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.

Karen Wood — America’s Obsession with Youth

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, discusses American’s obsession with youth in this excerpt from her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Karen Wood — The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, delivers her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

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. Andrew Sodergren — The Roles of Multiple Attachment Figures

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, explains why we need multiple attachments in this excerpt from the 2nd half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren — Learning How to Love: Attachment, Morality, and Psychotherapy (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, delivers the 2nd half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren — Love: Our Origin and End

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, discusses the role of love human psychology in this excerpt from the 1st half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren — Why Attachment Theory?

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, explains the importance of Attachment Theory in this excerpt from the 1st half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren — Learning How to Love: Attachment, Morality, and Psychotherapy (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, delivers the 1st half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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.

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 — 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. Alexander Sich — Natural Science and the Formation of Students

Dr. Alexander Sich, associate professor of physics here at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses the necessity for forming students with a firm grasp of natural science.

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.

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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.

Download the free handout: Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics

Dr. John Crosby — Metaphysics: Bridge between Science and Philosophy

Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville delivers his response to Dr. Benjamin Wiker’s presentation, “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?” The presentations were part of Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Benjamin Wiker — Four Proofs of a Designed Universe

Dr. Benjamin Wiker,  senior fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, speaks on “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Benjamin Wiker — Materialist Reduction of Reason: The Atheist’s Safety Net

Dr. Benjamin Wiker, senior fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology speaks on “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Mr. Mark Ryland — Three Case Studies in Design Theory

Mr. Mark Ryland, president and senior fellow, Institute for the Study of Nature, speaks on “A Response to: Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Jay W. Richards — Three Signs of Design from Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Jay W. Richards, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on“Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Jay W. Richards — Modern Science Ignores Aristotle

Dr. Jay W. Richards, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Alvin Plantinga — Refuting Naturalism by Citing our own Consciousness

Dr. Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, speaks on “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Alvin Plantinga — Religion and Science: Alleged Conflicts

Dr. Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, speaks on “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Daniel Kuebler — Darwinist Philosophy can’t survive in a world of Darwinian Science

Dr. Daniel Kuebler, professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “A Response to: The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Michael Behe — Random: A Carefully Selected Word

Dr. Michael Behe, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”.

Science and Faith: A Fresh Look

International scholars explore God and the universe at a recent conference held at Franciscan University.

Is the universe just a random assemblage of particles devoid of any ultimate meaning, or does it reveal a grander design and purpose? The answer to this profound question has implications for every aspect of human life, from politics to biology to moral theology. If we are accidental tourists adrift in an unwelcome cosmos, we are left to live however we see fit. If, on the other hand, we are designed and created for a purpose, there is a basic human desire not only to understand that purpose but to order our lives toward it.

What then does the scientific study of the universe reveal about purpose and design? Can what we learn about the structure of the universe inform our understanding of God? It was questions such as these that drew a group of international scholars to Franciscan University to participate in the University’s first Science and Faith Conference, December 2-3, 2012.

Read more at Franciscan Way.

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.

How Our Experiences Defy Materialism

Dr. John Bergsma, professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “A Response to: Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Evidence of Design is Easy to See

Dr. Michael Behe, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

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