Papal Biographer David Gibson to Discuss 'The Tumultuous Papacy of Benedict XVI'

News Story: April 1, 2010

A presentation by Papal biographer and religion journalist David Gibson will bring his talk “From Controversy to Crisis: The Tumultuous Papacy of Benedict XVI Five Years On” to Sacred Heart University’s Schine Auditorium on Wednesday, May 12 at 7:30pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

Papal biographer David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author, filmmaker, and a convert to Catholicism. Early in his career, he covered dozens of Pope John Paul II's overseas trips, including papal visits to Africa, Europe, Latin America and the United States for Vatican Radio. He later covered religion for two New Jersey papers, The Record of Hackensack, and The Star-Ledger of New Jersey, and won the nation's top awards in religion writing at both places. In 2000, he was chosen as the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Boston Magazine, Commonweal, America, The New York Observer, Beliefnet and Religion News Service. He has produced documentaries on early Christianity for CNN and other networks and has traveled on assignment to dozens of countries, with an emphasis on reporting from Europe and the Middle East. Gibson's first book, “The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful are Shaping a New American Catholicism” (HarperSanFrancisco), was published in 2003 and deals with the church-wide crisis revealed by the clergy sexual abuse crisis. His second book, “The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World” (HarperSanFrancisco), came out in 2006 and is the first full-scale treatment of the Ratzinger papacy--how it happened, who he is, and what it means for the Catholic Church.

To watch a video of David Gibson's lecture, click here.