Daniel Mattson: Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay

Is God an ogre who wants gay people to suffer in lonliness? How is the dignity of being a child of God still evident in them? How does an evangelical in a same sex relationship end up reading John Paul II?

Daniel Mattson, Author of “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,” shares how his search for happiness led him through pornography and a same sex relationship to embracing chastity and the Catholic Church in his talk entitled “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay.” Mr. Mattson’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Sarah Swafford: Emotional Virtue

Dating is hard. In today’s world of social media it’s even harder. How do we deal with the emotional ups and downs of seeking a relationship in the era of social media?

Sarah Swafford, author of “Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships,” quotes one of the best pieces of advice she ever received, “You’re running around looking for someone to be your savior when you already have one,” and explains why a focus on seeking to grow in virtue, rather than being focused on our own happiness, is the key to finding happy and healthy relationships in her talk entitled “Emotional Virtue.” Ms. Swafford’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Janet Smith — The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Dr. Janet Smith, Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and author of “Why Humanae Vitae Was Right”, talks about the importance of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition as a tool for personal formation.

Barbara Nicolosi & Vicki Peterson: Being Catholic in Hollywood Today

Barbara Nicolosi, Founder and Chair Emeritus of ACT ONE, Inc., and Co-Founder of Catharsis, LLC, and Vicki Peterson, Scriptwriter and Co-Founder of Catharsis, LLC, share some insight about being a faithful Catholic in the modern film industry.

August 2014 Show: “Conversion and Deification”

St. Athanasius once wrote that the Son of God became man so we might become God.” What does that mean? And how does it affect the Christian’s pursuit of holiness?

Guest Father David Meconi, SJ, author and professor of early Christian history at St. Louis University, will answer those questions and more on the process of divine adoption in this lively discussion led by host Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement at Franciscan University, and panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn of Franciscan University’s Theology Department.

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Science & Faith Panel: Are We Machines? Has Modern Science Left Room for Personhood?

In this Panel Discussion, composed of Franciscan University Faculty, two opposing views are about the nature of man are presented. Are we mere biological machines? Or are we something more?

Presenting the secular materialist view will be:

Dr. Ed Kovach, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Dan Kuebler, Professor of Biology

Presenting the Catholic view will be:

Dr. Paul Symington, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Mike Sirilla, Associate Professor of Theology

This Panel Discussion was part of the Science and Faith Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

July 2014 Show: “Statecraft as Soulcraft”

Dr. Francis BeckwithDo Christians belong in the public square? Should we check our faith at the door of political discourse? Why do these questions matter in a free society?

Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement at Franciscan University, leads this timely discussion on statecraft as soulcraft with Dr. Francis Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University and author of Politics for Christians, and panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn of Franciscan University’s Theology Department.

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Dr. Francis Beckwith — Statecraft as Soulcraft

Do Christians belong in the public square? Should we check our faith at the door of political discourse? Why do these questions matter in a free society?

Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement at Franciscan University, leads this timely discussion on statecraft as soulcraft with Dr. Francis Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University and author of Politics for Christians, and panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn of Franciscan University’s Theology Department.

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Randy Lee — Thomas More, Dorothy Day, and Janis Joplin, and Religious Pluralism in America

Randy Lee, Professor of Law at Widener University Law School, delivers his talk entitled “Thomas More, Dorothy Day, and Janis Joplin, and the Search for Religious Pluralism in America.”  Professor Lee’s talk was part of the Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

June 2014 Show: “A Catholic Guide to Depression”

Dr. Aaron KheriatyHow can the saints, the sacraments, and psychiatry help break the grip of depression? What can friends and family members do for those struggling with depression?

Psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, author of The Catholic Guide to Depression, will offer many insights on understanding and overcoming the trial of depression in his discussion with host Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement, and theology panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn of Franciscan University. Download the free handout: “The Problem of Depression”

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR — More of You and Less of Me

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, Director of Post-Novitiate Formation for the Franciscan Third Order Regular, Sacred Heart Province, delivers his talk entitled “More of You and Less of Me”.  Fr. Pivonka’s talk was part of the Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Center for Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Paul Kengor — 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

Dr. Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, delivers his talk entitled “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative”.  Dr. Kengor’s talk was sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Emily Stimpson — Theology of the Body and Everyday Life

For over 30 years, Catholics have found in Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a guide for living the truth of the Church’s teachings on human sexuality. But what does the Theology of the Body have to do with the rest of life?

Learn the answer to that question and more as Emily Stimpson discusses her book, These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, with host Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement, and theology panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn of Franciscan University.

