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The Center for Ethics and Culture mourns the death of Peter Augustine Lawler of Berry College, who passed away on May 23, 2017. Lawler had been a frequent speaker and guest at Notre Dame events over the years, most recently in March 2016 when he presented on Walker Percy's Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book as part of the CEC's Catholic Culture Series.
Center director Carter Snead said, "The sudden loss of Peter Lawler is heartbreaking. He was, of course, a subtle, faith filled, and humane scholar, teacher, and voice in the public square. But most importantly, he was a great and irreplaceable friend to many of us at Notre Dame."
Read more about Professor Lawler and his legacy.
The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture awarded the 2017 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation at a Mass and banquet on April 29, 2017.
“Professor Lejeune’s great genius was the piercing quality of his vision, which saw in the weakest members of society nothing less than the reflection of the Creator,” said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. “For persons with Down syndrome and other genetic disabilities, this vision was, quite simply, transformative. Where once they were shunned, hidden away, and disinherited by a society that did not understand them, Lejeune’s discovery in 1958 of an extra chromosome on the twenty-first pair enabled this humble French doctor to bring his patients—his ‘little ones,’ as he called them—into the light.”
Pope Francis sent a message of blessing for the occasion. Read the full story and the Holy Father's greeting here.
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.
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".
2017 Football Tailgates
Saturday, Sept. 9
Saturday, Oct. 21
Save the date to join us for food, fellowship, and fun at a Center for Ethics and Culture Tailgate! We'll cheer on the Irish before two home games this year: September 9 (vs. Georgia) and October 21 (vs. USC). Details to come. We'll see you under the tent!