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From October 6-28, a synod of bishops, primarily from the Amazon region, will take place in Rome. There are a few key points to be discussed at this meeting, namely the possibility of ordaining married men, the relationship between the Catholic Church and indigenous cultures, and the protection of the environment. While the possibility of married men in the priesthood is garnering much attention, the other two topics are also of extreme importance as the Catholic Church has a history of partaking in the mistreatment of indigenous cultures. Additionally, Pope Francis has recently made increasing efforts to draw attention to the severity of the environmental crisis. The “How Would You Reform the Catholic Church?” panel will provide a platform for all to consider what they hope the church will say and do to address these issues. 

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How Would You Reform the Catholic Church? 
Panel Discussion

Richard Gaillardetz, Boston College
Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Manhattan College
Most Reverend Mark O’Connell, Archdiocese of Boston
Phyllis Zagano, Hofstra University
Mark Massa, S.J., Boston College (Moderator) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Devlin 101 • 5:30 - 7pm

RSVP requested - please click here to register.


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The Power of Sports: Media and Spectacle in American Culture
Luncheon Colloquium

Michael Serazio, Boston College

Friday, October 4, 2019
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.



Religion and the Divided American Republic: Rawls' Fault?
Luncheon Colloquium

R. Ward Holder, St. Anselm College
Peter Josephson, St. Anselm College

Monday, October 7, 2019
Boisi Center • 12 - 1:15pm

RSVP required.  Click here to register.


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Reviving Democracy During the 2020 Campaign Season by Learning How to Hope

Third Annual Wolfe Lecture on Religion and American Politics

Sarah Stitzlein, University of Cincinnati
Christopher Higgins, respondent
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30 - 7pm

RSVP requested - please click here to register.

Co-sponsored with the Lynch School of Education.


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What is 'Nature' Today in Science and Theology?
Panel Discussion

Welkin Johnson, Boston College
Mark Massa, S.J., Boston College
Julie Hanlon Rubio, Santa Clara University
Andrea Vicini, S.J.
, Boston College
Richard Gaillardetz, Boston College (Moderator) 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Higgins Hall 300 • 5:30 - 7pm

RSVP requested - please click here to register.

Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Liberal Arts.


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Do the Democrats Have a Religion Problem?
Panel Discussion

Mark Silk, Trinity College
Peter Skerry, Boston College
Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter
M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College (moderator)

Monday, October 28, 2019
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30 - 7pm 

RSVP requested - please click here to register.


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Santuario - Screening and Discussion

Erick Berrelleza, S.J., Boston University

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Boisi Center • 12 -1 :15pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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