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Dr. Scott Hahn — Consuming the Word

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Donald Asci, and special guest Dr. Scott Hahn, as they discuss Dr. Hahn’s latest book, Consuming the Word.

Is Catholicism a religion of the Book or a religion of the Word? Is that Word a Page or a Person? Is the New Testament a Document or a Sacrament? Explore these questions and discover how the answers can enrich your Lenten journey on this episode of Franciscan University Presents.

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May 2014 Show: “Theology of the Body and Everyday Life”

Mike AquilinaWith special guest Emily Stimpson, author of “These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body”, as they discuss how John Paul II’s well-known writings can be applied to every aspect of our lives.

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April 2014 Show: “Transforming Witness: Marriage and the Early Church”

Mike AquilinaWith special guest Mike Aquilina, Executive Vice President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, as they discuss the roots of Christian marriage and its impact on society.

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March 2014 Show: “Consuming the Word”

Dr Scott HahnWith special guest Dr. Scott Hahn, as they discuss Dr. Hahn’s latest book “Consuming the Word”.

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Doug Keck — Faith and Media

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Doug Keck, President and COO of EWTN, as they discuss the modern media and how we can consume and create media while remaining faithful Catholics.

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January 2014 Show: “Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops Are Revitalizing the Catholic Church”

Dr Anne HendershottWith special guest Dr. Anne Hendershott, Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as they discuss Dr. Hendershott’s book “Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church”.

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Dr. Anne Hendershott — Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops Are Revitalizing the Catholic Church

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Dr. Anne Hendershott, Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as they discuss Dr. Hendershott’s book “Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church”.

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December 2013 Show: “Lumen Fidei and the Life of Faith”

Lumen Fidei and the Life of FaithWith special guest Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, as they discuss the first encyclical published by Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, and its impact on our daily lives.

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Father Sean O. Sheridan — Lumen Fidei and the Life of Faith

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, as they discuss the first encyclical published by Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, and its impact on our daily lives.

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The Christmas Miracle

I picture him as a tall Texan, his outsize appearance easily eclipsing everything in sight, save only the immense shrine that he and a busload of tourists have come to Rome to see.  And then, throwing up his hand at the end of an exhausting exploration of the world’s most beautiful basilica, I hear him asking the expert guide the one thing he’s come all this way to know:

How much does it weigh?

I love that story.  In fact, I imagine him wandering endlessly about the Eternal City in witless search of answers to all sorts of endearingly absurd questions.  The Coliseum, for instance, about which he would surely want to know, “Why wasn’t it finished?”  Or the Pantheon, whose opening in the ceiling would have utterly mystified him.  “What’s the point of a dome unless you’re going to close the freaking thing?”

As a species of reductionism, however, revealing the mindset of a man for whom the merit of anything can best be measured by the ton, it is priceless.  One thinks of C.S. Lewis skewering that fellow in one of his books because, in surveying the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, he can only imagine it as raw material for cornering the salt market.  Reductionism, as someone once said, is the sin of seeing the pearl as the oyster’s mistake.

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Rocco Buttiglione — A Note on Phenomenology

Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of Political Science at Saint Pius V University, gives a brief definition of phenomenology in this excerpt from his talk, “Beyond Descartes: Intersubjectivity as Ground of Knowledge of the Self”.  Mr. Buttiglione’s talk was part of the Annual Edith Stein Lecture Series, sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Rocco Buttiglione—Beyond Descartes: Intersubjectivity as Ground of Knowledge of the Self

Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of Political Science at Saint Pius V University, delivers his talk, “Beyond Descartes: Intersubjectivity as Ground of Knowledge of the Self”.  Mr. Buttiglione’s talk was part of the Annual Edith Stein Lecture Series, sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. D. Paul Sullins—Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research

Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Associate Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research”.  Fr. Sullins’ talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Maggie Gallagher—Marriages: The Challenges Ahead

Maggie Gallagher, author of the book “Debating Same-Sex Marriage”, discusses the challenges facing the defense of traditional marriage in this excerpt from her talk entitled “Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead”.  Ms. Gallagher’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Maggie Gallagher—Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead

Maggie Gallagher, author of the book “Debating Same-Sex Marriage”, delivers her talk entitled “Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead”.  Ms. Gallagher’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Karen Wood — America’s Obsession with Youth

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, discusses American’s obsession with youth in this excerpt from her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Karen Wood — The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, delivers her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

