March for Life coverage

See the links below. I still find it hard to believe how the March is downplayed in places such as the New York Times. I looked through the Times this morning and found a half a sentence referring to the March. That phrase mentioned that there were “thousands” of people in attendance.

Richard M.

Cardinal O’Connor Conference speaker update

Here are some more details about the speakers at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life this Saturday at Georgetown.

  • Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston
  • Panel: “The End of Intelligent Debate”
    • Mona Charen, syndicated columnist and political analyst
    • Richard M. Doerflinger, Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    • Mary Hasson, EPPC Fellow
    • Father Joseph Koterski, Jesuit Priest of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus and philosophy professor at Fordham.
    • Father Stephen Fields, Associate Professor of Historical and Philosophical Theology at Georgetown University
  • Breakout Sessions
    • Stephen Fields, SJ, Associate Professor of Historical and Philosophical Theology at Georgetown:  “Why the Natural Law is Pro-Life”
    • Jennifer Lahl, founder and President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network: “The Ethics of the New Modern Family”
    • Vicki Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel and Executive Director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing: “The Biology of the Theology of the Body” and “There’s a Hole in My Soul”
    • Damon Clarke Owens, Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute: “Theology of the Body: Building a Culture of Awe and Wonder“
    • Elizabeth Yore, attorney and international child rights advocate: “Human Rights of Children: A Call to Action!”
    • Steven Mosher, internationally recognized authority on China and population issues: “There are Too Many People on This Planet. Not.”
    • Sr. Mary Gabriel, Sisters of Life: “The Life and Legacy of John Cardinal O’Connor”
    • Wayne Hipley, Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. William of York Church:  “Mercy and Forgiveness: A Life Issue Even for the Guilty”

“Fall” 2014 ProVita Online Newsletter!

Okay, so it is a little late, but the current issue of ProVita is now available for download from the UFL web page. It features a nice essay by Fr. John Conley, SJ on the role of the discipline of philosophy in pro-life academic work.

The theology of the body and reverence for life

UFL member Janet E. Smith has written an article for Our Sunday Visitor that highlights the connection between the theology of the body, sexuality and marriage, and reverence for new life. Our bodies, which are a gift from God, reveal that we are to be committed lovers who treasure new life God loves love; he loves marriage; he loves babies.

Speakers for O’Connor Conference

The speakers list is now posted for the 2015 Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life on January 24 at Georgetown University, in conjunction with the March for Life. The conference is co-sponsored by UFL.

The keynote speaker will be Cardinal Sean O’Malley, of Boston.

Among the other speakers will be:

  • Panel: “The End of Intelligent Debate”
    • Mona Charen, syndicated columnist and political analyst
    • Mary Hasson, EPPC Senior Fellow
  • Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network: “The Ethics of the New Modern Family


Beckwith website redesigned

Frank Beckwith has had his web page redesigned.  It features his writings on Law and Ethics and on Religion and Culture, as well as his contributions to reference works and his book review.