CNN Faith and Religion Commentator to Present on Religion, Church and the Media
Media plays a significant role in shaping the public’s minds and opinions and religion is no different. Assumption College will welcome Father Edward Beck, C.P. ’80, CNN’s faith and religion commentator, who will present “Religion, Church and the Media: A Delicate Balance” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, in the La Maison Auditorium on the College’s Worcester campus, 500 Salisbury St.
“Religion, Church and the Media: A Delicate Balance,” will focus on the various portrayals of faith and religion in mainstream media, particularly through televised news. Fr. Beck will draw upon his 10 years of experience in network and cable news to examine the ways in which mainstream media cover faith and religion in television news.
Fr. Beck graduated from Assumption College in 1980, was ordained in 1985 as a Roman Catholic priest, and is a member of the Passionist Order. For the past 10 years, Fr. Beck has served as a media contributor, providing media analysis on issues of ethics, faith, morality and religion for ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC Family Channel, HLN and current TV. For four years, he co-hosted the weekly ABC News show Focus on Faith with Chris Cuomo. In 2013, Fr. Beck contributed to the coverage of the Conclave that elected Pope Francis.
In addition to his work in television, Fr. Beck has authored three books published by Doubleday: God Underneath: Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest (2002), Unlikely Ways Home: Real-Life Spiritual Detours (2006), and Soul Provider: Spiritual Steps to Limitless Love (2009). Along with his books, Fr. Beck also wrote the play Sweetened Water, which was performed for the first time at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in 2015.
This event is part of the College’s 2017-18 Presidential Lecture Series, a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. All events in the President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. To attend, please call Sharon Mahoney at 508.767.7322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College