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Conscience, Catholicism, and American Politics

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

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.

Tags: Catholic, conscience