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.


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.