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Fall Newsletter

Our Fall 2017 Newsletter is available online.


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Boston College's University Communications coverage of the Refugee Portal brought to BC during International Education week.  

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In a 2017 interview with Crux Catholic Media, Father Damián Astigueta, Professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, provided insight on one population of Catholics who leave the church: "laicization,” or the removal of priests from clerical duties. He described the grounds for dismissal from the clerical state, as well as recent modifications to such criteria under Pope Francis. On March 27, Mara Willard will visit the Boisi Center for a luncheon colloquium on the practices and identities of Catholics who have left the church. 

Spring 2018 Events

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Catholic Afterlives: What Identities and Practices Persist When Catholics Leave the Church?
Luncheon Colloquium

Mara Willard
, University of Oklahoma
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 *NEW DATE*
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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Violence, Memory, and Religion among Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse

Robert Orsi
, Northwestern University
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Devlin 008 • 5 - 6:15 pm *NOTE: new location and time*

RSVP Requested.

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Truth and Lies in a Polarized Time

17th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution, The Washington Post, Georgetown University
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Cushing Hall 001 • 6:30 - 8pm *NOTE: new location and time*

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Pope Francis and the American Church

Five Years and Counting--Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Election of Francis to the Chair of Peter

Panel Discussion

Lisa Cahill,
Boston College
Massimo Faggioli, Villanova University
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard University
Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Boston College
Thursday, April 26, 2018
McGuinn Hall 121 • 6:30 - 8pm

Co-sponsored with the Organization of Latin American Affairs.

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