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February 2017

Love Divine: Erotic Desires in Christian Mysticism 

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Caruso Catholic Center Cardinal Newman Hall – USC, 844 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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How well do we understand love today, despite popular images of romance? Prof. David Albertson of USC’s School of Religion examines how love, desire, and erotic experiences were explored by Christian mystics in ways that stretch our imagination. For them, religion shouldn’t suppress physical and spiritual desires, but cultivate and intensify them.

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March 2017

Pornography and Personhood

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Caruso Catholic Center, 844 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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Many people, both men and women, single and married, access and consume pornography. Are there serious problems with this practice? Are the effects quantifiable and/or damaging to one’s own understanding of sex and relationships?

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Protestants and Catholics

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Caruso Catholic Center, 844 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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2017 is the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. How serious are the differences between Christian denominations? Does it really make much difference whether one is a Catholic or a Protestant, or for that matter, a Jew or a Muslim? Aren’t all religions basically the same?

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Can We Be Good Without God?

March 28 @ 7:00 pm
Caruso Catholic Center Cardinal Newman Hall – USC, 844 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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Mr. Bart Campolo, a secular humanist dedicated to helping people who do not believe in God live a full and meaningful life, will enter into a conversation with Fr. James Heft about whether believing in God makes a difference in how we live our lives.

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April 2017

A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

April 5 @ 7:00 pm
Caruso Catholic Center Cardinal Newman Hall – USC, 844 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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In 2012, writer, blogger, intellectual (she’s a graduate of Yale) and avowed atheist Leah Libresco stunned her readers by announcing she was converting to Catholicism. We’ve invited her to outline that journey and discuss her book Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer.

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