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 Spring 2019

Pope Francis, the Technocratic Paradigm, and the Planetary Emergency: Readings and Reflections on His Holiness’ encyclical Laudato Si’ 

If I may begin by thanking Fr. John Conley, S. J. for his many years of service on the Committee.  Fr. John has decided to step down but gave us a good number of erudite years and guided on thinking on CST.  I am delighted the Committee now includes Dr. Theresa Nguyen (Chemistry) and Dr. Daniel Castillo (Theology)    

For Spring 2019 we have chosen a theme from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment On Care of Our Common Home (Laudato Si’ online).  In Section 3 of the encyclical, Francis takes up the topic of what he calls the technocratic paradigm.  In this case, a paradigm is an ethos, a spiritual temper, but a negative one, a manner of control and management damaging to cura personalis.

The Committee on Catholic Social Thought will post short readings on our website but also bring copies to the lunches so people can follow along with the selected passages for discussion.  

Presenters speak for no more than 15 minutes, just to get the ball rolling, and then it’s open discussion of your thoughts/questions about the readings/topic.  

Our three meetings are:

Noon until 1:15pm in Room 114 College Center (or right behind the Starbucks!).

  • Thursday February 21st
    Dr. Paul Scherz (CUA)
    Reading: Laudato Si’, n. 101¬114.
  • Thursday March 14th
    Dr. Theresa Nguyen (Loyola)
    Reading: Selected passages from Section 3 of Laudato Si’.
  • Thursday April 11th
    Dr. Daniel Castillo (Loyola)
    Reading: Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, 111–144 (focus on 114–124).

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


data and detection from sherlock holmes to observant machines poster with monday february 11 2019 event information 5pm in library auditorium presented by david dusenburywell detected poster with event information and photo of dr. paul scherz.  thursday february 21 at 5 pm in the loyola notre dame library auditoriumCatholic Social Thought Lecture Series Spring 2019

All lectures to be held in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library Auditorium.

  • Thursday, February 21st at 5pm
    Dr. Paul Scherz (CUA)
    Well Directed? The Technocratic Paradigm, Entrepreneurial Science, and the Reproducibility Crisis
  • Monday, March 18th at 4:30pm 
    Dr. David Dusenbury (Loyola)
    Data and Detection. From Sherlock Holmes to Observant Machines

The Third Annual Andy Warhol Lecture on Catholicism and the Arts

  • Monday, April 15th at 6pm
    Dr. Brian Murray (Loyola)
    Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Catholic?


photo of andy warhol and alfred hitchcock. sir alfred hitchcock catholic? lecture information also found on this page.