Dr. Derek Doroski: The Culture of Life in Your Vocation

Dr. Derek Doroski, Associate Professor of Biology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “The Culture of Life in Your Vocation.” Dr. Doroski’s talk was sponsored by the Students for Life Club at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Priest treks across U.S. on pro-life pilgrimage

By Emily Stimpson.

Father Dan Pattee spent his summer spreading Gospel of Life and witnessing firsthand the devastation of abortion.

Rising at dawn and offering Mass is nothing out of the ordinary for any priest. Walking 30-plus miles after the Mass, across America’s highways and byways with a bunch of college students, however, is a little less ordinary — unless you’re Father Dan Pattee.

In the summer of 2012, Father Pattee, a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, teamed up with Crossroads for the second time (the first was in 2007), and walked across America, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on a pro-life pilgrimage.

Read more at Our Sunday Visitor.

The Case Against Pro-Life Physicians

Franciscan University biology professor Dr. Daniel Kuebler says the bias against pro-life medical students begins with the first interview for medical school.

Imagine yourself, a senior in college, sitting in the middle of your dream medical-school interview. Because you have done your homework, the interview is going exceedingly well. You seem to have established a rapport with the interviewer, and your answers are crisp, clear and intelligent. It’s going so well that you are starting to feel confident regarding your chances of gaining admission.

That is, until the interviewer hits you with this question: “Suppose a young pregnant woman and her boyfriend come to you seeking an abortion. What would you do?”

What would you do? How would you answer? For pro-life medical-school candidates, there is only one answer: You counsel the couple not to have an abortion. The problem is that, in some cases, this answer could ruin the candidate’s chance of admission.

It is routine for medical-school admission interviews to include open-ended questions on ethical issues. Primarily, these questions are included in the process to see if students can articulate clearly and defend adequately their thoughts on complex issues. If this were the sole reason for their inclusion, questions about abortion and abortion access could play a legitimate role in the interview process. But that is often not the intent of such questions.

Read more at NCRegister.com.

Obamacare Overreaches on HHS Mandate

 A Catholic biologist weighs in on what is wrong about one aspect of the federal healthcare mandate.

It’s an understatement to say that the Obama administration’s announcement that it will require all health-care plans to include free coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs (abortifacients) and sterilizations did not go over as smoothly as planned.

While the new rule is similar to provisions already in place in 28 states, the administration distinguished itself by failing to include an adequate religious exemption.

As a result, Catholic charities, colleges and hospitals will be required to provide services that violate their religious beliefs.

The lack of a real religious exemption triggered a wave of backlash that appeared to catch the administration by surprise.

Opposition from many religious circles was to be expected, but the fact that publications such as USA Today and The Washington Post came out in opposition to the lack of a religious exemption could not have been anticipated.

Caught in a firestorm of controversy, the Obama administration tried to wordsmith its way out of the mess.

Read more at NCRegister.com.

Master’s Program Commencement Address

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) MA ‘96 received an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University at the 2011 commencement for graduate students.  In his address, he exhorts the graduate students to use their education for the betterment of their community and nation.  “Politics is downstream from the culture,” said Rep. Fortenberry, and the culture of death erodes our country since “the strength of a nation depends upon the strength of the family….Where do you want to live?  What sort of community do you want to live in?  Pray for that place, work for that place, fight for that place.”

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Government Comes from Culture, Not Culture from Government

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) MA ‘96 received an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University at the 2011 commencement for graduate students.  In his address, he exhorts the graduate students to use their education for the betterment of their community and nation.  “Politics is downstream from the culture,” said Rep. Fortenberry, and the culture of death erodes our country since “the strength of a nation depends upon the strength of the family….Where do you want to live?  What sort of community do you want to live in?  Pray for that place, work for that place, fight for that place.”

Watch the full talk here: Master’s Program Commencement Address.

How Re-Defining Marriage Harms Society

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. In her talk, Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?”,  she explained that “Children are ordinarily entitled to a relationship with both of their parents… This is justice for the child.  And every child has a legitimate interest in the stability of their parents’ union…The stability of the parents’ union is the ordinary way for the child to have a relationship with both of them.”  Said Dr. Morse, “Marriage is adult society’s proactive way of protecting the legitimate interests of children, interests which children cannot protect on their own.”

The Essential Public Purpose of Marriage

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. In her talk, “Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?”, she explained that “Children are ordinarily entitled to a relationship with both of their parents… This is justice for the child.  And every child has a legitimate interest in the stability of their parents’ union…The stability of the parents’ union is the ordinary way for the child to have a relationship with both of them.”  Said Dr. Morse, “Marriage is adult society’s proactive way of protecting the legitimate interests of children, interests which children cannot protect on their own.”

Franciscan, Ave Maria, and Obamacare

Two Catholic universities’ decisions to drop student health-care plans show Obamacare’s long-term goal: Force Americans to choose government-subsidized plans over no insurance at all.

Two Catholic universities, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Ave Maria University, recently announced that they will drop their student health-care plans for the coming year. The schools also announced that they will no longer require students to have health insurance.

Given the giant range of institutions and people affected by Obamacare and its mandates, the impact of this decision by two universities, each with less than 3,000 students, may seem small. But it is not the scope of impact that matters so much as the broader problem the decision highlights. Two federal regulations that pushed Franciscan and Ave Maria to drop student health-care plans indicate quite clearly what will happen if Obamacare is allowed to stand: More Americans will become uninsured unless they transition into government-subsidized healthcare plans.

Read more at The Public Discourse.

Marriage and Procreation: The Intrinsic Connection

There is an intrinsic link between marriage and procreation, but this does not mean that infertile couples cannot really be married.

By Dr. Patrick Lee, the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville;
Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University; and
Dr. Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Activists seeking to redefine marriage typically claim that it is unfair—even arbitrary—for law and public policy to continue to honor the historic understanding of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. Believing that marriage has a degree of malleability that our legal tradition has heretofore failed to recognize, they maintain that “excluding” same-sex partners from marriage violates a moral right possessed by every individual to marry a person of one’s choice (with that person’s consent). Defenders of conjugal marriage reply (in part) that marriage is not malleable in the ways that their opponents suppose.

Read article at The Public Discourse.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — Master’s Program Commencement Address

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) MA ‘96 received an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University at the 2011 commencement for graduate students.  In his address, he exhorts the graduate students to use their education for the betterment of their community and nation.  “Politics is downstream from the culture,” said Rep. Fortenberry, and the culture of death erodes our country since “the strength of a nation depends upon the strength of the family….Where do you want to live?  What sort of community do you want to live in?  Pray for that place, work for that place, fight for that place.”

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

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