Santa Clara Lecture

In 1994, through the generosity of Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Department of Religious Studies of Santa Clara University inaugurated the Santa Clara Lectures.

This series brings to campus leading scholars in theology, offering the University community and the general public an ongoing exposure to debate on the most significant issues of our times. Santa Clara University publishes these lectures and distributes them throughout the United States and internationally.

Church Leadership, Ethics and the Future

by James Keenan, S.J. |

2006 Santa Clara Lecture

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Most Roman Catholic clergy and bishops receive little if any professional ethical training. While they are taught how to govern and make ethically accountable the members of their congregations, they are not taught by what reasoning, insights, or norms, they should govern themselves ethically.

James Keenan, S.J., has been a Jesuit in the New York Province since 1970, and an ordained priest since 1982. He holds Boston College’s GassonChair and is professor of moral theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, his master’s of divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, MA, and his licentiate in sacred theology and doctorate of sacred theology from Gregorian University, Rome. He is the author and/or editor of numerous books, including Virtues for Ordinary Christians, and Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition. His research interests include fundamental moral theology; history of theological ethics; Thomas Aquinas; virtue ethics; HIV/AIDS; Genetics; and church leadership ethics.

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