SWOPE Endowed Lectureship: James Carroll

James CarrollCarroll writes a regular column for the Boston Globe and is the author of nine novels. His latest book is Constantine's Sword, the Church and Jews: A History (Houghton, Mifflin, 2001).

"Any believing Christian who seriously reflects on the Holocaust has to do serious reflection on anti-Semitism," said Carroll. "How do our fundamental assumptions denigrate those who are different?"

Carroll was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969 and was a chaplain at Boston University until 1974, when he left the priesthood to concentrate on writing. His first novel, Madonna Red (Little, Brown, 1976) was translated into seven languages. Several other novels became New York Times best-sellers, including Mortal Friends (Little, Brown, 1978), Family Trade (G.K. Hall, 1982) and Prince of Peace (Little, Brown, 1984).

His memoir, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us (Houghton, Mifflin, 1996) received the 1996 National Book Award in non-fiction.