“Truth enlightens man’s intelligence and shapes his freedom.”

—Pope St. John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor

The Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life exists to bring faithful Catholic scholarly reflection to bear on the most pressing ethical questions in contemporary culture—questions of marriage and sexuality, war and peace, life and death, as well as economic and social justice.

Through research, writing, and academic conferences, the Veritas Center seeks to combat what Pope Benedict XVI described as “the dictatorship of relativism,” promoting the natural moral law, illuminated by the light of faith, in order to defend both human freedom and dignity in the public square.

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Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR
Anne Hendershott
Jacob Wood
Stephen Krason
Patrick Lee
Regis Martin
Kevin Miller
Fr. Dan Pattee
Alexander Sich
Timothy Williams

Martin: The One Whom Tradition Calls The Theologian

Since timing is everything, I waited a moment or two, letting the loss of all but a few hundred words of Holy Writ sink in, then told them that, of course, those few words written by the Beloved Apostle himself, John the son of Zebedee, who reclined his head upon the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper, would furnish quite enough evidence on which to found the faith and the hope and the love of Christianity.

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Martin: The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist

Who would not want to go to that party? Why would anyone disdain to join in a celebration so positively glorious? “Earth’s crammed with heaven,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning tells us. “And every common bush afire with God.” All because the Lord of the universe elected to walk among us, becoming one of us.

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Martin: Welcome to the Wedding

There are two things that I never fail to tell my students on the first day of class. One is that it won’t be long and the other is that they needn’t come back. I’m always suspicious, I explain, of professors who announce everything they know on the first day. Maybe they don’t know very much.

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Hendershott: 75 Christian Leaders Sign Charter Rejecting Coercive SOGI Laws

In an attempt to affirm “every American’s freedom to peacefully live their lives according to their beliefs,” 75 religious leaders came together this past week as charter signatories of “Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion”, a statement that “opposes government coercion or censorship of fellow citizens who have different views.” United by the idea that all laws must respect religious freedom and promote justice for all, those signing the statement decry the ways in which “efforts to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classifications in the law have threatened basic freedoms of religion, conscience, speech, and association; violate privacy rights; and expose citizens to significant legal and financial liability for practicing their beliefs in the public square.”

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Hendershott: Persons or property? Celebrity Embryo Lawsuit Escalates

While much of the media ridiculed businessman Nick Loeb when he filed a lawsuit last year to prevent his former fiancée, TV star Sofia Vergara, from destroying the frozen embryos they created together in 2013, sentiment may shift following a disturbing development in the case. In an attempt to show that Loeb is dishonestly claiming to be “pro-life” in his quest to gain custody of the embryonic children the couple created together, Vegara’s attorneys have petitioned a California court to force Loeb to disclose the names of two women who underwent abortions after he impregnated them more than 20 years ago.

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Martin: Season of Hope

The desire for God, we are told, is a drive both deep and indestructible. Certainly, there can be no other longing as profound or pervasive. On the strength of its universality, we understand ourselves as creatures ineluctably religious.

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Krason: Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Thoughts On The Election And Its Aftermath

Much ink has already been spilled about what are the implications, big and small, of the 2016 presidential election. I offer a few thoughts as to its meaning and what we can expect from a new Trump administration.
The election was certainly a rebuke — it’s far from clear if it was a decisive repudiation — of a corrupted elite, especially by non-favored demographic groups that are tired of being stepped on.

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Martin: Are Atheists Addled?

Why, then, do we pay attention to atheists when they tell us anything at all on the subject of God? Or of the life of the spirit, inasmuch as atheism makes no provision for it in its system?

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Martin: Of Purgatory and Homage to the Dead

Purgatory is not an optional extra, in other words, a sort of detachable porch whose use is wholly unnecessary to the operation of the house. It is not, to use an automotive image, a fifth wheel, but rather an essential part if the car is to get where it’s going. Which, if your destination is Heaven, means the whole point of the drive becomes that of not ending up in a ditch along the way.

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Krason: Restoring The Rightful Place Of The Supreme Court In American Government

I hear frequently in this year’s election campaign that Supreme Court appointments should be the key consideration in the choice between the presidential candidates. That’s certainly understandable, and perhaps true. It reflects, however, an unfortunate attitude — widespread and deeply ingrained in the American psyche — that the court is somehow the ultimate, sovereign institution in the United States.

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Hendershott: “When The State Exposes Catholic Identity Concerns”

Dr. Anne Hendershott, professor of Sociology and director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, provides thoughts on when the state exposes catholic identity concerns. Today, faculty contributions to the Catholic mission cannot be assumed. Beyond a few dozen faithful Catholic colleges and universities, the NLRB knows that most Catholic colleges qualify for unionization…

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Martin: “Texting is for Twits”

Dr. Regis Martin, professor of Theology at Franciscan University and author for Crisis Magazine, writes on the new generation and texting. The discovery I made is that for all the social media they appear constantly to traffic in, they really do not like to interact with other people. So determined are they to avoid actual…

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Martin: “Vanquishing the Vikings … But on TV?”

Dr. Regis Martin, professor of Theology at Franciscan University and author for Crisis Magazine, writes on vikings and how he and the church views them. And so, most refreshingly, the spiritual lives of these people were not portrayed in any sort of abstract or merely perfunctory way. They were honestly shown to be in quite…

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Martin: “Welcome to the Wedding”

Dr. Regis Martin, professor of Theology at Franciscan University and author for Crisis Magazine, writes on how someone should attend a wedding. There are two things that I never fail to tell my students on the first day of class. One is that it won’t be long and the other is that they needn’t come…

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Martin: “Making the Case for Martyrdom”

Dr. Regis Martin, professor of Theology at Franciscan University and author for Crisis Magazine, writes on making the case for martyrdom.  May all of us, including especially our bishops, find nourishment in the blood of Christ. Not only will it wash away the world’s sin, but for those of us whose lives are bound by…

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Hendershott: “Obama Mandate on Sex Reassignment Surgery Challenged in Court”

Dr. Anne Hendershott, professor of Sociology and director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, provides thoughts on the presidential mandate on sex reassignment surgery being challenged in court. In its continued commitment to infringing upon the rights of religious healthcare providers, the Obama administration mandated last spring that doctors and hospitals may not…

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Martin: “The Abolition of God and the Annihilation of Man”

Dr. Regis Martin, professor of Theology at Franciscan University and author for Crisis Magazine, writes on belief in God becoming a fifth wheel in the lives of some. When a student of mine returned from a recent visit to Barcelona, where she’d spent a busy month babysitting small children, she reported that the host family…

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Hendershott: “A New Front In The Abortion Wars”

Dr. Anne Hendershott, professor of Sociology and director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, provides thoughts on professor of Charles Camosy’s attack on a pro-life speech. It is difficult to understand why Fordham ethics professor Charles Camosy would take to the pages of Crux — a Catholic news website that is funded by…

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Krason: “Taking on the Homosexual Movement”

<!––>Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science and legal studies, writes on taking on the homosexual movement. One of the main parts of the leftist agenda to which this applies is challenging the homosexualist juggernaut that Robert R. Reilly says is “changing everything” (by which he means it’s subverting many aspects of what makes for…

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