Father Jim Bacik Lecture Series

The Sylvania Franciscan Village will offer a four-part Father Jim Bacik Lecture Series on Morality. Each lecture is offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

The lecture topics are as follows:

•Tuesday, May 17: Richard McCormick on Abortion

McCormick, born and raised in Toledo, became one of the foremost moral theologians in the country. This lecture examines his work on abortion, including his rules for discussing this volatile topic.

•Tuesday, June 28: BernardHaring on the Dangers of Legalism

Haring was a pioneer in the renewal of Catholic moral theology in the 20th century. This lecture explores his conviction that the moral life is not about keeping rules but responding wholeheartedly to Christ’s call.

•Tuesday, July 19: Charles Curran on Birth Control

Curran became well known for his dissent from official Church teaching on contraception. This lecture examines his fundamental arguments which still could be an important part of an ongoing discussion on this topic.

•Tuesday, August 9: Karl Rahner on Existential Ethics

Rahner, the great German Jesuit Theologian, contributed important ideas to the development of Catholic moral theology. This lecture examines his fundamental notion that morality involves responding to God’s personal call to us as unique individuals.

The cost for the series is $35; $10 individual pre-registered or $15 walk-in per lecture. RSVP at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org or call 419/824-3515.