Kristan Hawkins: Pro-Life Activism: What You Can Do as a College Student RIGHT NOW!

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, delivers her talk entitled “Pro-Life Activism: What You Can Do as a College Student RIGHT NOW!” Ms. Hawkins’ talk was sponsored by the Students for Life Club at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

 

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Debra Facello, RN-BC, PhD: Attachment in Pregnancy and Birth

Debra Facello, RN-BC, PhD, Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers her talk entitled “Attachment in Pregnancy and Birth”. Ms. Facello’s talk was part of the Mother and Child Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Erika Bachiochi, JD, MA: On Vulnerability in the Mother-Child Dyad

Erika Bachiochi, JD, MA, Author of “Women, Sex, and the Church”, delivers her talk entitled “On Vulnerability in the Mother-Child Dyad”. Ms. Bachiochi’s talk was part of the Mother & Child Conference, sponsored by the Departments of Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Nursing, and the Center for Bioethics 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. 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.

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.

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.

Teresa Collett, JD — The Comstock Laws and Humanae Vitae

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, discusses the 1873 Comstock Act in this excerpt from 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, SJ — Karol Wojtyla’s Role in Humanae Vitae

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, discusses the pivotal role played by a Polish Cardinal in the formation of the document in this excerpt from 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.

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, SJ — 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.

Dr. Christopher Kaczor — Conscience and Its Threats

Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, discusses the current threats to the consciences of healthcare workers.  Dr. Kaczor is the author of several books, including “The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church” and “The Ethics of Abortion.”

Watch the full talk here: Defending Rights of Conscience for Healthcare Workers.

Dr. Christopher Kaczor — Arguments for the Protection of Conscience

Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, discusses reasons that conscience protections need to be codified.  Dr. Kaczor is the author of several books, including “The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church” and “The Ethics of Abortion.”

Watch the full talk here: Defending Rights of Conscience for Healthcare Workers.

Dr. Christopher Kaczor — Defending Rights of Conscience for Healthcare Workers

Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, discusses the nature of conscience and gives his reasons about why the conscience rights of healthcare workers need to be preserved.  Dr. Kaczor is the author of several books, including “The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church” and “The Ethics of Abortion.”

Dr. Philip Sutton — Current Mainstream Misconceptions of People with Same-Sex Attraction

Dr. Philip Sutton, a practicing psychologist, debunks some popular misconceptions about same-sex attraction in this excerpt from his talk “Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction.”

Watch the full talk here: Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction.

Dr. Philip Sutton — Experiences and Perceptions Associated with Same-Sex Attraction

Dr. Philip Sutton, a practicing psychologist, explains some common experiences shared among persons with same-sex attraction in this excerpt from his talk, “Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction.”

Watch the full talk here: Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction.

Dr. Philip Sutton — Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction

Dr. Philip Sutton, a practicing psychologist, discusses the role of professional counselors in caring for individuals with same-sex attraction.

August 2013 Show: “Catholics in a Post-Liberation World”

"Adam and Eve After the Pill"August 2013 Show: “Catholics in a Post-Liberation World”

With special guest Mary Eberstadt

Increased rates of abortion, adultery, sexually transmitted disease, and divorce are just a part of the sexual revolution’s ugly legacy in our culture. Why have Catholics bought into this legacy? And how can the Church help the culture chart a new course? Franciscan University Presents host Michael Hernon and Franciscan University theology professors Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn will discuss the fate and future of Catholics in a post-liberation world with Mary Eberstadt, author of Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.

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Lila Rose — The Gift of a Baby: The Dignity of a Person

Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action, talks to Franciscan University Students about human dignity.

Watch the full talk here: What Do You Know about Abortion and Eugenics?

Lila Rose — The Greatest Destroyer of Peace

Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action, quotes Mother Teresa and goes on to describe some of the findings of her organization’s research into abortion.

Watch the full talk here: What Do You Know about Abortion and Eugenics?

Lila Rose — What Do You Know about Abortion and Eugenics?

Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action, speaks to Franciscan University of Steubenville students about abortion and eugenics.

When Politicians Allow the Murder of Infants

By Dr. Anne Hendershott, Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville

Now that the verdict is in on Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist convicted of delivering live babies—most of them African American—and killing them, perhaps President Obama might finally be willing to respond to the horrific crime.  Silent on the facts of the case, it is curious why neither the President nor the First Lady have been willing to comment on the house of horrors Gosnell presided over.

Prior to the Gosnell case, President Obama was quite willing to involve himself in violent cases—especially when the cases involved African American children.  In the days following the death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was shot last year by a neighborhood watch captain in a gated community in Florida, President Obama told a gathering of reporters in the Rose Garden that “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” And, in a speech last month that addressed youth violence in Chicago, First Lady Michelle Obama compared herself to Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl murdered there: “Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.”

Read more at Crisis Magazine.

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 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.

Mary Eberstadt — Ozzie and Harriet: The Myth of the Sexual Revolution’s Permanence

Mary Eberstadt, author of “Adam and Eve After the Pill”, talks to Franciscan University students about the notion that the sexual revolution is irreversible. Eberstadt was on campus to speak on “The Myths of the Sexual Revolution” as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: Myths of the Sexual Revolution

Mary Eberstadt — Myths of the Sexual Revolution

Mary Eberstadt, author of “Adam and Eve After the Pill”, encourages Franciscan University students to debunk the popular cultural myths surrounding the sexual revolution.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC — The Holocaust of Abortion

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, the Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, discusses abortion. This is an excerpt from a talk Father Gaitley gave on campus on January 22, 2013, titled “Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told.”

