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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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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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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"Sacred Places—Sacred Texts"

The “Sacred Places – Sacred Texts” conference was held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. in Damen Student Center MPR North. This conference featured an interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars from the three Italian universities of Bari, Naples, and Padua and scholars from Loyola University Chicago’s Theology Department. The conference was co-sponsored by the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, ItalCultura, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.

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2013 Cody/Farrell Lecture

Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Professor of Theology at Boston College

"The Future of Catholic Feminist Theology"

Mary Ann Hinsdale is a native of Chicago. Since obtaining her PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto), she taught at St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI and at the College of the Holy Cross (where she also chaired the Religious Studies Department and was Director of Women’s Studies). Since the year 2000 she has been teaching at Boston College. A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI), Dr. Hinsdale served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America from 2010–2011.


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"City of God/Towns for Humans"

The John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology hosted a two-day conference titled "City of God/Towns for Humans" at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus in Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge on April 25 and 26. This conference was co-sponsored by the Laboratory of Research on the City of the Istituto di Studi Superiori of the Università di Bologna.

"City of God/Towns for Humans" featured acclaimed architect Joseph Rykwert and the Boston Globe columnist James Carroll. Both gave lectures on Thursday afternoon, April 25. Profs. John McCarthy and Edmondo Lupieri of Loyola University Chicago joined Prof. Raffaele Milani of the Università di Bologna on Friday morning, April 26.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago generously supported "City of God/Towns for Humans" and hosted its own program on Friday evening, April 26, at 6 p.m. titled "Italian Design Between Aesthetics and Identity Workshop."

Conference Program

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2012 Seventh Annual Cody Lecture

John J. Collins

"What Have We Learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls?"

A native of Ireland, John J. Collins was a professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago from 1991 until his arrival at Yale Divinity School in 2000. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.


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"The Reception of Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam''

On November 14–16, 2012, the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology hosted a conference titled "The Reception of Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." The conference was convened by Edmondo Lupieri, Eric F. Mason, and Alec Lucas.

Click here for the conference program.

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John Cardinal Cody Chair Events and Lectures

Cody Chair Events 2015 - 2016
Cody Chair Events 2014 - 2015
Cody Chair Events 2013 - 2014
Cody Chair Events 2012—2013
Cody Chair Events 2011—2012
Cody Chair Events 2010—2011
Cody Chair Events 2007—2010
Cody Lectures Archive
Slideshow of Cody Chair Events and Lectures

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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