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Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 12:34 PM
Center Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse explores how understandings of conscience within the writings of the great 19th century English theologian John Henry Newman may be relevant to contemporary debates around Catholic conscience and freedom, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., in the Learning Commons.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 1:05 PM
Recently, the New York Times reported, " Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have shuttered most of the Catholic Charities affiliates in the state rather than comply with a new requirement that says they must consider same-sex couples as potential foster-care and adoptive parents if they want to receive state money.... "The bishops have followed colleagues in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts who had jettisoned their adoption services rather than comply with nondiscrimination laws."
The bishops have increasingly raised concerns about what they regard as impositions on the Catholic conscience in American public life. Conversely, many Catholics have invoked the primacy of conscience to justify their support of something like pro-choice legislation.
On January 18, the Ethics Center will welcomes Bishop Robert McElroy, one of the leading intellectuals among the American bishops, who will address these vexing issues in his talk, "Conscience, Catholicism and American Politics." Join us at at noon in the SCU Wiegand Center.
Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 11:33 AM
Center Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse has given a series of talks this month offering a Catholic perspective on a variety of ethical issues.
At the Faith Formation Conference sponsored by the dioceses of San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Monterey, and Stockton, he spoke on "Conscience and the Catholic Tradition: Contemporary Challenges." He explored the topic of "Conscience in St. Ignatius' Contemplation of Divisne Love" at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco and the topic of "Fathers, Sons, Forgiveness" at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton, Calif. For the Institute for Leadership in Ministry of the San Jose Diocese, he addressed "Ethics in Church Ministry."
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 4:23 PM
Thomas Reese, S.J., distinguished visiting scholar at the Ethics Center this summer, will speak August 16 addressing the questions:
What will the Catholic Church of the future look like?
If current trends continue, what will it look like?
What unforeseen events could shake things up?
Reese is a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, and author of the forthcoming "A Survival Guide for Thinking Catholics." His presentation is at 5 p.m. in the Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building, Santa Clara University.