Bishop Mark Bartchak — Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching

Most Reverend Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, delivers his talk entitled “Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching: Principles, Spirituality, and Action.” Bishop Bartchak’s talk was given at the invitation of Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Social Justice

Dr. Paul Kengor, Executive Director of the Center for Vision and Values, briefly addresses the difference in public and private social justice.

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.

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.”

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