CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Can a Catholic politician
balance a dual loyalty to the Church and to the American people?
As the relationship between religion and politics continues to concern and
in some cases divide Americans, five of the most prominent U.S. Catholic
political analysts from across the conservative-liberal spectrum -- together
on stage for the first time -- will be at Boston College on Monday, February
27 at 7:00 p.m. for a public discussion of "Catholic Politicians in the U.S.:
Their Faith and Public Policy."
The event is free and open to the public, and is expected to draw more
than 4,000 attendees, among them political, civic and religious leaders, as
well as scholars and students.
The event's theme arises from the history of the relationship between the
Catholic Church and the institutions of American democracy. Topics likely to
be addressed include the national debate over right-to-life and end-of-life
issues, as well as matters of morality, family values and social justice, cast
in light of the relationship between political decision-making and Church
James Carville, Democratic political strategist and news commentator, and
E.J. Dionne, nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist and Brookings
Institution senior fellow, will join Edward W. Gillespie, political strategist
and former Republican National Committee chair, and Peggy Noonan, Wall Street
Journal columnist and former Republican presidential assistant, in addressing
the broad range of contemporary issues facing U.S. Catholic politicians.
The discussion will be moderated by Tim Russert, host of NBC's "Meet the
Press" and political analyst for "NBC Nightly News" and the "Today Show."
WHAT: "Catholic Politicians in the U.S.: Their Faith and Public Policy"
WHO: Tim Russert, James Carville, E.J. Dionne, Ed Gillespie, Peggy
WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Silvio Conte Forum, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
It is sponsored by Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center,
which seeks to be a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic
Church in the United States by engaging critical issues facing the Catholic
community. The Center is an outgrowth of Boston College's Church in the 21st
Century initiative, which was the first response of any Catholic university in
the nation to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
MEDIA CONTACT: Advance registration is required for this event. For more
information or to reserve attendance and parking, contact BC Director of
Public Affairs Jack Dunn at 617-552-3350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Boston College