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CEC Cosponsors Annual Rimini Meeting

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Rimini Session

Carter Snead, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, and Mary O'Callaghan, CEC Public Policy Fellow, delivered presentations on the theme "Disability as a Resource" at the 37th annual Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples in Rimini, Italy, on August 22. More than 350 attendees from around the world gathered for Sunday's keynote session, which also included a special video interview with Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche movement, conducted by noted Italian journalist Maurizo Vitali.…

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ND Vita Institute Heads West

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Carter Snead At LA Vita

On July 22 & 23, the Center for Ethics and Culture presented a special Notre Dame Vita Institute for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the invitation of Archbishop José H. Gomez. More than 100 participants from across Southern California took part in the weekend at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, which was co-sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Life, Justice, and Peace. Sessions included presentations on the biological development of the unborn child from his or her earliest stages, legal issues surrounding abortion, physician-assisted suicide, federal policies toward embryonic stem cell research, analysis of popular philosophical arguments in support of abortion, and how to communicate the pro-life message across generations. Participants included nurses, doctors, college professors, priests, religious sisters, parish ministers, and pro-life advocates of all ages.…

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Public Policy Fellow: The Obama Administration Nullifies Conscience Rights

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

CEC Public Policy Fellow Richard Doerflinger published an op-ed decrying the Obama Administration for its failure to protect conscience rights for health care providers in accordance with its legal responsibility per the Weldon Amendment. Doerflinger writes,

Yet through a mangled interpretation of the statute—one that ignores its plain text and inserts qualifiers and exceptions nowhere found in that text—the administration manages to neutralize the statute. For good measure, it announces that this law, which was repeatedly signed and praised by President Obama, is probably unconstitutional—echoing an argument long advanced by pro-abortionists, but not accepted by any court.

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Director Snead's Response to Preliminary Injunction Blocking Implementation of Indiana HB 1337

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Carter Snead, director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and professor in the Notre Dame Law School, issued the following response to Thursday's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to issue a preliminary injunction against Indiana House Bill 1337, which prohibits abortion based on a diagnosis of disability, sex, race, or national origin. Professor Snead's statement follows:…

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Vita Institute 2016 Prepares Pro-Life Leaders

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Vita Carter

Current and future pro-life advocates and leaders from North America, South America, and Europe gathered on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for a week-long "pro-life boot camp" at the Center for Ethics and Culture's annual Vita Institute, June 18-25. Participants studied the fundamentals of life issues with world-renowned scholars across a wide range of disciplines including social science, biology, philosophy, theology, law, neonatology, and fertility counseling.…

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CEC Cosponsors Philosophy Workshop: "Aquinas on Politics"

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Philosophy Workshop Aquinas On Politics

The ND Center for Ethics and Culture is partnering with the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic & Dominican Institute to cosponsor the 6th Annual Philosophy Workshop, "Aquinas on Politics" at Mount Saint Mary College, June 2-5. Workshop faculty include regular CEC Fall Conference presenters Fr. Thomas Joseph White OP and Fr. Michael Sherwin OP, who will explore the thought of the Universal Doctor on civic life including the common good, the human family, natural rights, and the nature of justice. Participants will discuss St. Thomas's commentary on Aristotle's Politics

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CEC Director to Deliver Inaugural "Law & Justice Lecture" at University of Florence

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Law And Justice Flyer

On Monday, May 30, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Director and Professor of Law Carter Snead will deliver the inaugural University of Florence “Law and Justice Lecture” in Florence, Italy. The lectureship was established to provide the opportunity for internationally renowned scholars to engage in university-wide interdisciplinary dialogue on pressing matters of law and public policy. The honor also includes appointment as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Florence.…

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Disability and the Face of Mercy: Notre Dame Collaborates with Pontifical Council to Host Conference

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Seven Works Of Mercy Small

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and the Jacques Maritain Center at Notre Dame, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, are hosting a two-day colloquium on disability and mercy to take place in Rome, June 5–6, 2016. The colloquium will bring together theologians, scholars, historians, persons with disabilities, families, and intentional Christian communities for shared discussion about disability and the ways in which mercy, properly understood, requires friendship, communion, and a shared life with those who have disabilities.