John Garvey — The Gift of the Holy Spirit as Con-natural

John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, describes the nature of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this excerpt from his talk, “John Henry Newman and Catholic Education”.  Mr. Garvey’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

John Garvey — John Henry Newman and Catholic Education

John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, delivers his talk, “John Henry Newman and Catholic Education”.  Mr. Garvey’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey — Liquid Modernity: A Result of Increasing Rates of Societal Change

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey, Professor of Sociology at Alverno College, discusses nnn in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture.”  Dr. Sharkey’s lecture was a part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Fr. David Meconi, S. J. — Christian Persecution in Rome

Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University, makes a distinction about the root of Roman persecution in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1700 Years Later”.  Fr. Meconi’s talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. David Meconi, S.J. — Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1700 Years Later

Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University, delivers his talk entitled “Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1700 Years Later”.  Fr. Meconi’s talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey — Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey, Professor of Sociology at Alverno College, delivers his talk entitled “Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture.”  Dr. Sharkey’s lecture was a part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Dr. John Haldane — Challenges to Finding a Common Human Experience

Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, discusses the difficulties people have in agreeing on the existence of a common human experience in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Three Perspectives on Human Life”.  Dr. Haldane’s lecture was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. John Haldane — Three Perspectives on Human Life

Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, delivers his talk entitled “Three Perspectives on Human Life”.  Dr. Haldane’s lecture was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Richard Fehring — Motivation and Technology Impacting NFP

Dr. Richard Fehring, Research Director and Professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, discusses the effects of motivation on the effectiveness of NFP and the use of technology to increase awareness of NFP in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning.”  Dr. Fehring’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

November 2013 Show: “Hispanic Catholics and the New Evangelization”

Abp-jose-GomezWith special guest, the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as they discuss the unique role that Hispanic Catholics have in the New Evangelization.

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Dr. Richard Fehring — Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning

Dr. Richard Fehring, Research Director and Professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, delivers his talk entitled “Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning.”  Dr. Fehring’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Inaugural Symposium Faculty RoundTable Discussion

This Faculty RoundTable Discussion was a part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

Dr. Michael J. Healy — The Value of Time

Dr. Michael J. Healy, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses Søren Kierkegaard’s view of time in this excerpt from his talk “Time and Oughtness in Kierkegaard.”  Dr. Healy’s talk was part of the “Philosophical Legacy of Søren Kierkegaard Lecture Series”.

Dr. Michael J. Healy — Time and Oughtness in Kierkegaard

Dr. Michael J. Healy, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk “Time and Oughtness in Kierkegaard.”  Dr. Healy’s talk was part of the Philosophical Legacy of Søren Kierkegaard Lecture Series.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan — The Personal Emphasis in Lumen Gentium

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America, discusses Lumen Gentium’s focus on Personhood in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II.”  Msgr. McPartlan’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan — Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II.”  Msgr. McPartlan’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II.

Teresa Collett, JD — Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, delivers her talk entitled “Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law.” Ms. Collett’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Peter Ryan — Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, delivers his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”. Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

John Paul II’s 1983 Visit to Poland: Anniversary Reflections

It was sixty years ago that the Hungarian émigré historian, John Lukacs, published his first book, The Great Powers and Eastern Europe, a masterful treatment of the subject, whose conclusion, including an elegy on the lost world he left behind, has haunted me for years.   Surveying the wreckage of that shattered and divided world, he declared that “only the magnetic force of a rejuvenated, remade, and truly united Western Europe, one that has recovered the erstwhile spiritual greatness of that Christian continent, can eventually develop enough attraction to penetrate the steely barriers separating the West from Eastern Europe’s modern police state.”

That was written in 1953, beneath the cloudless skies of the Eisenhower years, which means that thirty-five more years would need to elapse before the world could witness the final and conclusive collapse of the Soviet Empire in Europe.  It all started a quarter century ago, in other words, beginning with the so-called Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in November of 1989, which smashed the fist of the single-party Communist state, leaving the rest of us, especially those smugly ensconced amid the flesh pots of the capitalist West, in a state of stunned surprise.

How, we asked ourselves, could a people divided for more than forty years by such a massive and impregnable symbol of Soviet sanctioned oppression as the Iron Curtain, come suddenly together in spontaneous and joyous fashion to dance atop the ruins of the Berlin Wall?

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Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR — The Works of Mercy and St. Francis

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Co-Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, discusses the Franciscan charism of performing works of mercy, in this excerpt from his talk entitled “What to Do When Jesus is Hungry”.  Fr. Apostoli’s talk was part of the Missionary Outreach Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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