‘Why I Remain a Catholic: Belief in a Time of Turmoil’


Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) will host: “Why I Remain a Catholic: Belief in a Time of Turmoil,” on Tuesday, November 27, at 7 p.m. in Robsham Theater “to examine a question that many Catholics have asked in recent months following reports from a Pennsylvania grand jury detailing decades of clergy sexual abuse, and the resignation of Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals amid sexual abuse and harassment allegations.”

“Pope Francis calls us to be a listening Church,” added Kiefer, who noted that with this event the C21 Center is honoring its mission to be a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church. “We need to pray for the victims and our Church, listen, and act. Together we can find a new way forward.”




BC School of Theology and Ministry Professor Mary Jo Iozzio Honored With St. Elizabeth Seton Medal


“Iozzio, director of STM’s Master of Theological Studies Program, focuses her teaching interests on Catholic social teaching, disability studies, theological anthropology, and bioethics/healthcare ethics.”

“The Seton Medal, named in honor of the founder of the Sisters of Charity, is given annually to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to an area of theology.”

“She is the fifth Boston College faculty member to receive the Seton Medal, joining Pheme Perkins, Lisa Sowle Cahill, M. Shawn Copeland, and Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M.”

Read more at BC News


BC to Host Major International Conference for Catholic Universities in 2021


“In the past few months, BC has been active in new and ongoing international consortia for Jesuit and Catholic education, and been confirmed as the host for a major international conference for Catholic universities in 2021.

These developments are notable in and of themselves, said Vice Provost for Global Engagement Alberto Godenzi, but also reflect BC’s new global approach, a commitment inscribed in “Ever to Excel,” the University’s 10-year Strategic Plan.”



A Bonus from Pope Francis: Praying with People of Other Faiths

Cambridge, MA. One of the lesser noticed but important contributions of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si comes at the very end: “At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.” (n. 246) The second of these is a beautiful Trinitarian prayer, but it is the first on which I wish to comment here. It is “a prayer for our earth” that is to be shared by all “who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator.” (I give it below, near the end of this post.) Read the complete article