CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some of the
most divisive and hotly debated issues in the U.S. will be on the table
April 23 when Boston College hosts the first forum to focus exclusively and
in-depth on U.S. presidential candidates' views of the role of religion and
faith in politics and public policy decision making.
Several thousand religious, political and business leaders, academics,
students and members of the general public are expected to gather at BC's
Conte Forum to hear U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and U.S. Senator
Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut), both announced 2008 presidential candidates,
represent a spectrum of conservative and liberal views as they address the
challenge of balancing dual loyalty to the Church and to the American
Moderated by NBC "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, the event is
expected to address a range of hot-button contemporary issues -- from stem
cell research, abortion and euthanasia to gay marriage, war, morality,
social justice and family values -- all cast in light of the relationship
between political decision-making and Church teaching.
The forum is presented 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. The
event is made possible through the generosity of The Murray Monti Speaker
Series Fund for the Church in the 21st Century.
WHAT: "Catholic Senators and Presidential Candidates: Their Faith and
WHEN: Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Conte Forum, on the Boston College main campus in Chestnut Hill.
WHO: U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas)
U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut)
NBC "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, moderator.
SOURCE Boston College