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Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice?
Co-sponsored by: The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies and Commonweal Magazine with funding by the Pew Charitable Trusts

The Virtual Online Video Conference

Original Conference took place on May 24, 2002 at Fordham University.
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Welcome and Introduction
(3 minutes)
The Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., University President.


Morning Session


Convener (6 minutes)
Margaret Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham University
Center on Religion and Culture, is also a writer, editor, commentator and Fordham’s journalist-in-residence.
Margaret Steinfels
A History of the Culture's Bias (14 minutes)
John McGreevy is the John A. O'Brien Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North (University of Chicago Press, 1996). He is now working on a book about Catholicism and American liberalism from slavery to abortion that will be published by W. W. Norton in 2003. He has received major fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Erasmus Institute and the Louisville Institute.
John McGreevy
What Does the Data Show? (22.5 minutes)
Andrew Greeley is a priest, sociologist, novelist and journalist. He does weekend parish work in Chicago and Tucson , while teaching sociology at the University of Arizona and writing a column for The Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. His most recent sociological manuscripts include "The Catholic Imagination;" "God in the Movies" and "Religion at the End of the Second Millennium." His most recent novel is Irish Stew (Tom Doherty Associates, 2002)
Andrew Greeley
Anti-Catholicism: What it is and What it Isn't  (25 minutes)
Elizabeth McKeown is a professor of theology and American studies at Georgetown University . She has written two books, including The Poor Belong to Us: Catholic Charities and American Welfare (Harvard, 1998, co-authored wtih Dorothy Brown). McKeown has also written several shorter essays about the history of the study of religion, Catholics and the academic disciplines, and American Catholicism.

Elizabeth McKeown
Morning Session Continued (37 minutes)
Conversations among panelists and audience questions



Afternoon Session I

Convener  (5 minutes)
The Rev. Mark Massa, S.J., is a theology professor and the co-director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. He has written several books and articles about Catholic culture and church history, including Catholics and American Culture: Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team (Crossroad Publishing, 1999).
Mark Massa, S.J.
Sic et Non (14 minutes)
Mark Silk is the director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford , Conn. The non-partisan, non-sectarian center is designed to advance knowledge and understanding of the varied roles that religious movements, institutions and ideas play in the contemporary world. Prior to joining the center in 1996, Silk served as the edi­tor of the Boston Review and as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of Spiritual Politics: Religion in America Since World War II (Simon and Schuster,1998).
Mark Silk
Sic et Non (16 minutes)
Kenneth Woodward has served as Newsweek's religion editor since 1964. Woodward has received several journalism awards, including five Wilbur Awards from the Religious Public Relations Council and the Laymen's National Bible Committee's Citation of Appreciation for his contributions to The Bible of America (1982). His latest book is titled The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam (Simon and Schuster, 2001).

Ken Woodward
Questions (23 minutes)


Afternoon Session II

Convener, (5 minutes) Peter Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham University
Center on Religion and Culture,served as the senior religion correspondent for The New York Times from 1988 to 1997 and continues to write a biweekly "Beliefs" column on religion and ethics for the paper. Steinfels has published widely on topics including international affairs, medical ethics, church history, politics and religion, and morality and warfare. His book The Neoconservatives, published in 1979, was a pioneering analysis of a major political current.
Peter Steinfels
Gail Buckley, (9 minutes) a graduate of Radcliffe College , is the author of The Hornes: An American Family (Knopf, 2002) and American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Mililitary from the Revolution to Desert Storm (Random House, 1991). She has written numerous articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily News and America magazine, among others. Gail Buckley
Daniel Callahan, (7 minutes) is the co-founder and former director and president of the Hastings Center , a research and educational organization founded to examine ethical issues in medicine, biology and the environment. Callahan is currently director of the center's international programs and is a senior fellow at Harvard Medical School . The author of 37 books, he won the 1996 Freedom and Scientific Responsibility Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Daniel Callahan
William Donohue, (11.5 minutes) is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest civil rights organization. Donohue serves as the publisher of the Catholic League's journal, Catalyst, and is an adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He is the author of three books, including The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union (Transaction, 1985) and Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU (Transaction, 1994). William Donohue
Paul Moses (11 minutes) served on the editorial board for Newsday, Long Island's newspaper and teaches at Brooklyn College. He graciously accepted a last minute invitation to present the media's perspective. Paul Moses
Alan Wolfe (9 minutes) is a professor of political science and the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College . He is the author or editor of more than ten books, including Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in a World of Choice (Cahners Business Information, 2001). Wolfe has served as a contributing editor for The New Republic and often writes for Commonweal, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Post, among others. He is currently writing a book on the ways in which Americans actually practice their religious faith. Alan Wolfe

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