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Religion Columnist Peter Steinfels to Lecture at Bard College on Monday, March 11

“Memo to the Papal Conclave: The Crisis in Catholicism Beyond the Headlines”

Eleanor Davis
845-758-7512
edavis@bard.edu
03-07-2013

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Center for Civic Engagement and the Religion Program at Bard College present Peter Steinfels, professor and co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, in a talk titled Memo to the Papal Conclave: The Crisis in Catholicism Beyond the Headlines,” on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. For more information contact Karen Sullivan at sullivan@bard.edu, or call 845-758-7571.

Steinfels is widely regarded as an important authority on the Catholic Church in America today. Editor of Commonweal: A Review of Religion, Politics, and Culture, the oldest Catholic journal of opinion in the country and the former author of the “Beliefs” column in The New York Times, Steinfels is co-founder and co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University. He is the author of several books, including The Neoconservatives: The Men Who Are Changing America’s Politics and A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America. He has consistently argued for the need for the Church in this country to regenerate itself and to cultivate new leadership, among laypeople as well as priests, and among women as well as men.

Steinfels attended Loyola University and earned a PhD in European history from Columbia University. He has taught American Studies at Notre Dame, history at Georgetown Univeristy, and religious studies at the University of Dayton and is now a professor at Fordham University. He has received seven honorary doctoral degrees. With his wife, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, he founded the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture in 2004, and is currently the co-director. According to its website, “The Center explores questions that arise when religious faith intersects with contemporary culture and fosters dialogue on the challenges posed to the culture.” Steinfels has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize.

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This event was last updated on 03-07-2013