Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo for over fifty years. He has lectured in Latin America, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, he is “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching.” Read more by visting his website here.



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Father Bacik's Most Recent Books

"Church Matters: Bacik Reflections"

This book contains essays written over the last decade that deal with church issues under three major headings. Part One, The Baptized: Laity and Clergy, has articles on Developing a Catholic Identity, Family Life and Christian Virtues, and Catholics Voting for Pro-Choice Candidates; Part Two, Influential Leaders, treats the great missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict and the truly amazing impact of Pope Francis; Part Three, The Church at Worship, features meditations on Christmas and Easter. Each of the thirty-four essays can be read independently for personal study and reflection. Taken together, they provide broad perspectives for reflecting on contemporary church life.

"Humble Confidence"

Humble Confidence provides summaries of Karl Rahner’s main ideas on anthropology, God, Christ, and the Church, with an emphasis on their practical significance. Finally, it serves as a response to critics who claim that Rahner is passé by emphasizing the power of his theology to illumine contemporary issues with the light of the gospel. 

Father Jim Bacik Lectures


June 15 

Pope Francis and His Critics on Church Doctrine

An examination of the pastoral approach of Pope Francis to doctrine in general and communion for divorced and remarried Catholics in particular, which has drawn criticism from some Catholics led by Cardinal Raymond Burke

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July  20

Pope Francis and His Critics on Justice Issues

A summary of the position of Pope Francis on climate change and the plight of the poor, which has been questioned by some Americans, including President Trump.

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August 24 

Pope Francis and His Critics on Sexual Issues

An exploration of the charge that Pope Francis has not done enough on the sex abuse scandal and holds a theory of gender complementarity that limits the role of women in church and society.

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All lectures are open to the public. 

Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center

Cost:  $10 Preregistered/ $15 At the door.


Other Fr. Bacik Lecture Dates

June 15, 2017 -  "Pope Francis and His Critics"

July 20, 2017

August 24, 2017

September 14, 2017

October 19, 2017

November 16, 2017

Advent Reflection

December 9, 2017

*all lectures are held on Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Franciscan Center  on the campus of Lourdes University (exception are Special Lectures and the Advent Reflection on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 pm)