Anthony Bevilacqua, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit campus today, making a number of appearances to discuss various issues with members of the University community. Bevilacqua is scheduled to participate in discussions on Catholic-Jewish relations, Protestant-Catholic relations, and issues of Christian ethics in medicine and law. According to Wharton junior Matt Manion, vice president of the Newman Council, Bevilacqua wants to hear student opinion and encourage interaction between different groups. The 68-year-old archbishop has held his current post since 1987. From 1976 to 1983, he served as the chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn while teaching law at St. John's University Law School from 1976 to 1980. In 1989, he was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Bevilacqua will begin his day at 9:30 a.m. at Hillel, where he will address relations between the Catholic and Jewish communities. He is expected to discuss why Jews and Catholics understand each other culturally and socially but not theologically, according to Manion. At 10:30 a.m., Bevilacqua will go next door to the Christian Association where he will discuss ways to improve relations between Catholics and Protestants. At 11:20 a.m., he will meet with Catholic faculty at the Faculty Club. Bevilacqua will go to the Law School at 2:15 p.m. to meet with students to discuss the ethical responsibilities associated with being a lawyer, according to Manion. At 3:45 p.m., Bevilacqua will be at the Medical School's Class of 1962 Auditorium to discuss current issues in medical ethics. A mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center, with Bevilacqua presiding, and students are invited to attend a spaghetti dinner with the archbishop at 6:15 p.m. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., he will meet privately with Newman center groups, Latin-American students, Christian evangelical groups, and 10 students who are becoming Catholics.Comments powered by Disqus
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