The paper I gave in Rome published in NCBQ: “On Making the Case for Life: On St. Peter’s Counsel to Always Be Ready”

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Last year I was invited by the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization to participate in an education conference in Rome on John Paul II's 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae.  Held at the Pontificia Università Urbaniana, the keynote address was given by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, which was followed by papers given by myself and Robert Royal (Faith & Reason Institute). A revised version of my  Rome talk, entitled "On Making the Case for Life: On St. Peter's Counsel to Always … [Read more...]

Interview with Catholic News Service: Natural Law and the New Evangelization

During my time in Rome in June, I was interviewed by the Catholic News Service. Here's the video: … [Read more...]

“Baylor University Scholar Francis Beckwith Will Speak at Vatican Educational Conference”

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From Baylor media communications: WACO, Texas (April 22, 2013) -- Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at Baylor University and Resident Scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, will travel to Rome in mid-June to speak at The Celebration of Evangelium Vitae: Faithful to Life conference, sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.Beckwith is one of three speakers invited to speak at the event, to be held June … [Read more...]

Cardinal George of Chicago: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.”

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The following is an open letter authored by Francis Cardinal George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago. It is addressed to the Catholics of his diocese: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I write to you concerning a most serious matter that negatively impacts the church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Jan. 20 that almost all employers, … [Read more...]

Best explanation of the HHS “compromise”: it’s a shell game

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It is the intellectual version of being short-changed. Here's what Ace says at Ace of Spades HQ:  So here's how this works.I'm an insurer. Here were your two options, before Obama's brilliant solution:I could cover your employees for x dollars.If you want birth control/abortifacient coverage, we'll add that rider for y dollars. So this option is x + y dollars.Obama's genius solution is:Hey, we'll cover your employees for x + y dollars as a baseline. But we'll toss in a … [Read more...]

The Human Being, a Person of Substance

That's the title of a chapter I recently published in the book, Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos: A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments, edited by Stephen Napier. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011), 67-83. Other contributors in the book include my Baylor colleague Alexander Pruss as well as Jason T. Eberl, A. A. Howspeian, Christopher Tollefsen, Helen M. Alvaré, and David Hershenov. You can read my entire chapter via Google Books here. Here's how the chapter begins (citations omitted): Over the p … [Read more...]

Libertarians for Life: A Nice Resource

You can find their website here. … [Read more...]

August 3 Symposium on the 40th anniversary of Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion”

Tomorrow, August 3, I will be at the University of Colorado in Boulder participating in a symposium on the 40th anniversary of Judith Jarvis Thomson article, "A Defense of Abortion," published in 1971 in Philosophy and Public Affairs. (For more on the symposium, go here. It is open to the public.) What makes Thomson's argument so important is that she grants to the prolifer his most pivotal premise, that the pre-born human is a person from conception, but nevertheless concludes that abortion is … [Read more...]

Baylor’s Class of 2011 includes one of Texas’ smallest surviving preemies

From the Baylor website: Another 2,000 graduates joined the ever-growing family of Baylor alumni over the weekend, as the Class of 2011 received their diplomas during commencement ceremonies at the Ferrell Center. (Click here for a slideshow of the weekend.)Among the graduates was Allyson Ray, a name that just might ring a bell way back in the memory of some Central Texans. Ray made headlines back in 1989 when she became the smallest baby in Texas ever to survive; born at just 14 ounces and … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Vita Institute: Educating Prolife Leadership

Just read about this at Mirror of Justice (HT: Rick Garnett):Notre Dame Vita Institute In furtherance of Project Guadalupe's goal to form the next generation of pro-life leadership through scholarship and service, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life is pleased to announce its inaugural Notre Dame Vita Institute to be held  June 12-24, 2011, administered under the auspices of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.Held on the beautiful Notre Dame campus, the Vita Institute will edu … [Read more...]


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