“Doesn’t God Dwell Here Anymore?”

I recently traveled to Rome to join a gathering of representatives from several countries contemplating the question of what happens to decommissioned - i.e. closed - Catholic churches. Prompted by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, the international and multi-lingual participants considered both theological and social aspects to the "appropriate" adaptive reuse of church buildings. …

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Call for Papers: Catholicism and Global Challenges

Consider submitting a paper for inclusion in a session I am co-convening at the July 2019 meeting of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (Barcelona, Spain). Deadline December 16. Catholicism and Global Challenges ("Le catholicisme et les défis globaux") Convener(s): Tricia C. Bruce (University of Notre Dame / University of Texas at San …

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Catholicism and Social Justice: A Panel on Texas Public Radio

Thanks to Texas Public Radio for the invitation to participate in a panel discussion today on their live call-in show, "The Source." The topic? Catholicism and social justice. "From immigration to human rights to race-motivated hate, how are religiously-affiliated people responding to issues in America? A social justice movement among Catholics asks followers to be …

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SSSR Author-Meets-Critics

Sociologists and other scholars of religion convened in Las Vegas for the 2018 meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). Among the sessions was an author-meets-critics session for my book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. Panelists Linh Hoang, Brett Hoover, Nicolette Manglos-Weber, and Lucas …

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