Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology


“When does a formulation of thought cease to be valid? When it loses sight of the human or even when it is afraid of the human or deluded about itself. The deceived thought can be depicted as Ulysses encountering the song of the Siren, or as Tannhäuser in an orgy surrounded by satyrs and bacchantes, or as Parsifal, in the second act of Wagner’s opera, in the palace of Klingsor. The thinking of the church must recover genius and better understand how human beings understand themselves today, in order to develop and deepen the church’s teaching.”

Pope Francis, Interview with America Magazine, 2013


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John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair of Theology

Edmondo Lupieri was named the 3rd recipient of the John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair of Theology in 2006 and established the annual Cody Lecture to address the relation of theology and the sciences. Professor Lupieri may be contacted by phone at 773.508.2363 or by email at elupier@luc.edu.


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Salvador Dali, "The Temptation of St. Anthony," 1946


Mission Statement

The scholarship undertaken and supported by the John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair of Theology seeks to address the concerns articulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Jesuits in 2008. This scholarship falls under the following foci:

  • The dialogue within the Roman Catholic Church regarding the meaning of its central symbols and doctrines and regarding the meaning of what constitutes a truly human life;

  • The dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and other confessions within Christianity;

  • The dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the great world religions;

  • The dialogue between the Church and the secular world;

  • The dialogue between theology and the sciences.

Each of these dialogues is of great importance in our current cultural moment. For ours is a time of pluralism—a time not only of a pluralism of the various confessions within Christianity, but of pluralism within the Roman Catholic Church; a time not only of an increasing awareness of religious pluralism, but a time in which the Christian understanding of what constitutes a truly human life is no longer self-evident and in which various secular understandings of human flourishing contend with that of the Christian faith; a time of pluralism in approaches to our understanding of the world and of the place of human beings within the world. The John Cardinal Cody Chair seeks to examine issues of import within each of these foci through the Cody Lecture and seminars and colloquia offered throughout the academic year.


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A Trilateral Agreement for Scientific Collaboration established between:

  • Loyola University Chicago, Department of Theology, PhD Program in New Testament and Early Christianity;

  • The University of Bologna, Department of "Discipline Storiche," PhD Program in "Studi Religiosi: Scienze Sociali e Studi Storici delle Religioni";

  • The Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, en Sorbonne.

A trilateral agreement was established in April 2010 between these institutions to promote cooperation in matters of research and teaching in the area of religion. The forms of cooperation may include: the exchange of visiting scholars, doctoral students, young post-doctoral researchers and professors; the exchange of scientific publications; the organization of colloquia, seminars and common conferences; the development of research projects that will connect the three institutions.

Text of Trilateral Agreement
Trilateral Agreement Programs


 

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Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, "St. Jerome in his Study," 1617


American Editorial Board, Annali di Storia dell'Esegesi

Since its founding in 1984 by Dr. Mauro Pesce, Annali di storia dell'esegesi has established itself as a top European journal on the history of Christianity and the interpretation of the Bible, featuring articles reflecting interdisciplinary approaches and international perspectives.

The journal is now expanding its presence in North America with the establishment of an American Editorial Board, consisting of Edmondo F. Lupieri (Loyola University Chicago, Chairperson); Michael A. Daise (College of William and Mary); Pierluigi Piovanelli (University of Ottawa); and Brian Dennert (Loyola University Chicago, Secretary).

Website: http://www.cisec.unibo.it/CISEC/Pubblicazioni/ase.htm