Elephants in the Living Room—Educational Forums (by Date)

See also: Educational Forms by Presenter & Topic

Jan. 16, 2019: Deborah Rose-Milavec
A Woman's Perspective on the Church

Transcript (Avail. Feb. 15)

Apr. 3, 2019: Rev. Donald Cozzens
The Root Causes of the Sexual Abuse Crisis



Jan. 23, 2018: Rev. James Martin, sj
Building a Bridge between LGBT People and the Church

Mar. 6, 2018: Dr. M. Shawn Copeland
Pope Francis and His Call to Justice

April 12, 2018: Fr. John Dear
Pope Francis & the Gospel of Nonviolence

September 11, 2018: Fr. Jim Bacik
Pope Francis & His Critics

November 7, 2018: Fr. Richard Rohr, ofm
The World, the Flesh and the Devil
The Three Sources of Evil

2017 Educational Forums

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Otherwise, a link refers to a forthcoming or just-given Forum on the Home Page.

Jan. 18, 2017: Sir Jeffery Abood
The Holy Land—Hearing the Call of the Mother Church


Mar. 17, 2017: Dr. Stephen Pope
A Catholic Response to the Trump Presidency


Mar. 23, 2017: Sr. Carol Zinn, csj
Care for Our Common Home

Sept. 19, 2017: Fr. Jared Wicks, sj
Martin Luther: 500 Years' Legacy

Nov. 14, 2017: Robert Mickens
Roman Happenings

2016 Educational Forums

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Otherwise, a link refers to a forthcoming or just-given Forum on the Home Page.

(Jan. 18, 2016) Robert Mickens
Inside the Vatican—Pope Francis' Efforts at Reform

May 13, 2016: Stephen Pope
Can Catholic Moral Teaching Develop?

April 5, 2016: Rev. Justin Kelly, S.J.
From Vatican II to Pope Francis:
Reflections on 50 Years

Dec. 13, 2016: Joseph Martos
How We Got Into This Mess
(Why Sacraments Don't Work the Way They Are Supposed To)

2015 Educational Forums

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Otherwise, a link refers to a forthcoming or just-given Forum on the Home Page.

  • (Jan. 22, 2015) Fr. Michael Crosby, ofm cap: Economics and the Trinity
  • (May 11, 2015) Brother Guy Consomagno, sj: Sacred Scripture, Creation and the Evolution of the Universe
  • (Sept. 25, 2015) Sister Dianne Bergant, csa: The Earth Is the Lord's:  The Encyclical Letter "Laudato SI!"—On Care for Our Common Home

2014 Educational Forums

  • (Jan. 30, 2014) Dr. Phyllis Zagano: Women in Ministry
  • (May 15, 2014) Dr. Christopher Pramuk: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line
  • (Sept. 17, 2014) Fr. Donald Cozzens: New Pope; New Hope: Out from the Underground
  • (Nov. 3, 2014) Fr. Tony Flannery: People of Conscience

2013 Educational Forums

  • (Feb. 8, 2013) Bishop Remi DeRoo: A Pilgrim of Vatican II
  • (April 18, 2013) Fr. Roy Bourgeois: My Journey—The Catholic Worker House
  • Agenda
  • (May 3, 2013) Dr. Gary Macy: Women's Ministry in the Early Church
  • (July 26, 2013) Fr. Helmut Schuller: The Catholic Tipping Point
  • (Sept. 13, 2013) Sr. Margaret Farley, rsm: Forgiveness in the Service of Justice
  • (Dec. 6, 2013) Dr. Richard Gaillardetz: Francis—Pope of the Council

2012 Educational Forums

  • (Feb. 9, 2012) Sr. Nancy Sylvester, ihm: Engaging Impasse: Circles of Contemplation and Dialogue
  • Agenda
  • (Mar. 27, 2012) Bishop Geoffrey Robinson: Confronting Power and Sex in the Church: Changing the Culture
  • (May 24, 2012) Paul Lakeland: Yves Congar on True and False Reform in the Church
  • (Sept. 11, 2012) Fr. Charles Curran: Some Real Authority Problems in the Church Today
  • (Oct. 31, 2012) Sr. Simone Campbell, s.s.s.: Catholic Social Teachings and the Poor
  • (Dec. 14, 2012) Fr. Anthony Ruff, osb: The New Roman Missal: What Is the Problem? What Can Be Done?

