The Catholic Church is in the midst of a crisis as great as any since the Protestant Reformation. About this there seems to be widespread agreement. However, when it comes to diagnosing that crisis, analyses differ considerably. Is this a crisis of sexual ethics, a failure of episcopal leadership, an abuse of power, or all of the above? This lecture will present a broad analysis of the various issues in play and conclude with a proposed agenda for substantive ecclesial reform.
Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and is currently the chair of the theology department. Prof. Gaillardetz received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. He has published over 140 articles and authored or edited 14 books. Most recently he published a newly revised and expanded edition of his popular book, By What Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2018). In 2000 he received the Sophia Award from the Washington Theological Union for theological excellence in service of ministry and in 2018 he received the Yves Congar Award for theological excellence from Barry University. Dr. Gaillardetz served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2013-14. He and his wife Diana are the parents of four adult sons.
The Mass and celebration are an ongoing acknowledgement of our call to discipleship which draws Catholics of all backgrounds from around the Archdiocese. This Mass will not only celebrate the memory of Dr. King, but will inspire us to continue in unity to stand up for justice.
Our guest speaker will be author, radio and former television host, Deacon Arthur L. Miller. Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. King’s nonviolence philosophy as well as a Certified Spiritual Director and is a board member for Connecticut Center for Nonviolence.
Co-hosted with the Black Catholic Advisory Circle of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
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