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The Common Good and Health Care by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Event Start DateThursday, February 11, 2010
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre
Event Start Time7:00 pm

The John R. Portman Lecture in Roman Catholic Theology presents "The Common Good and Health Care: Justice, Faith and Hope" by Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D.

Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College.  She is a leading figure in contemporary Roman Catholic moral theology and Christian Ethics.   Her research interests include history of Christian ethics, the New Testament and ethics, Catholic social ethics, feminist theology and sex and gender ethics, bioethics, and the ethics of war and peace.  Cahill has advised U.S. bishops on issues such as the role of the laity, HIV-AIDS, and the implementation of the Vatican's Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, and has presented at the Vatican about women’s health care.

The recipient of the 2008 John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America, Cahill is the author of eight books and more than 150 scholarly articles on ethics and religion.  Her books include Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church: Crisis and Renewal; Genetics, Theology, Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Conversation; Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice and Change; Bioethics and the Common Good; Family: A Christian Social Perspective; Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics; and "Love Your Enemies": Discipleship, Pacifism and Just War Theory.  

Cahill, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, has taught at Boston College since 1976.  She has been a visiting professor at Georgetown and Yale Universities and holds eight honorary degrees.  In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Past President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (l992-93) and the Society of Christian Ethics (l997-98).

Cahill's talk is sponsored by the department of Theology and Religious Studies and is funded by an endowment donated in honor of Msgr. John R. Portman, the founding chair of the department.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Following the talk, there will be a reception with refreshments in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Rotunda.

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