Contra Costa Times Turns to SMC's Zach Flanagin on Issue of Women Priests

In its story about the ordainment of a Bay Area woman as a Catholic priest, the Contra Costa Times turned to Saint Mary's Theology & Religious Studies Professor Zach Flanagin for a historical perspective of the church's position on women as priests. The story, "San Ramon woman to be ordained priest, angering Catholic Church," focuses on a woman who is a member of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an international group which the article says "has ordained about 150 women as priests, bishops and deacons worldwide -- including two priests who work in Los Gatos and San Francisco."

Pope Observations by Brother Charles Hilken Prompt Contra Costa Times Op-Ed, CBS-5, AP Interviews

Observations from papal history expert Brother Charles Hilken about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI appeared in local and national news outlets this weekend. The Saint Mary's history professor, and chair of the Cummins Institute, also appeared on the KPIX-TV/CBS-5 Sunday morning news show with anchors Phil Matier and Anne Mackovec to discuss Benedict's decision to resign.

KTVU-TV Story About Cross Apparition In Tree Features Br. Mark McVann

KTVU-TV spoke with Theology and Religious Studies Professor Brother Mark McVann about the imprint of a cross that was discovered in the mid-section of a tree trunk in an East Bay cemetery. A groundskeeper who discovered the cross, and who also recently lost his brother in a tragic accident, took the appearance of the cross as a sign from his deceased sibling. Br. McVann spoke to KTVU's Jade Hernandez about the frequency and validity of faith-related apparitions throughout history.

Former Ambassador Douglas Kmiec To Lecture on Religious Freedom at Saint Mary's

What: Former Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, a conservative Catholic who supported the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008 — and was denied communion as a result — will present the lecture “The Declared, but Non-Existent, War on Religious Freedom to Which No One Reported for Duty" at Saint Mary’s College of California on Oct. 25, 2012.

Exile: Impact, Implications and Significance

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Tue, 10/09/2012 - 18:30

Daniel Smith-ChristopherDaniel Smith-Christopher (Loyola-Marymount),  argues that "Exile" is the single most significant watershed event in Biblical History. Smith-Christopher has published extensively, including commentaries on Daniel and Ezra-Nehemiah.                                                                                                            

The High Holidays in the Torah and Judaism Today

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Mon, 09/24/2012 - 19:30

The first offering in the Bible Speaker Series is presented by Rabbi Harry Manoff

The lecture is part of the Theology & Religious Studies Department Bible Speaker Series at Saint Mary's College.  The series sponsors at least three lectures each semester designed to enhance the religious studies course "The Bible and Its Interpretation." 

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