Quentin Bet

Staff Writer

 

Quentin is studying Biology at Boston College. He enjoys spending his time outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, or canoeing. His other favorite pastimes include running, writing for the Torch, eating obscene amounts of chocolate, and crushing his opponents at Catan.

Wed

01

May

2019

Summer Philosophy Class Takes On the Camino

by Quentin Bet

 

Blisters, sore legs, and a sense of spiritual rebirth are all common side effects faced by travelers of the Camino de Santiago. Sprawling across the hills and fields of Europe, the Camino is a network of paths leading to the shrine of St. James in northwest Spain. Otherwise known as the Way of St. James, it was first used as a Christian pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages. For centuries, the Camino has attracted pilgrims near and far, becoming a symbol of contemplation, self-reflection, and transformation. To this day, the Way of St. James is traversed by approximately 300,000 people of various religions, cultures, and backgrounds every year.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Pilgrim's Progress: St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine

by Quentin Bet

 

A gray stone building stands proudly on the corner of Boylston and Ipswich, its beautiful Gothic architecture capturing the eye of many passers-by. This structure is Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine, one of Boston’s most breathtaking places of worship. The building, which was constructed in 1925 by the Second Universalist Society of Boston, has a striking exterior with tall narrow windows and graceful tracery. A sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus is perched above the portal, welcoming all who enter the Roman Catholic shrine.

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Tue

12

Feb

2019

First New Catholic Church Since Communist Revolution Opens in Cuba

The Parish of the Sacred Heart while still under construction. (Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Tampa)
The Parish of the Sacred Heart while still under construction. (Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Tampa)

by Quentin Bet

 

January 26 was a rainy day in Sandino, Cuba, but the spirits of this small rural community were anything but dampened. On this day, the town opened a new Roman Catholic church—the nation’s first since its communist revolution 60 years ago. The bright yellow building, named the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, underwent 4 years of construction before opening its doors last month. To commemorate the inauguration, the parish held its first official Mass. Though the church was designed to seat 200 people, the Mass drew a crowd of 500.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Bird Box: Sin and Temptation

by Quentin Bet

 

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Bird Box.

 

Netflix touted Bird Box as the streaming platform’s most successful film premiere, garnering an impressive 45 million views in just one week after its release in mid-December. This success should come as no surprise—the movie’s name has cropped up in even the most remote corners of the internet, and has piqued the curiosity of many. The thriller’s popularity remains strong even a month after its release: it has blessed us with a plethora of meme material, and even inspired its own (potentially dangerous) blindfold-themed challenge. Perhaps the movie’s greatest contribution, though, is the excess of theories and speculations its plot has generated. While some viewers accept Bird Box for what it is, others can’t help but ask themselves: “What does it all mean?”

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Tue

25

Apr

2017

Veritas Forum Discusses the Seeming Contradiction of God and Science

by Quentin Bet

 

On April 20, students sat in Merkert 127 for the Veritas Forum, a seminar that challenges students and faculty to contemplate religious and intellectual matters. MIT professors Ian Hutchinson and Alex Byrne spoke at the discussion entitled “Does Science Point to Atheism?” Professor Byrne spoke in favor of the claim, saying that scientific evidence disproves the existence of God. Professor Hutchinson took the opposite stance, claiming that faith and science are perfectly compatible. The professors presented their arguments in a discussion moderated by Micah Lott, a philosophy professor at BC. As Professor Lott made clear, the forum was not meant to be a debate, but as a discussion to foster intellectual curiosity.

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Jewish Graveyards Vandalized

by Quentin Bet

 

Over 100 tombstones were defaced, damaged, or toppled at the Mount Carmel Cemetery of Philadelphia in late February. Unidentified perpetrators vandalized this Jewish burial ground, and though their motivations are unknown, authorities suspect anti-Semitism as the driving force.

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

Trump Pivots Towards Pro-Life Movement

 

by Quentin Bet

 

On February 11, demonstrators protested the federal funding of Planned Parenthood at 220 rallies in 45 different states. “These rallies have sparked a national conversation about Planned Parenthood and whether they deserve the $430 million of federal funding they receive from taxpayers each year,” said Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago and the organizer behind the demonstrations.

 

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Dies at Age 87

 

 

by Quentin Bet

 

On November 26, just days before his 88th birthday, Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach (pictured) passed away in Beirut, Lebanon. During his lifetime, Fr. Kolvenbach served as a priest for 55 years and as a Jesuit for 68. He served as the Superior General of the Society of Jesus for nearly 25 years, making him the 28th successor of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As the leading figure among the Jesuits, Fr. Kolvenbach had extensive knowledge of spirituality and social justice.

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

Cristo Rey High School Envisions Bright Future

by Quentin Bet

 

Despite the prevalence of economic strife and racial divide within America, Cristo Rey High School serves as a beacon of hope and unity within the heart of Boston. This institution, originally founded as St. John’s High School, became North Cambridge Catholic High School in 1951. Since then, the school has moved to the neighborhood of Dorchester and joined the Cristo Rey Network. This education system, comprising 32 high schools throughout the United States, provides underprivileged teenagers affordable education as well as professional work experience.

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Pope Appoints New Cardinals, Including 3 Americans

by Quentin Bet

 

After Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 9, Pope Francis named 17 men whom he had selected to join the College of Cardinals. Several of the men are the first cardinals from their homelands, which include Bangladesh, the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. Thirteen of the new cardinals are under the age of 80, which makes them eligible to be elected as Francis’s successor.

 

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Against the Current Overflows with Strong Message

by Quentin Bet

 

 

Most musical groups perform simply to entertain, but Against the Current (ATC) hopes to have a more profound impact on Boston College and the surrounding area. As the only Christian a cappella group on campus, ATC has professed a unique and powerful message for the past 17 years. This year, ATC hopes to express an especially meaningful theme: For the next eight months, the group will focus on the phrase “Love Pours Over.”

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