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The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Public Catholicism Issue Panels

Public Catholicism issue panels are half-day, audience-participation events featuring speakers and panelists who address a current social topic connected to concerns within the Catholic intellectual heritage.  To propose a panel topic or receive information on upcoming panels, contact the Center. 

Past Panels

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Pacem in terris and the Professional Life

This panel discussion focused on the papal encyclical Pacem in terris, issued by Pope John XXIII in 1963. It was the first encyclical addressed not only to the Catholic faithful but also to all people of good will. It urged respect for human rights, the establishment of equality among nations, and emphasized the individuals moral duties in creating a peaceful and just global community.

The panel summarized and contextualized the importance of the document for the church and the world in the light of the signs of the times. Prominent scholars from Loyola University Chicago will offer their reactions to the document, discuss how the document intersects with the aims of their professions, and how they engage curriculum that highlights peace and social justice in their vocations.

Participants:  Presentation by Dr. Robert A. Ludwig, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago. Panelists: Dr. Kathleen Getz Dean, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago,  Dr. Noah Sobe, School of Education, Loyola Unviersity Chicago,  Dr. Julia Pryce, School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago,  Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Associat Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, adjunct professor at Loyola Law School,  Dr. Julia Lieblich, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago. Moderator:  Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Director, The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Habemus Papam: Abdication, Conclave, and the Chair of St. Peter

In association with the Department of Theology and The John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, sponsored the panel presentation and public forum, Habemus Papam: Abdication, Conclave, and the Chair of St. Peter. Faculty panelists Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Director of the Hank Center, Dr. Sandra Sullivan Dunbar, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, and Dr. Michael Murphy, Director of Catholic Studies, offered substantive talking points that provided historical context, theological scope, and constructive analysis of this unique moment in Church history.

Three of Loyola undergraduates rounded-out the panel by supplying their own astute reflections. Kelly Bartusiak (Senior, Theology), Zac Davis (Sophomore, Theology and Philosophy, Catholic Studies minor), and Martha Ligas (Senior, Psychology and Sociology, Catholic Studies minor) delivered papers that not only encapsulated the complex array of joys, hopes, and frustrations that attend the experience of being a committed Catholic today, but also articulated the hopes and dreams that the Millennial generation have for the new Pope and the Catholic Church in the 21st century.

October 17, 2008
The Roman Catholic Bishops' Treatment Model for Sexually Abusive Priests: The Triumph of Therapy over Theology
Dr. Nicholas P. Cafardi

October 16, 2008
How Not To Handle A Crisis: Roman Catholic Bishops and Pedophile Priests
Dr. Nicholas P. Cafardi with response by Justice Anne Burke

October 9, 2008
Religious Conversion and Philosophical Pragmatism: A Catholic Perspective
A Panel discussion with Donald Gelpi, S.J.

April 1, 2008
Mother Teresa’s Long Dark Night
Luncheon panel discussion with Fr. Bob Sprott, O.F.M. of Chicago’s St. Peter’s in the Loop Church and Fr. Michael Sparough, S.J., Director, Charis Ministries, Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. 

March 27, 2008
Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy
Luncheon viewing of new film “Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy”
Discussion with Kevin Burke, S.J. of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Dan Hartnett, S.J., rector of the Loyola University Chicago Jesuit community

November 8, 2007
Homelessness:  A Material and Spiritual Crisis
Felicia Gaithers, St. Martin DePorres House of Hope
Joanne Cimbalo, St. Martin DePorres House of Hope
Jordan Skarr, Ignatian Spirituality Project
Georgia Machell, Interfaith House

October 24, 2007
Nature, Science, and Religion:  Is There Any Future for Natural Theology?
Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Michael Ruse, Florida State University
Jeremy Campbell, Author and former Washington correspondent for the London Evening Standard

October 4, 2007
My Life – And Faith – On Death row
Juan Melendez

March 30, 2007
Just a Second Now! Who Tells a Clock When to Tick
A Panel on the History, Physics, and Theology of What Clocks ‘Say’ When They Tell Time)
Dr. William Stoeger, S. J., Astrophysicist, Vatican Observatory
Dr. Dennis McCarthy, Director, Directorate of Time, U.S. Naval Observatory
Dr. John McCarthy, Dept. of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

March 14, 2007
Acting on Faith
Neil Giuntoli, Hollywood Film Actor
Dr. Ann M. Shanahan, Dept. of Theatre, Loyola University Chicago
Michael J. Sparough, S. J., Charis Ministries, Loyola University Chicago
Sandra Kaufmann, Dept. of Theatre, Loyola University Chicago

November 9, 2006
Immigration: Testing a State’s Moral Boundary
Donna M. Adler, J.D., Ph.D., Adler Law, L.L.C. and Dept. of Theology, Loyola University Chicago
Alejandro Olayo, S.J., MSW, Jesuit First Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago
Elena Segura, Office for Peace and Justice, Archdiocese of Chicago
Fred Tsao, Policy Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights


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