Religion and Forced Migration," is highlighted in the Boston Globe's list of recommended books about refugees. Boston Globe

Adoption in the Emirates
Natana DeLong-Bas
discusses the issue of Islam and adoption in the Emirates. PRI's The World (interview with Prof. DeLong-Bas begins at 3:24)

'Our Common Home' Coverage
The multidisciplinary conference exploring the implications of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, Our Common Home, concluded on October 1. Read coverage of the conference: BC Chronicle, National Catholic Reporter, NECN, Vatican Radio, Independent Catholic News, French financial daily newspaper Les Echos, AP via Washington Times, WCVB-TV News, Boston Herald

Papal Visit
A number of theology professors provide expert commentary on Pope Francis' visit:

Associate professor of theological ethics, Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., comments on Francis' upcoming speeches to the US Congress and the U.N. General Assembly. Q&A with the Council on Foreign Relations

Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology, Robert Goizueta, speaks about Pope Francis' visit to his homeland of Cuba. BC Chronicle

Canisius Professor of Theology and Jesuit Institute Director, James Keenan, S.J., speaks about the papal visit to BBC Radio (scroll down to the 7th chapter) and America magazine.

Associate professor of church history, Rev. James Weiss, comments on the GOP reaction to Pope Francis for The Hill, UPI, Al Jazeera America, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus, Rev. Robert Imbelli, wrote a piece entitled, "Pope Francis: Calling Upon the 'Better Angels of Our Nature'" for America ;magazine.

Professor of theology, Stephen Pope, comments on the Pope Francis' approach to controversial political issues to the Boston Herald, Newsday, and Reuters.

Jesuit Rec Room
Theology doctoral student,Ryan Duns, S.J.,appears in an episode of 'The Jesuit Rec Room', discussing the question, "Why pray?" View the episode

Criticism of Pope Francis
Professor of theological ethics, Stephen Pope, comments on recent criticism of Pope Francis by some conservative Catholics regarding such issues as the economy and the environment. Newsday

Conference Includes Tribute to Chan
Professors of theological ethics, James Keenan, S.J., and Kristin Heyer, speak to National Catholic Reporter (NCR) about tribute paid to the late Lúcás (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, S.J., Ph.D. '10, at the recent pan-Asian conference of moral theologians. National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis and Women Religious
Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Richard Gaillardetz, writes of the collegial attitude of Pope Francis toward women religious. Global Sisters Report

Remarriage and the Catholic Church
Libby Professor of Law and Theology, Cathleen Kaveny suggests that civil law has insights into how to address the issue of remarriage in an article entitled "Mercy for the Remarried." Commonweal

Pan-Asian Theological Ethics Conference
James Keenan, S.J.
, reports from the first Pan-Asian Theological Ethics Conference. This year's theme was: “Doing Catholic Theological Ethics in a Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Asian Context."

Little Sisters of the Poor and the Affordable Care Act
Professor of theological ethics, Lisa Sowle Cahill, talks about the "principle of cooperation" and how it can be applied to the conflict between the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Affordable Care Act. National Catholic Reporter

Failure of Ethics at American Universities
Professor of theological ethics and Director of the Jesuit Institute, James Keenan, S.J., writes about the state of ethics in American higher education, its problems and the possibility for academic ethics to provide solutions. Time.com

Theology Doctoral Students Honored
Congratulations to Dan Horan, O.F.M. and Ryan Duns, S.J., both students in the Systematic Theology doctoral program, for their Catholic Press Association awards. Fr. Horan won third place in the Bibliography category for his recent book, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton. Fr. Duns is a contributor to the book, The Jesuit Post, which received first place in the category of Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith.

Copeland Wins CPA Award
Congratulations to M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Systematic Theology. Prof. Copeland won a first place Catholic Press Association (CPA) Award in the category of Best Essay Originating With a Magazine or Newsletter: National General Interest Magazine for her article in America magazine, entitled “Revisiting Racism."

Hollenbach Named to Maguire Chair
Congratulations to David Hollenbach, S.J., Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for Human Right and International Justice. Hollenbach was named to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. Library of Congress news release

Service-Based Learning Changes Lives
Professor of the PULSE service learning program at Boston College, Kathleen Hirsch, writes of the transformative power of such programs in an article entitled "What is the point of service, really?" CruxPULSE website

When Pope Francis Visits Congress
Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for Human Right and International Justice, David Hollenbach, S.J., comments on Pope Francis' likely message to the U.S. Congress when he addresses them in September 2015. Foreign Policy (free registration required to access article)

Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Cathleen Kaveny
, Libby Professor of Law and Theology provides comment on the issue of freedom of religion and Indiana's new law for Bloomberg News.

Thomas Aquinas and executive pay
David Hollenbach, S.J.
, professor of theological ethics and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice provides comment for article entitled, "Is exorbitant CEO pay a form of tyranny? Thomas Aquinas thinks so." National Catholic Reporter

Vatican Plenary Assembly on Women
Prof. Lisa Sowle Cahill responds to a working paper issued for the Vatican plenary assembly on women which includes a discussion on plastic surgery. New York Times

Feast of St. Patrick Homily
Prof. Liam Bergin elivered the homily at the Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral. Msgr. Bergin's homily

Lisa Cahill Wins Congar Award
Congratulations to professor of theological Ethics, Lisa Sowle Cahill who was awarded the prestigious Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. Read more at BC Newswire

Stephen Pope Reviews Nowak and Coakley Book
Read theological ethics professor Stephen Pope's review of Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation, edited by Martin A. Nowak and Sarah Coakley. BC Bookmarks,review on Commonweal

James Weiss on Pope's Cardinal Selection
Historical theology/history of christianity professor Rev. James Weiss comments on the recent appointment of 15 new cardinals by Pope Francis. Read more in the International Business Times