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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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

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.

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.

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