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 Quadrilateral Agreement for Scientific Collaboration:

  • Loyola University Chicago, Department of Theology, PhD Program in New Testament and Early Christianity;
  • The University of Bolgna, Department of History and Cultures;
  • The University of Bari Aldo Moro, Department of the Humanities
  • The École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.

This agreement is made in order to promote cooperation in the field of research and teaching; to encourage cultural, scientific and artistic projects of mutual interest with particular reference to religious studies; and to contribute to the ties of friendship between the four academic institutitions and the three countries on the basis of the principles of equality and reciprocal benefit. The forms of cooperation may include: 

  • The conduct of research projects with mutual interest;
  • Exchange visits of Department members, scholars and researchers in order to carry out research and consultations and to encourage the training of scientific personnel;
  • The organization of joint seminars, symposia, and discussions on topics of common interest;
  • The exchange of doctoral students;
  • The co-tutoring of doctoral dissertations according to the laws and dispositions of each country;

Exchange and co-tutoring of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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