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Past Quaestiones Disputatae

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.

Better to Receive Than to Give: The Meaning of Trust in Religious and Catholic Thought
October 15, 2009
Fr. Joseph J. Godfrey, S. J., Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Saint Joseph’s University. Panel presentation and discussion. William George, Ph.D. from Dominican University will be the presentation respondent.

Zakat: Drawing Insights for Catholic Legal Thinking From Islamic Jurisprudence on Tax Theory and Economic Policy  
September 17, 2009
Dr. Russell Powell, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law.

Does Social Work Education ‘Prefer’ the Poor?
April 8, 2009
A luncheon presentation by and discussion with Julia Pryce and Michael Kelly, assistant professors in the School of Social Work.

Eugene O'Neill's Irish-Catholic Heritage and his Dramatic Art 
March 26, 2009
Presentation and discussion with Peter Gilmour (Emeritus Faculty, Institute of Pastoral Studies), Michael Sparough, S.J. (Director, Charis Ministries), and Mark Bosco, S.J. (Assistant Professor, Departments of English and Theology).

The Roman Catholic Bishops' Treatment Model for Sexually Abusive Priests: The Triumph of Therapy over Theology
October 17, 2008
Dr. Nicholas P. Cafardi

How Not To Handle A Crisis: Roman Catholic Bishops and Pedophile Priests
October 16, 2008
Dr. Nicholas P. Cafardi with response by Justice Anne Burke

Religious Conversion and Philosophical Pragmatism: A Catholic Perspective
October 9, 2008
A Panel discussion with Donald Gelpi, S.J.

Mother Teresa’s Long Dark Night 
April 1, 2008
Luncheon panel discussion with Fr. Bob Sprott, O.F.M. of Chicago’s St. Peter’s in the Loop Church and Fr. Michael Sparough, S.J., Director, Charis Ministries, Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. 

Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy 
March 27, 2008 
Luncheon viewing of new film “Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy”
Discussion with Kevin Burke, S.J. of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Dan Hartnett, S.J., rector of the Loyola University Chicago Jesuit community

Homelessness:  A Material and Spiritual Crisis
November 8, 2007
Felicia Gaithers, St. Martin DePorres House of Hope, Joanne Cimbalo, St. Martin DePorres House of Hope, Jordan Skarr, Ignatian Spirituality Project, Georgia Machell, Interfaith House

Nature, Science, and Religion:  Is There Any Future for Natural Theology?
October 24, 2007
Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame, Dr. Michael Ruse, Florida State University, Jeremy Campbell, Author and former Washington correspondent for the London Evening Standard

My Life – And Faith – On Death Row
October 4, 2007
Juan Melendez

Just a Second Now! Who Tells a Clock When to Tick
March 30, 2007
(A Panel on the History, Physics, and Theology of What Clocks ‘Say’ When They Tell Time)
Dr. William Stoeger, S. J., Astrophysicist, Vatican Observatory, Dr. Dennis McCarthy, Director, Directorate of Time, U.S. Naval Observatory, Dr. John McCarthy, Dept. of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Acting on Faith
March 14, 2007
Neil Giuntoli, Hollywood Film Actor, Dr. Ann M. Shanahan, Dept. of Theatre, Loyola University Chicago, Michael J. Sparough, S. J., Charis Ministries, Loyola University Chicago, Sandra Kaufmann, Dept. of Theatre, Loyola University Chicago

Immigration: Testing a State’s Moral Boundary
March 14, 2007
Donna M. Adler, J.D., Ph.D., Adler Law, L.L.C. and Dept. of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, Alejandro Olayo, S.J., MSW, Jesuit First Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago, Elena Segura, Office for Peace and Justice, Archdiocese of Chicago
Fred Tsao, Policy Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights