Fr. Joseph Koterski on philosophy

Here is a neat interview about philosophy in America magazine with UFL board member Fr. Joe Koterski, SJ. “Catholic Philosophy Today: 11 Questions for Joseph Koterski, S.J.

Beckwith on the Pope’s speech before Congress

Michael Foley and UFL member Frank Beckwith appeared on KCEN television to discuss the significance of the pope’s visit to the United States. Click here to access the video. There are several videos of the interview.

Petals in the Dust movie

At the 2013 Life and Learning Conference in San Francisco there was a presentation by Nyna Pais Caputi about a film she and her husband were producing about female infanticide and other abuses of women in India. The film has now been released. You can find out more about it at the Petals in the Dust web page.

Deception and pro-life work

Monica Migliorino Miller writes in Crisis, “Were Planned Parenthood Videos Produced Unethically,” a defense of David Daleiden against the accusation that the deception he and his team engaged in to gain the videos of Planned Parentood was immoral because it was lying, which is always wrong.

Contradictions in the Catholic position on abortion?

I ran across this quote on the BBC web page about Catholicism:

Research and publications from the Alan Guttmacher Institute in America illustrate some contradictions in the Catholic stance against abortion.

The evidence is as follows:

Catholic women in the United States are as likely as women in the general population to have an abortion, and 29% more likely than Protestant women.

Catholic countries, even where abortion is illegal, have high levels of abortions: in Brazil, the estimated number of abortions ranges from 1 million to 2 million per year and in Peru, 5% of women of childbearing age have abortions each year, compared to 3% in the United States.

64% of US Catholics disapprove of the statement that abortion is morally wrong in every case (Survey of 493 Catholics, designed by Lake Research and Tarrance Group, for US News & World Report, Sept. 1995, margin of error ± 4.5%.)

72% of Catholics in Australia say decisions about abortion should be left to individual women and their doctors. (Survey for Family Planning Australia and Children by Choice, Melbourne, AGB McNair, Aug. 1996.)

In other words, the evidence that there are contractions in the Catholic stance on abortion is that a lot of Catholics disagree with the teaching.  I fail to see how that is evidence of contradiction in the teaching unless the teaching includes a statement that most Catholics agree with the teaching.

It’s not. The teaching authority of the Church is not based on majority opinion.

Conley on Laudato Si and Integral Econology

UFL member Fr. John Conley, S.J. recently wrote a piece for America magazine called, “An Elusive Integral Ecology.” Conley discusses the approach to the environment that influenced Pope Francis in writing his encyclical, Laudato Si, addressing the relationship between the economy and ecology and the non-economic components of the ecology that focuses on human relations.