Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the current chair of the BC Theology department.  He was president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) in 2013-14, the largest professional association of Catholic theologians in the world with over 1400 members.  Dr. Gaillardetz has received numerous awards from both the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic publishers and is a past recipient of the Sophia Award (2000), offered annually by the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C. in recognition of a theologian’s contributions to the life of the church.  He has published numerous articles and has authored or edited thirteen books, including By What Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church. Revised and Expanded Edition (The Liturgical Press, 2018); An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2015); Go Into the Streets! The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis (with Thomas Rausch SJ; Paulist Press, 2015); and A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium (Liturgical Press, 2015).