Dr. Ryan Anderson — “The Transgender Moment” (promo)

Dr. David Klocek: A Return to Non-Alignment: Pope Francis’ Reiteration of a Tradition

In order to fulfill her mandate from Christ to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19) the Church has traditionally followed a policy of non-partisanship, neutrality, and non-alignment. How is this traditional policy realized in the priorities of the pontificate of Pope Francis?

Dr. David Klocek, Director of Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Virginia at Wise, examines the positive and negative effects of Vatican adherence to and divergence from a policy of non-alignment and neutrality during the last two hundred years in his talk entitled “A Return to Non-Alignment: Pope Francis’ Reiteration of a Tradition.” Dr Klocek’s talk was part of the Catholic Church in World Affairs Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Brian Scarnecchia: Patenting Life: The Response of Catholicism to Efforts to Patent Human DNA

How have both negative and positive eugenics been introduced into our society by Supreme Court decisions? How does the Catholic Church’s teaching on the dignity of the human person stand against this biological reductionist view of the person?

Dr. Brian Scarnecchia, Professor at Ave Maria School of Law, discusses the history of eugenics in Supreme Court cases from Buck v. Bell in 1927 to Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc in 2013 in his talk entitled “Patenting Life: The Response of Catholic Social Teaching to Efforts to Patent Human DNA and Genetically Modified Organisms Before the World Trade Organization and the U.S. Supreme Court.” Dr. Scarnecchia’s Talk was part of the Catholic Church in World Affairs Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Maurizio Ragazzi: The Holy See and Treaties

What is a treaty and why would the Holy See ever be a party to one?

Dr. Maurizio Ragazzi, former Senior Council for International Law at the World Bank, discusses the various options for involvement in treaties from negotiating to signing to ratification as well as reasons the Holy See might choose to participate in his talk entitled “The Holy See and Treaties.” Dr. Ragazzi’s talk was part of the Catholic Church in World Affairs Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl: The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Fresh Perspectives on Renewal and the New Evangelization

What does the New Evangelization look like today? What is the role of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the New Evangelization?

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., explains what he sees to be the four foundational blocks to the New Evangelization and describes the five characteristics of a person who is a New Evangelizer in his talk entitled “The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Fresh Perspectives on Renewal and the New Evangelization.” Cardinal Wuerl’s talk was part of the Speaking the Truth in Love Conference, sponsored by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. John Cavadini: Lights Along the Path of Faith: Christian Doctrine as Formation

Aren’t doctrines just head knowledge? Isn’t the Christian life about love? How are the doctrines that are found in the creed connected to charity?

Dr. John Cavadini, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, gives three examples to illuminate Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 89 which states, “There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the doctrines” in his talk entitled “Lights Along the Path of Faith: Studying and Teaching Christian Doctrine as Spiritual and Pastoral Formation.” Dr. Cavadini’s talk was part of the Speaking the Truth in Love Conference, sponsored by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Fr. Brett Brannen — “Discerning a Priestly Vocation” (Full Episode)

Dr. Scott Hahn — “The First Society” (Full Episode)

Dr. Deborah Savage — “Faith and Human Work” (Full Episode)

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, CSsR: The Persecution of Christians in Iraq

We often hear about the persecution of the Christians in the Middle East, but what is it actually like to live that horror? And what lessons can we learn from the suffering of our fellow Christians?

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, CSsR, of the Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Erbil, Iraq, talks about the life of Christians in Iraq under Muslim rule up until the present intense persecution they are suffering and then presents some surprising areas of hope and solidarity with Christians in the United States from their current condition. Archbishop Warda’s talk was sponsored by the Academic Affairs Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Joseph Chinnici: Cultural Openings – The Franciscan Intellectual and Educational Mission

How can the Franciscan intellectual tradition aid in making an argument for faith in today’s culture?
What role have the writings of the popes since Vatican II played in shining a spotlight on Franciscan thought as a viable way of faith seeking understanding?

Fr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM, President Emeritus of the Franciscan School of Theology, identifies eight characteristics of Franciscan intellectual tradition, as embodied in the thought of John Duns Scotus, and discusses the implications of these characteristics in the Franciscan approach to education in his talk entitled “Cultural Openings: The Franciscan Intellectual and Educational Mission.” Fr. Chinnici’s talk was sponsored by the Theology Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. William Cook: Dante’s Other Guide: St. Francis of Assisi

Dante famously had three guides on this trip through hell, purgatory and heaven: Virgil, Beatrice, and St. Bernard of Clairvoux. But is there a way to also see St. Francis as guiding Dante on his journey?

Dr. William R. Cook, Professor of History at SUNY Geneseo, looks at three central virtues of St. Francis, poverty, humility, and simplicity, and examines how Dante learned lessons from St. Francis to grow into each virtue in his talk entitled “Dante’s Other Guide: Francis of Assisi.” Dr. Cook’s talk was part of the CORE Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Mary Moorman: Recalling Who We Are: Indulgences and the Church Today

Five hundred years after Martin Luther proposed that indulgences are “pious frauds of the faithful” they are still offered by the Church and practiced by the faithful. Why?

Dr. Mary Moorman, Author of “Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit,” discusses three ways in which indulgences point to the very heart of the Church’s identity and vocation of the her talk entitled “Recalling Who We Are: Indulgences and the Church Today.” Dr. Moorman’s talk was sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Scott Hahn: Once for All: Eucharistic Mystagogy and the Trinity

As those who are professional catechists know it’s easy to become swept up in Church work, to focus on doctrine, and to forget the person of Christ. But we need to remember that we are saved by Christ, not Christology. How do we continue to continue to turn our hearts and minds toward the person of Christ in our busy lives?

Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, unpacks the role of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in mystogogy, that is learning about the mysteries of God’s salvation through participation in the life and worship of the Church in his talk entitled “Once for All: Eucharistic Mystagogy and the Trinity.” Dr. Hahn’s talk was part of the Speaking the Truth in Love Conference, sponsored by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Daniel R. Kempton: Conducting the Global War on Terror in Light of Catholic Teaching

How can the Catholic teaching on Just War Theory help us make sense of the differing paradigms for fighing terrorism offered to us by the Bush and Obama presidencies?

Dr. Daniel R. Kempton, Professor of Political Science at Franciscan University of Steubenville, examines the strengths and weaknesses of both the war and criminal frameworks for dealing with terror in light of Just War Theory as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in his talk entitled “Conducting the Global War on Terror in Light of Catholic Teaching.” Dr. Kempton’s talk was part of the Catholic Church in World Affairs Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Regis Martin: On the Meaning of Being

What is being? What is the meaning of the universe? What is the meaning of man? Dr. Regis Martin, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “Witness to Wonder: The World of Catholic Sacraments,” proposes that no religion has wrestled longer and with more seriousness with these ultimate questions than the Catholic Church.