Watch the full talk here: Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Dr. Helen Alvaré — Religious Freedom

Dr. Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason School of Law, addresses Religious Freedom after delivering the annual Henkels Lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Her talk, “Religious Freedom and Sexual Liberationism,” looked at how secular society’s interpretation of birth control, co-habitation, and abortion as the new norms has generated an incredible mistrust among the sexes.

Say No to Physician Assisted Suicide

Howard Ball’s lead essay on this issue is clear and helpful. Yet I think the term “Physician Assisted Death” is evasive and euphemistic. Physicians have for centuries helped patients to die—that is, to endure the process that ends in their death. The question is whether physicians should help them kill themselves—and whether the law should allow physicians to do so. Thus I will use the term Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS). This raises a moral question (Is PAS morally right?), and a legal question (Should PAS be against the law?).

Read more at Cato Unbound.

Richard Doerflinger — The Sweeping Consequences of the Contraceptive Mandate

Richard Doerflinger, associate director of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, came to Franciscan University to speak on “Freedom for me but not for Thee: How ‘Reproductive Rights’ is Threatening Freedom of Religion,” on October 24, 2012. This excerpt is on the sweeping consequences of the HHS contraceptives mandate. Doerflinger’s talk was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics.

Richard Doerflinger — Freedom for Me, but not for Thee

Richard Doerflinger, associate director of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, came to Franciscan University to speak on “Freedom for me but not for Thee: How ‘Reproductive Rights’ is Threatening Freedom of Religion,” on October 24, 2012. Doerflinger’s talk was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics.

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.

Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Dr. Marie Hilliard, as they discuss modern issues for faithful Catholics in the areas of healthcare and bioethics.

HANDOUT: Get Dr. Hilliard’s handout for this episode.

November 2012: “Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics” – Dr. Marie Hillard

November 2012 Show: “Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics”

With special guest Dr. Marie Hilliard

Blessed Pope John Paul II warned of the rapid spread of the culture of death, especially in the West. He also gave us a mission to live as witnesses to the gospel of life and help heal the culture. To do this more effectively, we must be well informed about vital Catholic issues in healthcare and bioethics.  Join us as we discuss this with Dr. Marie Hillard, director of Bioethics and Public Policy for the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

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Dr. Janet Smith — On Religious Freedom and the HHS Mandate

In Addition to speaking at our Defending the Faith conference this past summer, Dr. Janet Smith, chair of life ethics and professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, had a moment to sit down with us here at Franciscan University and reflect on Religious Freedom and the HHS Mandate.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Reagan’s Fight for Life

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks on President Ronald Reagan and his efforts in the defense of life.  His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Reagan and John Paul II: Best Friends

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks at Franciscan University of Steubenville on the relationship between Blessed John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how it led to the fall of Communism.  His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks on the life and times of Blessed Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, the collaboration and friendship between those men, and the difference it made for the world on issues such as Soviet Communism and defense of life. His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks on the life and times of Blessed Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, the collaboration and friendship between those men, and the difference it made for the world on issues such as Soviet Communism and defense of life. His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

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.

Dr. Stephen M. Krason — On Being an Informed Catholic Voter

Dr. Stephen Krason, Professor of Political Science at Franciscan University of Steubenville, sits down with us to speak on what it means to be an informed Catholic Voter.

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.

Dr. Helen Alvaré — The Church: Natural Enemy of Sexualityism

Dr. Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason School of Law, delivers the annual Henkels Lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville on March 23, 2012, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. This is an excerpt from her talk, “Religious Freedom and Sexual Liberationism,” looked at how secular society’s interpretation of birth control, co-habitation, and abortion as the new norms has generated an incredible mistrust among the sexes.

Dr. John Finnis — True Equality: Neither Socialist Nor Non-Discriminatory

A clip from “Equality and the Life Issues: A Scorecard” by Dr. John Finnis, Professor of Law at University College at Oxford and University of Notre Dame, given at Bioethics Conference sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville on March 26th, 2011.

Dr. John Finnis — Radical Capacities: A Litmus Test for Humanity

A clip from “Equality and the Life Issues: A Scorecard” by Dr. John Finnis, Professor of Law at University College at Oxford and University of Notre Dame, given at Bioethics Conference sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville on March 26th, 2011.

Dr. Helen Alvaré — In Defense of Life, Love, and Freedom

Religious liberty is a cherished American right. Today, that right finds itself in direct conflict with some people’s definition of human rights, such as the so-called “rights” to reproductive freedom and same-sex unions. Join us as we discuss this issue with Dr. Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law and a consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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Cardinal Burke — The Value of a Catholic Education

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal at the Apostolic Signatura, celebrated the 2011 Baccalaureate mass at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  In his homily, the Cardinal reflects on the conversion of St. Paul, the witness of love presented by St. Francis, and the Holy Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the believers, letting us pour out springs of living water into a thirsting world.  “Our Lord truly continues to meet us in the Church as he met Saul on the road to Damascus, and he gives us a mission in the world,” said the cardinal.  “Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into our souls by means of the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, and through the healing and strengthening of the grace of the Holy Spirit within us by means of the forgiveness of sins in the sacrament of penance, and the nourishment of the life of the Holy Spirit within our souls with the heavenly food of his true Body, Blood, soul and divinity in the sacrament of the holy Eucharist, our risen Lord, seated in glory at the right hand of the Father, is also truly with us.”

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