UFL in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars proceedings

I just received in the mail the proceedings from the 2013 convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Freedom and the Moral Law, held in Philadelphica, PA.  It contained pieces by three UFL members: “HHS Mandate Litigation: A Supreme Court Showdown in the Making,” by William Saunders; “Exploring the Christological Nexus between the Ascetical Life and the Moral Life,” by Rev. Thomas V. Berg; and “Veritatis Splendor: A Prototype of Renewed Moral Theology,” by Rev. John J. Conley, S.J.

Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference at Georgetown

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists announces that registration is open for its Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference at Georgetown in February 2015.  Please see:


Grondelski interview with Jennifer Lahl

UFL member John M. Grondelski (moral theology) recently interviewed Jennifer Lahl about her three documentaries on artificial reproduction, surrogacy, artificial insemination, and egg donation. “Breeders: A Subclass of Women? — John Grondelski Interviews Jennifer Lahl on Her New Documentary,” in Human Life Review, 40:2 (Spring 2014), 105-12.

National Personhood Alliance and Incrementalism

Recently a debate has sprung up in the pro-life movement about the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable legal incrementalism. The newly-formed National Personhood Alliance is promoting a version of incrementalism that excludes bills which explicitly mention exceptions where abortions would be allowed, such as rape and incest. Their argument is that any bill that explicitly excludes a category of unborn from the protection due to persons is immoral and unacceptable as a form of incrementalism. They do allow, however, bills that only protect some unborn, but do not mention exceptions. An example of this kind of bill would be the 20 week abortion ban. For the NPA, a bill is acceptable if it would not be overturned by a personhood-from-fertilization amendment.

The NPA works in cooperation with Personhood USA. According to LifeSiteNews.com, Notre Dame Law Professor Emeritus Charles Rice has endorsed the NPA, as has Catholic Bishop Kagan, of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide researchers, FYI.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition recommends this research:


Loving Samuel: Suffering, Dependence, and the Calling of Love by Aaron D. Cobb

Pro-life literature colleagues, FYI: brief review of Loving Samuel: Suffering, Dependence, and the Calling of Love by Aaron D. Cobb.  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1024692808