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February 14, 2003
CONTACT: Michael Balazs
(410) 243-6630

Future of Catholicism Discussion at
Johns Hopkins' Interfaith Center

The state of the Catholic church will be the subject of the lecture "Mortally Wounded or Recovering? The Future of American Catholicism," by author and Georgetown University Theology Department chair Chester Gillis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Johns Hopkins University's Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, 3509 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The lecture is one of many events scheduled during the university's second annual religious awareness days, "Open Hands Open Hearts: Exploring Diverse Faith Traditions."

With the recent sexual abuse scandal surrounding some of its priests, the American Catholic church has suffered its worst crisis. The Catholic church faces numerous issues, including insufficient vocations to sisterhood and priesthood, the role of women in ministry and questions about orthodoxy among some theologians. With Pope John Paul II in the twilight of his papacy, many wonder about the future of the Catholic church. Gillis, author of Roman Catholicism in America and Catholic Faith in America and a guest commentator on NPR, CNN, ABC and CBS, will discuss these issues and others, as well as the possible challenges and visions for the future of the church.

A reception follows Gillis' lecture, which is free and open to the public. For information, call the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center at (410) 261-1880, or go to www.jhu.edu/~chaplain.

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