Catholic Q&A Program

The Catholic Q&A Program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith through faculty presentations and discussion held at Loyola University Chicago. The questions are drawn from student interest and the presenters represent some of the University’s—and the wider community's—most engaging speakers.

Upcoming Presentations

Can I really be feminist in my Chuch? Catholic Women at a Crossroad
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and Discussion Leader: Dr. Michelle Nickerson (Department of History, LUC)

Past Presentations

Why is a Social Justice Agenda Dangerous and Risky for Higher Education?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. (President & CEO, Loyola University Chicago)

Catholic and American: What are the Politics of the Common Good?
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Brendan Horan, S.J.

What is the Place of the Right to Life within Catholic Social Teaching?
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Joseph Koterski (Fordham University)

Hope for the 21st Century Church
Thursday, October 30, 2014
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Francis Cardinal George, Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago

Is there a Hell and Who's in It?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Damen Student Center, Room 217 (Campus Ministry Suite)
Presenter and discussion leader: Jon M. Sweeney (Independent scholar and writer)

Catholicism: What's t/Truth Got to Do With It?
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Damen Student Center, Room 217 (Campus Ministry Suite)
Presenter and discussion leader: Prof. James G. Murphy, S.J. (Department of Philosophy, LUC)

How Can Clinical Psychology Help Us Understand the Mystery of Forgiveness?
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Presenter and discussion leader: Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. (President and CEO, LUC)
Regis Hall Multi-Purpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Students only

What are Spiritual Exercises and do They Require Stretching?
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Justin Daffron, S.J., Associate Provost, Department of Academic Advising and Services, LUC. Regis Hall Multi-Purpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Students Only

Does God Change?
Monday, November 5, 2012
Presentation and discussion leader: Dr. Thomas Regan, S.J., Associate Professor of Philosophy, LUC. Does God change? Does God interact with the world? If so, how? This presentation will discuss how 'process philosophy' and 'process theism'  grapples precisely with these questions. Students only

50 Years Later: What Happened to Vatican II? 
Monday, March 26, 2012
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Stephen Rowntree, S.J., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Office of Mission and Ministry, Loyola University New Orleans. Fr. Rowntree’s current research centers on issues in political economy, especially ethical assessments of markets, including ethical prerequisites for their functioning and redistributive measures to assure social justice

Is Human Psychology Complete Without Faith?  
Monday, November 14, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., President, LUC. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Undergraduate students only

Faith Can Save Your Soul, But Can It Save The Planet? 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Michael Agliardo, S.J., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, LUC. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Undergraduate students only

What are Five Tips for Making Your Loyola Experience More Catholic? 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Justin Daffron, S.J., Associate Provost for Academic Services, LUC. Students only. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, LUC, LSC

Why Can't Women Be Priests?   
Monday, January 31, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Dr. Wendy J. Cotter, CSJ, Department of Theology, LUC. Students only. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, LUC, LSC

The Final Word: Conscience, Church, or Bible?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fr. Gene Szarek, Department of Theology. Students only. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, LSC

Being Catholic: What Difference Does It Make? 
September, 28, 2010

Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., University President

Are Catholics Obsessed with the Human Embryo?  
April 6, 2010
Dr. John Hardt, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity

Are Human Beings Basically Selfish?
February 9, 2010 

Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Martin Schreiber, S.J., PhD Student, School of Education, LUC

Is Sex an Act of Love?
November 3, 2009

Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Gene Szarek, C.R. Department of Theology.

Is Belief in God Irrational?
September 30, 2009
Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J. Department of Philosophy