Rev. James Keenan, S.J., to speak at Christus Lecture on Nov. 9

Tue, 01/30/2007 (All day)

Oct 24, 2006

MOBILE — Spring Hill College’s Christus Lecture Series will continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the college campus. The Rev. James Keenan, S.J., professor of theological ethics at Boston College, will present “The Letters of St. Paul and the Ordinary Moral Life.” The lecture is free for Christus members and $2 for guests.

Paul is the New Testament paradigm of the pastoral theologian. This talk will explore how Paul confronts the contemporary church. Keenan will discuss the nature of the church community and church authority, moral reasoning, the virtues of Paul, communion and excommunication of politicians, as well as Paul’s contribution to practical questions of sexual ethics and fund-raising. 

A Jesuit of the New York Province and previous Christus lecturer, Keenan holds the Gasson Chair at Boston College and has served as consultant to the National Catholic Conference of Bishops for the revision of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Institutions (1988-1995) and as group leader of the United States’ Surgeon General’s Task Force on Responsible Sexual Conduct (2000-2002). Keenan is the editor of the series “Moral Traditions” at Georgetown University Press and the Boston College “Church 21” series at Crossroads/Herder and Herder. He is writing two new books: one with Jesuit biblical scholar, Daniel Harrington, on Paul and Virtue Ethics and another with Jesuit physician, Dr. Jon Fuller, on HIV/AIDS and the Catholic Church. His most recent book is “The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism.” 

For more information or to become a Christus member, call the Spring Hill College Division of Philosophy and Theology at (251) 380-4660 or e-mail