Quaestiones Disputatae

Public Catholicism Issue Panels


Past 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. 

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

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 University Chicago,  Dr. Julia Pryce, School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Associate 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

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

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.

God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics
September 9, 2010
Introduction by Dr. Aana Vigen, Department of Theology, discussion and book signing with LUC Faculty Authors.

Thomas Berry: A Legacy for the Commons
April 8, 2010
A discussion of the late Fr. Thomas Berry’s profound impact on ecological awareness and environmental ethics.
Panelists: Nancy Tuchman, Ph.D., Director, CUERP and Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago; Robert A. Ludwig, Ph.D., Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago; Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield, Founder & Executive Director Faith in Place; James Mastaler, Ph.D. student, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago; Facilitator:   William C. French, Ph.D., Director, Center for Ethics and  Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago. 

Past Discussion Panels