Loyola University Maryland

Committee on Catholic Social Thought



Throughout the academic year, the Committee for Catholic Social Thought hosts both a speaker series and a luncheon series in conjunction with academic departments and the Jesuit Residence. Below is the schedule for the current and upcoming semesters. An archive of the speaker series and the luncheon discussion series is also available.

Lunchtime Discussion Series

Fall 2016

Pope Francis and the Family: A Discussion of Amoris Laetitia

Catholics find Francis both lovable and frustrating.  Amoris Laetitia, his Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family, fits that bill.

It is long, really long.  Coming in at over 250 pages it is the longest papal addition to the tradition of Catholic social thought and it contains some puzzling passages.  It is also full of joy, love, and concern.  Pure Francis!

The family is a recurring theme in papal writings.  This is not merely because the story of Jesus is a family story but because the family is a cause for concern.  Family life is often fraught with worry, conflict even, and yet it is basic to building communities of care and trust.  Politically it is a lightening rod: some think the integrity of the family, once lost, cannot be restored by state agencies.  Others see talk of the family as a problematic constraint upon the fluidity of personal identity.

We will discuss these topics, and more, during three lunch time sessions guided by three speakers we are excited to host:

Friday, September 23rd: Dr. Alexander Rosenthal (Johns Hopkins) at 12.00.  Room 114 College Center (or right behind the Starbucks!) Dr. Rosenthal will focus on Chapter 8

Friday, October 21st: Prof. David McPherson (Creighton) at 12.00.  Room 114 College Center Dr. McPherson will focus on Chapter 5 

Friday, November 11th: Prof. Paige Hochschild (Mount Saint Mary’s) at 12.00.  Room 114 College Center.  Dr. Hochschild will focus on Chapters 4 & 5

Lunch is served and all are welcome to join in the broad, open, and convivial discussions that are the hallmark of the luncheons sponsored by Loyola’s Committee on Catholic Social Thought.  http://www.loyola.edu/department/ccst/events

The text itself is available at the Vatican website.  It is huge so you may just want to read the relevant chapters online.

Should you have questions, please write to me at gmcaleer@loyola.edu.

Speaker Series

MTS Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 28

"On Poetry & Prophecy"

Dr. Michael Martin
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & English
Marygrove College

Dr. Martin is currently co-director of the Nancy McDonough Geschke Writing Center at Marygrove. His research interests include 16th and 17th century English literature, religion and literature, religious philosophy, religion and film, phenomenology, Continental philosophy, creative writing, poetry, and Romanticism.

Cohn Hall 133, 4:30 PM

Thursday, October 27

“Drinking and the Virtues”

Dr. Michael Krom
St. Vincent’s PA

Room KH108, 5:00 PM

Tuesday, November 1

“Pope Francis and the Family” 

Fr. John Conley, S. J.
Loyola University Maryland 

Cohn Hall 133, 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 10

“Law and Ethics: What’s the Difference?”

Rabbi Sam Levine
Touro Law School

KH B03, 5:00 PM

Monday, December 5

“Taste and the Virtues” 

Dr. Margaret Hughes
Mount St. Vincent’s NY

KH B03, 5:00 PM

Sponsored by the Master of Theological Studies Program & Catholic Social Thought
Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at  410-617-2062 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Theology on Tap, September & October 2016 edition

Tuesday Sept. 20, 8pm, Graham McAleer will lead a discussion about the theological background to Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien. Dr. McAleer is a professor of Philosophy at Loyola University where he teaches, among other things, a course on the philosophy of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Tuesday Oct. 25, 8pm, Matthew Moser hosts a conversation about Dante’s Comedy. Dr. Moser is a professor of Theology at Loyola and teaches courses in Catholic Literature, the Christian Imagination, and this coming Spring will teach a course on the Theology of the Comedy