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2018

At Agape Latte, Kelly Hughes asks "What Are You Waiting For?"

by Amanda Judah 

 

On December 4, Appa director Kelly Hughes entertained a group of finals-avoidant students and faculty in Hillside. Her energy and enthusiasm brought engagement to her topic, “What Are You Waiting For?”. Heading into the advent season, she encouraged her audience to wonder, “What am I waiting for? What am I willing to wait for? Who waits with me? Do I make room for God as I wait?” Although Hughes could not offer individual answers to these questions, she provided fodder for further pondering.

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Dec

2018

Panelists Discuss Why They’ve Stayed Catholic

by Jonathan Gaworski

 

On Tuesday, November 27, the Church in the 21st Century Center of Boston College hosted a discussion panel entitled “Why I Remain a Catholic: Belief in a Time of Turmoil.”  This event sought to respond to the latest wave of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis which broke this past summer.  

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Nov

2018

Lecture Addresses Genesis of Human Rights

by Justin Schnebelen

 

The employment of the idea of human rights has been woven into our country’s vernacular and legal code since Jefferson penned those now illustrious words which established our country’s independence. What is much less established, however, is the distinct point at which those rights begin.

 

 

On November 13, Dr. Sarah Byers, a member of Boston College’s Philosophy Department, outfitted the crowd gathered in Higgins Hall with both scientific and philosophical tools for answering that very question.

 

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21

Nov

2018

Gasson Lecture Details A Tale of Two Cardinals In Victorian Britain

by Jonathan Gaworski

 

The president emeritus of Fairfield University, Fr. Jeffrey von Arx S.J., delivered Boston College’s fall Gasson lecture on November 14th. He is additionally slated to deliver the spring Gasson lecture in 2019. His lecture focused on the intertwining lives of two 19th century British cardinals, Bl. John Henry Newman and Henry Edward Manning. Newman, the elegant theologian and essayist, continues to be celebrated as much by English departments for his wordsmithy as by theology departments for his doctrine. Manning, the grim and hard-nosed hierarch, is less remembered, though no less influential during his lifetime.

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13

Nov

2018

Professors Discuss Fr. Mark Massa's New Book on Humanae Vitae

by Amanda Judah

 

On November 5th, The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life hosted their last panel event of the semester in Stokes Hall. The panelists were responding to Father Mark Massa,S.J.,’s new book, The Structure of Theological Revolutions: How the Fight Over Birth Control Transformed American Catholicism. Fr. Massa is well-known among theological circles at Boston College, serving as the director of the Boisi Center and is a former Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry. Fr. Massa stated that his work was “not a history of birth control”, but focused on how “Catholics played a major role on both sides of this debate”. Instead, Fr. Massa focused on “a history of different models of natural law that come out of the debate surrounding Humanae Vitae and the birth control crisis”. In addition to Fr. Massa, the panelists were Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill, Father James Keenan, S.J., Professor Meghan Clark from St. John’s University, and moderator Richard Gaillardetz.

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12

Nov

2018

Chris Darcy Discusses Getting Back in the Game at Agape Latte

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Agape Latte hosted its second talk of the year on November 6th with a story by Chris Darcy. Chris Darcy is an associate director in Campus Ministry, an active volunteer with St. Ignatius Parish, and has also worked with many Boston College retreats, such as Arrupe and Kairos. In addition, Darcy volunteers as a baseball coach in his hometown of Natick Massachusetts. Although Darcy’s talk was entitled “Getting Back in the Game”, it centered around a different activity than sports: his faith life. Darcy admitted that faith is now “one of my greatest passions,” even if it wasn’t always that way.

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Nov

2018

University of Durham Researchers Speak on Robert Grosseteste

by Jonathan Gaworski

 

In an interdisciplinary event bridging science, philosophy, theology, and the humanities, Boston College played host to a pair of researchers from the University of Durham, who opened a window into the mind of the Medieval scholastic Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253). A polymath of far- ranging interests, Robert Grosseteste wrote celebrated works of astronomy, geometry, music, philosophy, and theology.

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Nov

2018

Faculty Panel Addresses Clerical Abuse

by David O'Neill

 

On Monday October 15, the auditorium in McGuinn was filled for a panel titled “Catholic Belonging in a Time of Scandal.” The panel was co-sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center, the Jesuit Institute, and the Theology Department. This panel consisted of Boston College Professors Stephen Pope, Marina McCoy, Richard Gaillardetz, and Kerry Cronin.

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