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Boston College Theologians Take On New Roles at Catholic Theological Society of America

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (July 2012) — Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, succeeded to the position of president-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) at its annual meeting held last month in St. Louis. He will assume the role of CTSA president in June, 2013.

Also at the annual meeting, Founders Professor of Theology James F. Keenan, S.J., was elected to a two-year membership on the board of directors of the CTSA.

Richard Gaillardetz

An ecclesiologist, Gaillardetz is an expert on ecumenical councils, particularly the Second Vatican Council. He recently co-authored Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II, which presents a less intimidating and more accessible introduction to the vision of the Vatican II. His newest publication is a volume he edited titled When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today's Church, a collection of papers by leading Catholic scholars on the Church’s official teaching authority in a postmodern world.

Gaillardetz has been honored for his writings by the Catholic Press Association and received the Sophia Award for theological excellence from Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C.

Fr. James Keenan, S.J.

An expert in theological ethics and moral theology, Fr. Keenan has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1970. He is an advisor to the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, chair of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, and a member of the board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics. At Boston College, Fr. Keenan directs the Presidential Scholars Program, an integrated honors educational experience for select University undergraduates of exceptional academic talent and leadership potential.

Catholic Theological Society of America
With a membership of more than 1300, the CTSA is the principal association of Catholic theologians in North America and the largest professional society of theologians in the world. Active members of the society hold a doctorate in theology or a related discipline. Founded in 1946, the CTSA promotes theological research in the Roman Catholic tradition that is attentive to contemporary problems faced by the Church and the world.

—Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,