Dr. Anne Hendershott & James Hostetler: The Culture of Life in Your Vocation

Dr. Anne Hendershott, Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and James Hostetler, Lecturer for Political Science at Franciscan University of Steubenville, deliver their talks on the theme: “The Culture of Life in Your Vocation.” Dr. Hendershott and Mr. Hostetler’s talks were sponsored by the Students for Life Club at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Peter Colosi: Ratzinger, Habermas and Pera on Public Reason and Religion

Dr. Peter Colosi, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, delivers his talk entitled “Ratzinger, Habermas, and Pera on Public Reason and Religion”. Dr. Colosi’s talk was part of the “Must Morality Be Grounded in God?” Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Stephen Krason: Restoring Culture and American Principles: Social and Political Response

Stephen Krason, Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “Restoring Sound Culture and American Principles: The Different Dimensions of a Social and Political Response.” Dr. Krason’s talk was part of the Challenging the Secular Culture Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Father Frank Pavone — The Responsibilities of Catholics in Politics and the Pro-life Movement

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, delivers his talk, “The Responsibilities of Catholics in Politics and the Pro-Life Movement.” Fr. Pavone’s talk was sponsored by Young Americans for Freedom at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Kenneth L. Grasso — Articles to Kulterkampf: Catholicism, the HHS Mandate, Religious Pluralism

Dr. Kenneth L. Grasso, Professor of Political Science at Texas State University, delivers his talk entitled “From Articles to Kulterkampf: Catholicism, the HHS Mandate, and the Problem of Religious Pluralism in America.”  Dr. Grasso’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.

Dr. Robert George — The Nature and Basis of Religious Freedom

Dr. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University delivers his talk entitled “The Nature and Basis of Religious Freedom”.  Dr. George’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.

Buffalo’s New Bishop Confronts Politician’s Duplicity on Abortion

By Anne Hendershott

Faithful Catholics in Buffalo were discouraged to read in their local paper late last month that their allegedly pro-life Catholic senator Tim Kennedy (D-63rd District) intends to vote in favor of New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo’s expansion of abortion in the State.  Kennedy won his seat in 2010 by running as a pro-life candidate ousting then-Senator Bill Stachowski—a Democrat with a strong pro-life record.

Claiming that his position on abortion has “evolved” after much thought and prayer, Kennedy joins a long list of self-described Catholic politicians like Governor Cuomo himself who claim that they are “personally opposed to abortion,” yet would never stand in the way of those who choose abortion.

Read more at Crisis Magazine

Dr. Patrick Lee — Too Involved in Politics

Dr. Patrick Lee, Director of the Institute of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of “Abortion and Unborn Human Life”, discusses the misconception that people with religious beliefs should not have a voice in the creation of public policy.

The Supreme Court: Activism and Abdication

Serious Catholics and political conservatives since the 1950s have strongly criticized the Supreme Court for making public policy and acting as a kind of “super-legislature” to further a leftist socio-political agenda, instead of interpreting the law and judging. We have seen such judicial lawmaking on pornography, abortion, legislative reapportionment, sodomy laws, and the list could go on. While this has certainly been a valid and much-deserved ongoing criticism of the Court, cases in each of its last three terms indicate a new, contrary problem: over-deference to the political branches on both the federal and state levels.

In 2011, the Court decided the companion cases of Camreta v. Greene and Alford v. Greene, which concerned whether a child protective system (CPS) operative and a law enforcement official who backed him up could be sued under federal civil rights laws for an aggressive interrogation of a nine-year-old girl—which under international norms possibly constituted psychological torture—to get her to say that her father abused her. Along with many other organizations, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the girl’s claim (I drafted the brief), mostly because we wanted to focus the Court’s attention—as we tried to do over a decade before in the important parental rights case of Troxel v. Granville—on the CPS’s systemic misconduct that in one article I called “a grave threat to the family.”

Read more at Crisis Magazine

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — A Healthy Patriotism

Jeff Fortenberry, the Republican Congressman of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives, speaks about “A Healthy Patriotism” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: Protecting Our Religious Freedom.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — The Government Can’t Fix All Problems

Jeff Fortenberry, the Republican Congressman of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives, speaks about “The Government Can’t Fix All Problems” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: Protecting Our Religious Freedom.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — Reflections on Normandy

Jeff Fortenberry, the Republican Congressman of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives, speaks about “Reflections on Normandy” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: Protecting Our Religious Freedom.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — Protecting Our Religious Freedom

Jeff Fortenberry, the Republican Congressman of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives, speaks about “Protecting Our Religious Freedom” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Dr. Patrick Lee — Pro-Life Voting

Dr. Patrick Lee, Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, addresses the issue of Pro-Life voting and its priority.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Approaching the Voting Booth

Dr. Paul Kengor, Executive Director of the Center for Vision and Values, says the results of elections are in our own hands.

A Call for Witnesses

Father Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University, speaks on the obligations of Christians to be a witness of the faith to the world, including through active participation in political life. Father Henry delivered this homily at the closing Mass of this year’s Defending the Faith Conference.

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.

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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