Dr. Melissa Moschella: Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

Dr. Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, delivers a presentation on the Conjugal View of Marriage in response to the new book “Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters” by Dr. Patrick Lee and Dr. Robert George. Dr. Moschella’s talk was sponsored by the Bioethics Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Patrick Lee

Dr. Deborah Savage

Dr. Kevin Miller: Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

Dr. Kevin Miller, Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, talks about Marriage in response to the new book “Conjugal Union: What It Is and Why It Matters” by Dr. Patrick Lee and Dr. Robert George. Dr. Miller’s talk was sponsored by the Bioethics Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Other Talks about Marriage in response to the new book “Conjugal Union: What It Is and Why It Matters”:
Dr. Patrick Lee

Dr. Patrick Lee: Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

Dr. Patrick Lee, John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers a presentation on the nature of marriage in light of his new book, “Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters”, co-authored with Dr. Robert George. Dr. Lee’s talk was sponsored by the Bioethics Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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James Kalb: The Challenge Goes Deep

James Kalb, author of “The Tyranny of Liberalism” and “Against Inclusiveness”, delivers his talked entitled “The Challenge Goes Deep.” Mr. Kalb’s talk was part of the Challenging the Secular Culture Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Policy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Jason Evert — “How to Save Your Marriage…Before You Meet Your Spouse”

Jason Evert, author of “How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul”, delivers his talk entitled “How to Save Your Marriage… Before You Meet Your Spouse”. Mr. Evert’s talk was sponsored by the Department of Student Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Patrick Lee — The “No Harm” Argument for Gay Marriage

Dr. Patrick Lee, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of “Abortion and Unborn Human Life”, responds to the argument that legalizing homosexual marriage does no harm to heterosexual marriage.

Dr. Patrick Fagan — Marriage and Family

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, discusses the importance of marriage and family to any society.

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons — Selfishness

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, Director of the Institute for Marital Healing, discusses one of the biggest threats to our relationships: selfishness.

Dr. Patrick Lee — Why Privatizing Marriage Doesn’t Work

Dr. Patrick Lee, Director of the Franciscan University Institute of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy, explains why the argument that government should not be involved in marriage at all will not work.

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons — Marital Healing

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, Director of the Institute for Marital Healing, discusses some of the root causes of damaged marriages and describes some steps to take towards healing.

Dr. Donald Asci — The Value of Marriage to Society

Dr. Donald Asci, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, describes the role of marriage as a positive force in society.

Dr. Mark Regnerus — What Sexual Behavior Patterns Reveal about the Mating Market and Catholic Thought

Dr. Mark Regnerus, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin,  delivers his talk entitled “What Contemporary Sexual Behavior Patterns Reveal about the Mating Market and Catholic Thought”.  Dr. Regnerus’s talk was part of the Science and Faith series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Donald Asci — The Catholic Church’s View of Marriage

Dr. Donald Asci, Theology Professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, talks about why the Catholic Church holds the institution of marriage in high esteem.

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.

Dr. John Bergsma — Marriage in the Beginning, Middle, and End of the Bible

Dr. John Bergsma, Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, talks about “Marriage in the Beginning, Middle, and the End of the Bible” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Dr. John Bergsma — Marriage is an Icon of God’s Relationship to Humanity

Dr. John Bergsma, Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, talks about “Marriage is an Icon of God’s Relationship to Humanity” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Dr. Scott Hahn — Courtship, Engagement and Marriage: A Model for the New Evangelization

Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks about “Courtship, Engagement and Marriage: A Model For the New Evangelization” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Watch the full talk here: The Evangelical Catholic Moment?: The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization.

Kimberly Hahn — Understanding Marital Leadership

Kimberly Hahn, author of the Life Nurturing Love series, speaks on “Understanding Marital Leadership” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage.

Kimberly Hahn — How to Dance

Kimberly Hahn, author of the Life Nurturing Love series, speaks on “How to Dance” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage.

Kimberly Hahn — Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage

Kimberly Hahn, author of the Life Nurturing Love series, speaks on “Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch Dr. Scott Hahn’s response: Response to Kimberly Hahn’s “Chosen and Cherished.”

Memo to Lady Gaga: “Born This Way” Doesn’t Mean “Act This Way”

It remains unclear whether sexual orientation is genetically determined. Even if it is, that doesn’t justify advocacy for same-sex marriage.

A growing laissez-faire libertarian attitude toward social issues among Americans is arguably the most important weapon available to same-sex marriage advocates. Certainly there are LGBT militants with unwavering commitment to the issue, but the vast majority of those who “support” same-sex marriage can hardly be said to support anything. They just have a hard time saying no. They much prefer the sanitary hands off approach—let them live out their sexuality as long as I don’t have to get involved.

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The Right to Redefine Marriage?

The main argument proposed by those seeking to redefine marriage so that same-sex couples can be legally declared married is that homosexual persons are being unjustly denied a fundamental right. Everyone has a fundamental right to marry — the argument goes — but homosexuals are denied this right.

But this argument simply begs the question; it presupposes a particular — and false — answer to the question: What is marriage? A right to marry does not give people the right to compel everyone else to treat an entirely different kind of relationship they might have as if it were marriage.

Dr. Patrick Fagan — The Two Models of Society

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, contrasts a Christian Model of Society with a Planned Parenthood model of society.

This is an excerpt from the talk Dr. Fagan gave at Franciscan University of Steubenville on February 19, 2013. His talk, “The Vocation of Marriage and its Contribution to Society,” was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: The Vocation of Marriage and its Contribution to Society

Dr. Patrick Fagan — The Foundational Relationship for All of Society

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, presents convincing data that the strength of a society depends on the strength of its marriages.

This is an excerpt from the talk Dr. Fagan gave at Franciscan University of Steubenville on February 19, 2013. His talk, “The Vocation of Marriage and its Contribution to Society,” was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: The Vocation of Marriage and its Contribution to Society

Equality and Redefining Marriage

Dr. Patrick Lee, the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, talks about what marriage is, essentially, and why it is not unjust discrimination to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Dr. Patrick Fagan — The Vocation of Marriage and its Contribution to Society

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, speaks to Franciscan University students on the role that marriage plays in society.

Dr. Fagan gave this talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville on February 19, 2013, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

God Loves Marriage and Children: The 27th Week of Ordinary Time

The Readings for this Sunday provide the homilist with an ideal opportunity to teach Christian doctrine concerning marriage and children.  The opportunity is timely, too, as one of our political parties has taken an official stand supporting “same-sex marriage,” an arrangement that is not intrinsically related to the birth and rearing of children, does not provide the same benefit to society as true marriage, and can never be as optimal for the well-being of children as to be raised by their own biological father and mother.  In the midst of the confusion about the very nature of marriage and its purpose, these Readings shed the light of God’s revelation on how we should live this most intimate aspect of our lives.

What God Has Joined: Reflections on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.

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.”

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.

Dr. John Bergsma — “Preacher Jailed for Speaking Out on Marriage”: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

 

This Sunday we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, a great saint and biblical character who led a very difficult life and ministry.

In hindsight, the conflict that led to his demise and death has a strangely modern ring to it: he was jailed by Herod Antipas for speaking out on marriage (Mark 6:17-18).

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