“[The Catholic Church and the UN] are human institutions, with human beings that fail.” -Carroll

“When you talk about the wealth of the papacy, it’s like the wealth of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum…the wealth of the church belongs to the people.” – Carroll

“The Catholic Church is a kind of living museum.” -Carroll

“The most radical pope perhaps was Pope Benedict…because he resigned from papacy.”
– Carroll

Catch the first Flash Forum this season with James Carroll leading an interactive discussion on Pope Francis. Register here!

Be sure to read James Carroll’s surprising article on Pope Francis in The New Yorker right here.

Watch the inimitable Pete Seeger at Ford Hall Forum.

It’s all FLASHES, all the time this season. Our forums will all be about up-to-the-minute news, and created within weeks. Stay tuned to this website to see when our next FLASH of brilliance occurs at Ford Hall Forum.

30 seconds at the Forum on immigrating to the U.S. from China…


1 minute at the Forum on physician-assisted suicide…


30 seconds at the Forum on social media & the Boston Marathon bombing…