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Little Sisters of the Poor to Receive 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal

Author: Center for Ethics and Culture

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The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Little Sisters of the Poor and their Mother Provincial, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire.

“For more than 175 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have dedicated their lives to humble service of the most vulnerable among us,” said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. “Their work and witness embody the goods at the heart of the Evangelium Vitae Medal. Their unwavering defense of the unborn in the HHS mandate litigation, alongside their longstanding work to care for the elderly poor, offers a beautiful and powerful witness to the unique, inviolable dignity of every person, from conception to natural death. Their work is a testament to the radical solidarity and hospitality at the core of the Gospel of Life.”

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Center Cosponsors Papal Pilgrimage for 500 Notre Dame Students

Author: Center for Ethics and Culture

The Center was pleased to cosponsor the Papal Pilgrimage made by more than 500 students, faculty, and staff from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross to see Pope Francis and participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia September 26-27. Senior Sorin Fellow Michael Infantine spoke with Associate Director Ryan Madison about this historic visit.

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In Memoriam: Amy A. Kass

Author: Center for Ethics and Culture

The Center for Ethics and Culture mourns the loss of Amy A. Kass, brilliant teacher and beloved friend, who passed away on Wednesday. CEC public policy fellow Yuval Levin remembers her in a tribute at National Review:

Amy Kass, who died yesterday after a long and courageous struggle with cancer, was without a doubt the best teacher I ever saw in action. What she did so masterfully was, in a sense, simple: She would throw a great work of fiction in front of a group of eager, overconfident students, invite them to open it up and turn it over and over together, and then gradually help them discover that it had actually opened them instead.

Read the rest here. The Center offers its deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. 

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Center Director Carter Snead: 'It's time to defund Planned Parenthood'

Author: Center for Ethics and Culture

In an op-ed for Fox News, Center Director Carter Snead responded to the recent videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood executives are filmed discussing compensation for fetal organs harvested after an abortion.

"The American people should be thankful for Dr. Nucatola’s and Gatter’s words, and even for the coarse and graphic manner in which they were delivered," he said. 

"In doing so, they offered a rare glimpse of the horrible truth about the nature and human cost of Planned Parenthood’s work. Thanks to them, Planned Parenthood’s slick corporate image as merely an altruistic defender of women’s health is shattered. Having its true face revealed, the path forward is clear. No minimally decent society can support an organization whose business is killing and harvesting body parts for money. Defund Planned Parenthood now."

Read the rest at FoxNews.com.

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Director Carter Snead Joins Top European Policymakers in Croatia to Discuss Bioethics and the Future of Europe

Author: Stephen Freddoso

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Late last month, Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, traveled to Croatia to deliver a lecture at "Kulfest: A Festival of Progressive Culture," cosponsored by NGOs Vigilare and the Centarza Obnovu Kulture.

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Center Faculty Advisory Committee Member Francesca Murphy on Notre Dame's Curriculum Review

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Over at First Things, Center Faculty Advisory Committee member Francesca Murphy has published a piece regarding Notre Dame's current curriculum review and the perils of goal-based education.

"Faculty often quarrel over curricula. That’s as it should be. A curriculum, especially its core courses required of all students, is an educational institution’s constitution. To tell a young person he must take this or that course announces a university’s highest priorities. This makes a curriculum review a battlefield. At the University of Notre Dame we are presently conducting such a review, and a hot point for debate is whether the university should maintain its requirement of two theology and two philosophy courses. This requirement has long been thought essential to the Catholic mission of Notre Dame. But the “two theology, two philosophy” requirement may not survive this round of curriculum revision."

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Undergraduate Sorin Fellow Reflects on Center Medical Ethics Conference in Rome

Author: Stephen Freddoso

The following article was written by Center Sorin Fellow Lauren Saunee, who participated in the Center's Medical Ethics Conference in Rome over Spring Break. Lauren is a freshman majoring in science preprofessional studies with a minor in Catholic Social Teaching. She plans to attend medical school after her graduation. This piece originally appeared in the ND campus newspaper, the Irish Rover

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Director Reflects on ND's Pro-Life Witness

Author: Stephen Freddoso

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Below is a piece by Center Director Carter Snead. It was originally published on Public Discourse.

One of the most iconic images from Notre Dame’s storied history is a July 1964 photograph of Father President Theodore Hesburgh standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Rev. Martin Luther King at Chicago’s Soldier Field, singing “We Shall Overcome.” The photograph perfectly captures what Notre Dame aspires to be—not merely a world-class community of learning and research, but also, as its founder Father Sorin wrote, “a great force for good in the world” animated by the truths affirmed by the Catholic Church regarding the inalienable and equal dignity of every member of the human family. The image is so powerful because it shows that on that summer day in 1964 it was not merely Father Hesburgh (formidable though he was and continues to be) but the University of Notre Dame—the most important Catholic university in the world—standing in solidarity with our oppressed and marginalized brothers and sisters in their struggle for civil rights.…

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Nobel Laureate James Heckman, Cardinal Müller Headline Fall Conference on Poverty

Author: Stephen Freddoso

A Nobel laureate and the Vatican’s leader on Church doctrine were just two of the more than 60 distinguished scholars and 600 guests who gathered at Notre Dame for the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 15th Annual Fall Conference (October 30–November 1), an event that opened with a personal greeting from Pope Francis.…

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Center Sponsors Student Internship at the Vatican

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Over the summer, the Center sponsored an internship at the Vatican for Steven Waldorf, a Notre Dame graduate student. He describes his experience below:

"This summer, I worked as an intern in the Patrons of the A

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rts Office in the Vatican Museums.  The Patrons Office raises funds for the restoration and conservation of pieces housed in the collections of the Vatican Museums, including for high-profile restoration projects such as the lateral walls of the Sistine Chapel, the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, and the frescoes in the Pauline Chapel.  As an intern at the Patrons Office, I researched philanthropic foundations to which the Vatican Museums can apply for grants to assist with covering the cost of restoration work.  I also assisted the director of the Patrons Office, Rev. Mark Haydu, LC, with the editing of his upcoming book on the depiction of angels in Vatican art. The opportunity to serve the Church by working at the Patrons Office is a great blessing, and I am most grateful for the support of the Center for Ethics and Culture in making my participation in the internship program possible."…

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Director Carter Snead on Hobby Lobby Ruling

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Below is a statement from O. Carter Snead, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, regarding today's Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

"Today’s Supreme Court opinion in Hobby Lobby is a strong and welcome affirmation that the faithful do not lose the protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act simply because they choose to exercise their religion through a closely held for-profit business. …

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Professor Snead to Deliver Presentation at National Right to Life Convention

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Come hear Center Director Carter Snead's plenary address on the first day of the National Right to Life's Annual Convention this week at the historic Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky! The convention will take place from Thursday, June 26, through Saturday, June 28.

On June 26, at 12:45 p.m., Professor Snead will give a featured presentation entitled "The Lessons of Fetal Pain and the Duty to Protect Unborn Children." Read his related remarks

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Center Leads on Notre Dame Day

Author: Angela Bermudez

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to vote for the Center for Ethics and Culture on Notre Dame Day. Because of your help, the Center finished at the top of the leaderboard for Centers and Institutes, and ranked in the top ten overall!…

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