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Congratulations to Sorin Fellows of the Class of 2016

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

2016 Sorin Fellows

Congratulations to the 13 Sorin Fellows who graduated this weekend as members of the Class of 2016! Through their affiliation with the Center for Ethics and Culture, these superb young alumni received mentorship, internships, and opportunities to deepen their understanding of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition and examine the many ways they can be brought to bear on pressing ethical issues in culture and public policy today.…

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Call for Papers: 17th Annual Fall Conference on the Catholic Imagination

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

You Are Beauty Postcard

The Center for Ethics and Culture invites scholars and artists to submit proposals for our Fall Conference, entitled "You Are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination." The 17th Annual Fall Conference will consider “aesthetic contemplation sublimated in faith” (“Letter to Artists,” Pope St. John Paul II), exploring the relationship between the imagination, beauty, truth, and religion in a variety of contexts, particularly the arts, philosophy, theology, political theory, and the sciences. The conference will take place at the University of Notre Dame, November 10 - 12, 2016.…

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Praise for CEC Fellow Richard Doerflinger as He Retires From USCCB

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Doerflinger

Richard Doerflinger, a Public Policy Fellow of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, retired at the end of April after 36 years as the associate director for pro-life activities and policy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In recognition of his role as a lifelong champion in defense of human life, Doerflinger was honored in 2011 with the first ever Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, and as a Public Policy Felllow he continues to serve as an expert on bioethical issues.

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Center Fellow Defends Abortion Protection Laws for Disabled Babies

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

EWTN Morning Glory logo

Center for Ethics and Culture Public Policy Fellow Dr. Mary O'Callaghan was a guest on EWTN's Morning Glory radio program on Friday, April 15, discussing abortion protection for babies receiving prenatal diagnoses of various disabilities. Such legislation is consistent with the protections guaranteed in the Americans with Disabilities Act, said O'Callaghan, the difference being that, "we're not just talking about failure to build a wheelchair ramp, we're talking about total exclusion from society, from life itself, based on a single characteristic of a child."…

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Margo Borders Receives Inaugural Polking Family Fellowship

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is excited to announce the first recipient of the new Polking Family Fellowship. Margo Borders will begin studies in Fall 2016 at Notre Dame Law School and serve as the inaugural Polking Fellow.

"The Polking Family Fellowship is awarded to select incoming law students that have shown a great deal of potential to develop as leaders who understand the connection between the law, public policy, and building a sustainable culture of life," said O. Carter Snead, Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture. "We are excited about what Margo will achieve in the coming years as our inaugural Polking Fellow. We believe that her work with the Center, its visiting fellows, its research, and its special events will serve to build a tremendous foundation for her professional career."…

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Little Sisters of the Poor Receive Evangelium Vitae Medal

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Ev2016 Carter Ryan Sister

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture bestowed the Evangelium Vitae Medal, the preeminent lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement, upon Mother Provincial Sister Loraine Marie Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor at a gala banquet on Saturday, April 9. More than 400 guests joined in the celebration, including many elderly residents from the St. Augustine Home in Indianapolis, one of 28 hospitality homes run by the Little Sisters across the United States.

"The Evangelium Vitae Medal recognizes those whose outstanding efforts have served to proclaim the Gospel of Life by steadfastly affirming and defending the sanctity of human life from its earliest stages until death," said Carter Snead, Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture. "That reverence for life is the cornerstone of the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who embody true compassion through their ministry to the more than 13,000 elderly people of every race and religion who live in their homes in 30 countries. They have given the world a powerful witness to the unique, inviolable dignity of every human person, demonstrating the radical solidarity and hospitality at the core of the Gospel of Life."

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Sorin Fellow Laura Wolk (L '16) Responds to Wendy Davis

Author: Center for Ethics and Culture

The Observer published an op-ed penned by CEC Sorin Fellow and Notre Dame Law student Laura Wolk (L'16), in which she responded to the recent on-campus lecture by former Texas state senator and abortion advocate Wendy Davis.

I want to speak to the passionate and eager women who attended last night’s talk, women genuinely seeking to understand how best to do good in the world. I want to tell you something that perhaps no one has yet had the courage to state bluntly and unapologetically: The message presented by Wendy Davis is an odious, pernicious lie, and you deserve better.

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Civility, Dialogue, and Catholic Mission: A Proposed Framework for Notre Dame

Author: Center for Ethics and Culture

Prompted by the recent public discussion surrounding the 2016 Laetare Medal, the following memorandum offers a possible framework for how Notre Dame might, in the future, promote civility in public life and engage in dialogue with public figures (including the President of the United States) with whom we have strong disagreements, while also bearing witness to all the goods at the core of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.

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