College Professor to Lecture on Intersections of Culture, Science, and Catholicism 

Release Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, will hold a faculty colloquium and lecture on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Social Room, Fournier Hall. Father Malloy will speak about “Sex, Science, and Spirituality: A Recipe for Catholic Intimacy.”

Father Malloy’s lecture will show how sex, science, and spirituality, with the proper understanding is the recipe for catholic intimacy, and how it can allow us to love one another and make a better world for all. His lecture will explore the cultural ramifications for Catholicism in a world constructed by the cultural assumptions of science and the rapidly transforming meanings of sexuality. The lecture aims to show how the vision and answers of Karl Rahner, Bernard Lonergan, and the Catholic Catechism provide better answers to the problems of our age than the answers provided by Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton or the characters on television’s "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang."

The lecture will argue that Catholicism should engage these cultural currents in dialogue, rather than retreat into condemnations of what is good and holy in sex and science. His talk will show how science can sometimes fall short in answering the ultimate questions, including: “Why are we here?” “What can we know?” and “What ought we to do?”

Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D. is the author of the Catholic Press award-winning “A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century” (Orbis Books) He is currently working on a new book exploring the themes of culture and spirituality and their implications on society. Malloy frequently contributes to the Busted Halo Web site and has written columns for The Huffington Post.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D. at 215.753.3612 or e-mail