2011 Educational Forums

  • (Jan. 6, 2011) Sr. Theresa Kane, ihm: A Vision for the Catholic Community in the 21st Century
  • (Feb. 4, 2011) Fr. Bryan Massingale: Malcolm X as a Model for Catholic Theological Reflection
  • Presentation
  • (May 10, 2011) Fr. Ladilaus Orsy, sj: Spirit of Obedience in a Troubled Church
  • Presentation
  • (June, 2011) American Catholic Council: Soundings of the Faithful: Listening Sessions on the Way to Detroit
  • Agenda
  • (Oct. 20, 2011) Jason Berry: Financial Stewardship

2010 Educational Forums

  • (Feb. 4, 2010) Fr. George Wilson, sj: Clericalism: The Death of the Priesthood
  • (Mar. 15, 2010) Sr. Sandra Schneiders, ihm: Religious Women in Prophetic Ministry Today
  • (May 26, 2010) Fr. Jim Bacik: What the Spirit Is Saying to the Church through Young Adults
  • (Sept. 20, 2010) Dr. Richard_Gaillardetz: Does Vatican II Theology of the Laity Have a Future?

2009 Educational Forums

  • (Jan 29, 2009) Fr. Michael Crosby, ofm: Gospel Poverty in a Tanking Economy
  • (Mar. 27, 2009) Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, csj: The Generous God of the Religions (The Place of Other Religions in God's Plan)
  • (May 21, 2009) Fr. John O'Malley sj: What Happened at Vatican II
  • (Sept. 10, 2009) Robert McClory: Faithful Dissenters
  • (Oct. 16, 2009) Sr. Helen Prejean: Dead Man Walking—The Journey Continues

2008 Educational Forums

  • (Jan 21, 2008) John Allen: The U.S. Catholic Church—A Global Perspective
  • (Mar. 11, 2008) Fr. Thomas Reese, sj: A Survival Guide for Thinking Catholics
  • (Sept. 18, 2008) Fr. David Hollenbach sj: Faith and Politics: Christian Spirituality and Working for the Common Good
  • (Nov. 17, 2008) Fr. John Baldovin sj: Reforming the Liturgy

2007 Educational Forums

  • (Jan 20, 2007) Jon Schoonmaker and Barbara Blaine: A Time to Listen: Comments from Victims of Sexual Abuse
  • (Mar. 19, 2007) Fr. Jim Coriden: The Parish in a Time of Diminishing Numbers of Priests
  • (Aug. 27, 2007) David O'Brien: The Call to Action Process
  • Agenda
  • (Nov. 7, 2007Fr. Bryan Massingale: Prophetic Ministry in the Church Today
  • Agenda

2006 Educational Forums

  • (Apr. 3, 2006) Sr. Joan Chittister, osb: Theology, Ecology, Women and World Peace
  • (May 23, 2006) A Panel Discussion on the Vatican's Decree on the Formation of Men for the Priesthood Who May Be Homosexual

  • Mary Black A Parent's Perspective on the Church's Treatment of Homosexuals

  • Sr. Mary Ann Ford, ihm How The Church's Document on Homosexuality Has Affected Real People

  • Fr. Fred Daley Sharing His Struggle with Being Homosexual in the World and the Church

  • (Sept. 18, 2006) Fr. Donald Cozzens: The Challenge to Be Adult Disciples
  • (Oct. 27, 2006) Robert Blair Kaiser: Making Our Church a People's Church
  • (Nov. 27, 2006) Fr. Michael Sullivan, Fr. Ken Kauchek and Fr. Joe Maher: The Rights of Priests

2005 Educational Forums

  • (May 16, 2005) Tom Fox: One Body—One Spirit
  • (Oct. 10, 2005) Richard McBrien: Critical Issues Facing the Church
  • Presentation

2004 Educational Forums

  • (June 28, 2004) Fr. Michael Himes: On Ecclesiology
  • Agenda
  • (Oct. 25, 2004) Dr. Dean Hoge: Differences Between Older Priests and Newly Ordained Priests and of Where the Priesthood and Lay Ministry May Be Heading
  • Agenda

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