Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture

Named after Joseph Bernardin, Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago from 1982 to 1996, for his influential work toward Church reform after the Second Vatican Council through his Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Bernardin further sought to address social issues, especially in developing his “Seamless Garment Ethic of Life" He also worked toward ecumenism and interfaith dialogue throughout his life.

Inaugurated in April 2017 with speaker Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, the Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause lecture series offers Catholic prelates a platform to engage Loyola’s community in common cause with the Church on issues facing us today.

Upcoming Lecture

Quo Vadis? Scholars and Journalists Discuss the Future of Catholicism

Future of Catholicism: Card Bernardin

April 4-5th

IC 4th Floor & Institute of Environmental Sustainability 123/124, LSC

(Detailed scheduled to come)

About the Event:

This two day event hosts in-depth dialogue about the future of Catholicism in the United States.

Day One features talks with Cardinal Blase Cupich and other journalists and scholars.

Day Two, discussions continue with a focus around the forthcoming publication, entitled The Future of Catholicism in America, and edited by Patricia O'Connell Killan and Mark Silk, who will be joining us for the event.

About the Publication:

(Taken from the Columbia University Press website)

Catholics constitute the largest religious community in the United States. Yet most American Catholics have never known a time when their church was not embroiled in controversies over liturgy, religious authority, cultural change, and gender and sexuality. Today, these arguments are taking place against the backdrop of Pope Francis’s progressive agenda and the resurgence of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. What is the future of Catholicism in America?

This volume considers the prospects at a pivotal moment. Contributors—scholars from sociology, theology, religious studies, and history—look at the church’s evolving institutional structure, its increasing ethnic diversity, and its changing public presence. They explore the tensions among members of the hierarchy, between clergy and laity, and along lines of ethnicity, immigration status, class, generation, political affiliation, and degree of religious commitment. They conclude that American Catholicism’s future will be pluriform—reflecting the variety of cultural, political, ideological, and spiritual points of view that typify the multicultural, democratic society of which Catholics constitute so large a part.

Past Lectures

The 2018 Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture

McElroy New

Forming a Catholic Political Imagination
Most Reverend Bishop Robert W. McElroy

On April 18, 2018, CCIH welcomed Bishop Robert W. McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego, who delivered the second major lecture in honor of Cardinal Bernardin's legacy. In his lecture, Bishop McElroy outlined resources for forming an astute political imagination in a time of cultural crisis and discussed how a Catholic imagination can amplify a national moral aspiration founded in justice, freedom, and solidarity.

The content of Bishop McElroy's speech resonated so deeply with the signs of the times that Commonweal magazine later published the lecture in full and invited three well-known authors to respond. We invite you read the full Commonweal dialogue

During his visit to LUC, Bishop McElroy was also gracious enough to partake in an intimate one-on-one discussion with CCIH Director, Michael P. Murphy. We encourage to watch this brief interview, which is part of a new series entitled Live from Loyola: A Public Voices Series.

The 2017 Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture

Cupich Bernardin

Called to witness
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, in collaboration with the Loyola University Jesuit Community, sponsored its inaugural Cardinal Bernadin Common Cause lecture in the Spring of 2017. Each year, the lecture will offer a Catholic prelate with a platform to engage Loyola's community in common cause with the Church on issues facing us today.

In honor of Cardinal Bernardin's legacy, Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, addressed our common ground in a time of division. How do we bear witness to hope and encourage others to live and defend the faith?

Cardinal Cupich is the current Archbishop of Chicago, installed in 2014, after previously serving as Bishop of Rapid City and Spokane. He received his doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America. Pope Francis elevated Cupich to Cardinal in Fall 2016. He has upheld Cardinal Bernadin's call for a "consistent ethic of life" for all people.