James Carroll lecture Sept 23: “The Pope’s Uneasy Conscience: Why Bergoglio Matters”

You are invited!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Please be part of an extraordinary evening brought to you by the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at NYU. Center Director Philip Kunhardt will introduce historian James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, for a special lecture “The Pope’s Uneasy Conscience: Why Bergoglio Matters.” The evening will include a chance for conversation and a reception following. 

The program will take place at 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor. Seating is limited and RSVPs are necessary. Please reserve a space here. 

Lecture details below.

“Pope Francis has impressed the world with his modest demeanor and evident concern for impoverished peoples,” says Carroll. “But his steady rejection of the self-exoneration that marks not only prelates but most power figures suggests a deeper shift – not just for religion, but for a world politics centered on predatory capitalism. The Catholic Church, facing its failures, may prove to be the center of a much needed and quite broad moral reckoning. Is it possible? Can he do it? He’s the pope!”

Carroll, the author of 11 novels and seven works of non-fiction, including An American Requiem, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; Constantine’s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which captured the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. In November, Viking will publish Christ Actually: The Son of God for The Secular Age.


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