About Us

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society is Christ­endom Col­lege's premier forum for intel­lectual self-devel­opment. Twice monthly, the Society argues topics of phil­osophy, theo­logy and politics in the refined style of parl­iamentary debate. It forges the virtues of crit­ical thinking, rhet­orical prowess and pol­itical lead­ership in an atmos­phere of aes­thetic refine­ment and camar­aderie. Debates are open to the entire campus. Member­ship is elec­tive and is open to both stu­dents and faculty.

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The Society depends largely on the gener­osity of its donors for its funding. The Society hosts seven debates every semester that are open to the Christ­endom College com­munity, as well as private func­tions that develop our members profes­sionally and polit­ically. Please consider making a tax-deduct­able donation to the Society.

Society News

April 13, 2015

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society is pleased to announce its new Troika for the coming semester–Ms. Monica Burke as Chairman, Ms. Caitlin Van Valkenburgh as Secretary, and Mr. Michael Mazzara as Prefect of Secret Rites.

February 16, 2015

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will be hosting its first charity debate on February 22nd. Proceeds will benefit Loaves and Fishes, a local charity in Front Royal.

December 01, 2014

The Chester Belloc Debate Society is pleased to announce its new Troika for the coming semester–Mr. Thomas Maurer as Chairman, Ms. Caitlin Van Valkenburgh as Secretary, and Mr. Peter Tapsak as Prefect.

April 23, 2014

The newly elected members of Troika are: Chairman: Matthew Marcolini, Secretary: Peter Zinman, Prefect: Thomas Maurer

February 12, 2014

The Society is now mourning the loss of former member Charles Van Hecke. He is survived by his fiancee. We ask for prayers for him and his family.

Requiescat in pace.

November 21, 2013

The first edition of What is CBDS is available here on this website:

What is CBDS?

November 21, 2013

The Debate Society’s official Christendom donation portal has been upgraded to include options for a one-time donation, a monthly recurring gift, or a pledge of future installments. All donations are earmarked for the use of the Society, and are tax-deductible through the College, which will send you a receipt. We appreciate your generosity in helping us pursue our mission of Restoring All Things in Christ!

Please use the “Donate” link above to donate.

October 30, 2013

Our month-long hiatus finished today. Come join us for a Devil’s Advocate Game debate “The Catholic Church Should Allow the Ordination of Women” this Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at 7pm in Regina Coeli hall. Devil’s Advocate Games debate a heterodox position to sharpen our apologetical skills.

October 23, 2013

The Chester Belloc Debate Society will resume it’s normal functions on November 3rd. The Debate will still be the DAG as previously announced.

September 03, 2013

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its first debate of the fall semester on Sunday, September 8th. We hope to unveil our new Chairman for the first time in public. The topic is: “Even if legalized, smoking marijuana for recreational purposes is still immoral.”

August 19, 2013

The Society will hold its first meeting of the semester on Saturday, August 31 in the Rare Books Room of the St. John the Evangelist Library starting at 1:00. At the top of the agenda is the election of a successor to Kevin Young.

August 19, 2013

The Society is sad to announce the resignation of the newly elected Mr. Kevin Young from his position as Chairman. The Sometime Chairman Chris Foeckler will serve as pro tempore Chairman until a new Chairman can be elected.

May 29, 2013

The Chester Belloc Society will be hosting a series of debates for the Christendom summer program. These will be held Tuesdays, June 18th through July 23rd.

February 22, 2013

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold it’s 72nd meeting on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at 7:00 pm in Regina Caeli. The resolution to be debated is: “A Practicing Catholic Should Not Be a Spy.”

November 07, 2012

The Chester Belloc Debate Society welcomed thirteen new members into its ranks on Saturday, Nov. third. The inductees included both faculty and undergraduates, all of whom we look forward to hearing from on the floor. Congratulations!

June 20, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Society held a debate for the benefit prospective students currently attending Christendom’s summer program. The debate was a rousing success and special thanks goes out to current students and alumni who helped make it so.

April 15, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society is pleased to announce a new Troika for the coming semester. It extends its congratulations to Mr. Sean Connolly, who continues as Chairman, Mr. Peter Deucher, the Secretary, and Miss Nicole Koopman, the Prefect of Secret Rites.

April 11, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its final debate of the semester on April 15th, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “Psychology serves evangelization better than scholasticism.”

March 28, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its sixth debate of the semester on April 1st, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “To love God is man’s end.”

March 14, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its fifth debate of the semester on March 18th, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “The wise man drinks underage.”

February 22, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its fourth debate of the semester on February 26th, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “The value of music is completely subjective.”

February 08, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its third debate of the semester on February 12th, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “There is no morally licit solution to the problem of frozen embryos.”

January 24, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its second debate of the semester on January 29, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “America needs Ron Paul.”

January 18, 2012

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its 1st debate of the semester on January 22, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “The mass media undermines a free society.”

December 05, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society held its last debate of the semester on December 4th, 2011. At the end of the evening, the resolution “Under all circumstances, life issues must be the voter’s foremost consideration” failed with 1 vote pro, 16 votes con, and 9 abstentions.

November 30, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its final debate of the semester on December 4th at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is “Under all circumstances, life issues must be the voter’s foremost consideration.”

November 24, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society held its sixth debate of the semester on November 20th, 2011. At the end of the evening, the resolution “St. Patrick’s Battalion ought to have been hanged like the vile and filthy traitors they were” passed with 22 votes pro, 12 votes con and 2 abstentions.

November 15, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society will hold its 6th debate of the semester on November 20th, at 7 p.m. in the Chester-Belloc Room. The resolution to be debated is: “St. Patrick’s Battalion ought to have been hanged like the vile and filthy traitors they were.”

November 13, 2011

The Society is pleased to announce a new Troika for the coming semester. It extends its congratulations to Mr. Sean Connolly (Chairman), Miss Christine Nussio (Secretary), and Miss Elizabeth Sartor (Prefect).

October 27, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society, in coordination with SAC, will be hosting “Drinking in a Professional Environment,” this Sunday. This is an opportunity for students to learn the social skills necessary for drinking responsibly in a business setting. The evening will be emceed by our distinguished professor, Mr. Eric Jenislawski. Attendance is limited; please sign up.

September 17, 2011

On the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the Society debated: “Resolved: The killing of Osama bin Laden was just.”

September 01, 2011

On August 28th, the Society held its first debate of the Fall 2011 semester on the topic, “Resolved: the First Amendment protects pornography.” Attendance exceeded 80 people.

April 27, 2011

The Society is pleased to announce a new Troika for the coming semester. It extends its congratulations to Mr. Christopher Foeckler (returning for a second semester as Chairman), Mr. Sean Connolly (Secretary), and Miss Adele Smith (Prefect).

March 14, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society is hosting a professional development event for her members this Friday, March 18, from 7:30-10:00 in the basement of the library. Students will have an opportunity to network with representatives from a variety of fields, who will give a brief presentation about their own professional life and will be available for resume and interview advice.

March 09, 2011

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society is pleased to announce that the new website is up and running! The Society extends a sincere thank-you to those who worked on the project, especially Andrew Stine (webmaster) and Adele Smith (layout)

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