C21 Center Book Series
Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center has published an award-winning book series, drawn from the conferences and symposia the Center has held on campus. Assembled from papers delivered primarily by academics, the books are written to inform and inspire the community of Catholic faithful. Topics range from Church managerial issues and sexuality to hope and ministry for the church.
Edited by Kenneth R. Himes, OFM and Conor M. Kelly
The poor will always be with you, Jesus said – but that doesn’t mean Christians have ever figured out how to be with the poor.
Pope Francis has emphasized a vision of a “Church that is poor and for the poor.” But growing economic inequality continues to spread across the globe. This book takes a fresh look at the role of churches, and individual Christians, in relating to poverty and the poor among them. A strong focus is placed on the biblical and theological roots of the Church’s commitment to care for the poor. At times praised as a virtue and blessed as a condition, poverty easily confuses us, and we are often left doing little to nothing to make a difference with and for the poor. As a social evil and a burden, poverty has elicited many kinds of reactions among the followers of Christ. It is time for Christians to figure out what to do about it.
Contributors include Pope Francis, Pheme Perkins, Sandra M. Schneider, and Thomas Massaro SJ.
Edited by John F. Baldovin and David Farina Turnbloom
Using passages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the official rubrics of sacramental rites as the basis for their writing, the contributors to this collection of texts highlight the connection between theology, prayer, and ritual. The book is divided into four main parts. The first part, entitled "Why the Sacraments?," treats the sacraments in general, focusing on the central role they play in the Catholic faith. The remaining parts treat the Sacraments of Initiation (Part 2), the Sacraments of Healing (Part 3), and the Sacraments of Vocation (Part 4). The treatment of each sacrament begins with selected passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that offer succinct descriptions of the sacrament and its role in the life of the Church. Second, there is an excerpt from the prayers used in the celebration of that sacrament followed by responses by theologians with expertise in the history and theology of that sacrament.
Edited by Daniel Harrington, S.J. and Christopher R. Matthews
This book seeks to make accessible some of the best modern scholarship on encountering Jesus in the Scriptures. These essays explain not only who Jesus was in the first century but also what he might mean in the twenty-first century.
Edited by Anna Bonta Moreland and Joseph Curran
This book serves as both an introduction to much of the best original work being done in theology today, and a reminder of the legacy a great scholar can leave.
Edited by Thomas H. Groome and Colleen M. Griffith
This special treasury of spiritual practices, traditional and contemporary, can enable people to sustain and grow in their faith.
Edited by Tim Muldoon and Cynthia Dobrzynski
Edited by Jean M. Bartunek, Mary Ann Hinsdale, and James F. Keenan, S.J.
Edited by T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Edited by Donald Dietrich
Edited by Lisa Sowle Cahill, John Garvey, and T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Edited by Ben Birnbaum