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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

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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