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  • Evangelium Vitae 2017

    Evangelium Vitae 2017

    The 2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal for heroes of the pro-life movement will go to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. RSVP to join us for the celebration on April 29, 2017.

    Learn more about this event.

  • Under Caesar's Sword

    Under Caesar's Sword

    Around the world, Christians are brutally persecuted for their faith. How do they respond? What is to be done? Join us for a one-day symposium on April 20, 2017 at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

    Learn more about the symposium.

  • Vita Institute 2017

    Vita Institute 2017

    Our ND Vita Institute alumni form the leadership of the most influential pro-life organizations around the world.This summer's session takes place June 9-17, 2017.

    Learn more about the Vita Institute.

  • Economics & Catholic Social Teaching

    Economics & Catholic Social Teaching

    The Center is cosponsoring an introduction to Catholic Social Thought for graduate students and faculty in economics and finance, hosted in Rome May 22-26, 2017.

    Learn more about the seminar.

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CEC Director Carter Snead Explains the Guiding Vision of the Center

In a letter to the editor published by the ND-SMC Observer, director Carter Snead described the vision that informs the work of the Center for Ethics and Culture. Writing in response to a previously published op-ed penned by a Notre Dame alumnus, Professor Snead wrote,

The Center for Ethics and Culture takes seriously the capacious nature of Catholic social teaching across the spectrum of human issues. We understand that all our work and thinking should be animated by a commitment to radical hospitality, human dignity, solidarity and the common good. We know that this calls us to speak out in defense of the unborn child, the refugee, the undocumented immigrant, the poor and the disabled. We believe that our work reflects this commitment.

"We welcome everyone of good will who shares our love of civil discourse, Notre Dame, the Church and its much-needed countercultural teachings on human dignity and the common good," Snead concluded. Read the entire letter to the editor at the NDSMC Observer website.


CEC-Sponsored African Theology Conference Draws Extensive Media Coverage

Writing at the conclusion of an article about Christian persecution, noted Catholic journalist John Allen previewed the coverage that his website, Crux, was going to offer regarding the African Christian Theology conference sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture:

Crux is planning to be all over the conference from beginning to end. In part, that’s because it will be a cross-section of heavy-hitters from the African church such as Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria; Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, who heads the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Integral Human Development; and Cardinal Laurent Monsengo of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a member of the pope’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers.

In part, too, we’re going to be approaching this like it’s the Super Bowl because Africa is the zone of Catholicism’s greatest growth today, and because the last two Synods of Bishops have reminded us that the African bishops are now protagonists, not just junior partners, in Catholic affairs.

Crux published more than 21 articles while covering the conference from the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome. Read Crux's coverage at their page devoted to the conference, "An African Moment in Rome".


RSVP for the Evangelium Vitae Medal Mass & Dinner

The Center for Ethics and Culture will present the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, the nation's most important lifetime achievement award for heroes in the pro-life movement, to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation at a Mass and Dinner on April 29, 2017. “Professor Lejeune was a man of great faith, a brilliant geneticist, and a prophetic voice on behalf of people who suffer from intellectual disabilties,” said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

Read more about the event and RSVP here.


In Memoriam: Michael Novak

The Center for Ethics and Culture lost a wonderful friend upon the death of author, journalist, diplomat, and philosopher Michael Novak on February 17, 2017. "Michael was a kind man and influential Catholic thinker whom our undergraduate and graduate Sorin Fellows loved to be around," said CEC Director Carter Snead. "We are grateful for his support and encouragement over the years. May he rest in peace."

Read more about Mr. Novak and his legacy.


CEC Director Praises Pro-Life Legacy of US Rep. Henry Hyde

In a featured article in the January 2017 issue of Columbia Magazine, CEC Director Carter Snead profiled the late US Representative Henry Hyde, a bipartisan lawmaker and pro-life champion who represented the state of Illinois from 1975-2007. "It is no exaggeration to say that the late U.S. Representative Henry J. Hyde was the greatest American champion in the most important human rights struggle of our time – namely, the fight for equal justice under law for the unborn child," writes Snead.

Read Professor Snead's profile of Rep. Hyde.

Upcoming Events

Christian Persecution: What Is To Be Done?

Thursday, April 20
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Under Caesars Sword altar cross

This one-day symposium will feature the launch of the Under Caesar's Sword Project report, In Response to Persecution. How do Christians respond to persecution? How can the rest of the world exercise solidarity with them? This day-long public symposium will propose concrete recommendations for action in response to these questions. More details on the UCS page.