WEST HARTFORD — On Oct. 24, Today’s American Catholic will present a lecture by National Book Award—winning author, historian, and journalist James Carroll at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, in West Hartford. Carroll is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction that speak to the concerns of contemporary Catholics as well as those interested in theology, spirituality, and the intersection of political and religious life in the public square.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $20 can be made at the door. Cash, checks, or credit cards are all accepted. The Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford. For further information, please visit www.todaysamericancatholic.org, email editor@todaysamericancatholic.org, or call 860-676-2280.

Recent scandals in the Catholic Church have reignited debates over the issue of clericalism, the role of the laity, and the need to reexamine the hierarchical structure of the church. “Unforsaken: Toward a New Catholic Church” will encourage listeners to restore the Vatican II insistence that the church is the people of God, and to envision a new Catholic imagination that is both historically informed and theologically reformed.

James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, which the New York Times called “incandescent,” and eight works of nonfiction, most recently Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age, of which the Boston Globe said: “At once stunningly original and strangely familiar, a testament to the power of a critical, creative faith.” Other books include the National Book Award—winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestseller Constantine’s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-John Kenneth Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly.

Today’s American Catholic is a journal of inquiry, reflection, and opinion on matters of faith, religion, and ethics in 21st-century America. Based in Hamden, its goal is to promote religious dialogue and to deepen the faith of its readers. Today’s American Catholic is produced by Catholics who value the role of religion, respect different ideologies, and share the conviction that belief informs civic responsibility.

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