Vatican II anniversary celebrated

Award-wining author, journalist Robert Kaiser speaks | October 25, 2002

The department of theology is kicking off a series of programs celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. Award-winning author and journalist Robert Kaiser, who covered the Second Vatican Council for Time magazine, is the keynote speaker, addressing the question, “Why Vatican II?” Kaiser won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1963 for the best magazine reporting of foreign affairs for his coverage of the historic event, and was nominated by three editors for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of 10 books, including “Pope, Council and World,” “The Politics of Sex and Religion” and most recently “Clerical Error: A True Story.” Kaiser spent 10 years in the Society of Jesus, then, three years shy of ordination, left the Jesuits to pursue a career in journalism. In addition to his work with Time, he worked on the religion beat for The New York Times, and served as journalism chairman at the University of Nevada Reno. Kaiser is now a contributing editor in Rome for Newsweek magazine. He is also writing a book on the future of the Church and is contracted with CBS Television News to provide color commentary for the next conclave. In addition to Kaiser, three prominent speakers are addressing the impact of Vatican II: J. Leo Klein, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry at the University is addressing its impact on the Jesuit order; Louise Akers, a visiting professor in the University’s department of theology, is addressing its impact on women religious; and Mary Fitzpatrick, past chairperson of the Archdiocesan Family Life Bureau, is addressing its impact on the laity. For the next three years, the department of theology is hosting similar events to promote a fuller understanding of the council’s achievements and impact of the council upon the contemporary life of the church. The event is free to the public. For more information call 513 745-3026.