• The Veritas Center for
    Ethics in Public Life

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

    —Blessed 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.

    Veritas Conference 2015

    Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians Conference

    April 10-11, 2015

    Co-Sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life and Franciscan University of Steubenville,
    View the Conference Page

    Recent Articles by Veritas Center Associates

  • Martin: Have We Got What It Takes to Win?

    Is it possible that the country is as reluctant to take charge as our President has proven himself to be? Have we all succumbed to the same paralysis as afflicts Obama and his advisors? Does the marriage of reason and faith, head and heart, no longer apply? Between knowing the right and mobilizing the will to do it? I wish I knew. What I am convinced of, however, is that the country could still be persuaded to rally round the flag on this issue, if it were presented in an honest and straightforward way. As a matter of sheer civilizational survival.

    Hendershott: The Catholic Con Regroups

    Promising yet again to “move beyond partisan and ideological divisions,” the George Soros-supported Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has refined its successful strategies of the past in its attempts to convince Catholic voters that the pro-choice Democratic nominees for public office in 2016 will do more to reduce the number of abortions than pro-life Republicans will. The group’s main argument supporting this claim is that Democrats will reduce poverty—a major factor in the choice to abort an unborn child.

    Gan: Artificial Intelligence Taking Over Humanity? Why Catholics Have Nothing to Fear

    Hawking – and others – are making some fundamentally erroneous assumptions about the human condition. For starters, the word “intelligence” as they use it, is very narrowly defined. It doesn’t consider the gift of grace that enlightens the intellect, or the reality of our soul as “the subject of human consciousness and freedom”

    Martin: An Advent Meditation on Hope

    There can be no threat to the edifice of hope save our refusal to be enfolded by it.   Not even the devil, for all that his fury and hatred exist to undo the work of God, not even he may breach the fortress of our hope without our consent. Hope expects nothing less than God himself, and so we turn in resolute and childlike trust to the One who offers the hand that draws us safely home to him.

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  • Vision

    The Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life takes both its name and inspiration from Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor (“The Splendor of Truth”). We believe, with the Catholic Church, that human freedom cannot flourish apart from truth, and that a restoration of truth as the foundation of human affairs is essential to a healthy culture.

    Rooted in the teachings of the Church’s Magisterium and guided by the riches of Catholic social teaching, the Veritas Center strives to provide meaningful alternatives to the usual secular analyses of moral and cultural dilemmas.

    It also strives to integrate both the methods and wisdom of multiple academic disciplines—from theology and sociology to political science and economics—to more effectively explore, understand, and address social concerns that affect the flourishing of the Church and her people.


    The Veritas Center uses a four-pronged approach to carrying out its mission.

    First, it seeks to clarify and disseminate Catholic moral and social teaching by facilitating research, academic writing, and inter-disciplinary partnerships among Franciscan University faculty.

    To meet this goal, the Veritas Center has created a Faculty Associates Program to enable current Franciscan faculty from the social sciences, the humanities, business, and other areas to become involved in a collaborative way with the center’s work.

    The center will also launch a Visiting Fellows Program to permit leading Catholic scholars to spend time in residence at Franciscan University, where they can work on scholarly projects in keeping with the center’s goal of the pursuit of truth. Visiting scholars will also participate in the center’s activities and will contribute to student learning by interacting with students through informal gatherings and student attendance at scholarly presentations by visiting scholars.

    Second, the Veritas Center attempts to engage those outside of the academic community in discussions about the pursuit of truth by encouraging and assisting Franciscan faculty members to publish articles on important social issues in newspapers and periodicals that are accessible to the general public. .

    Third, the center invites other scholars and teachers into the conversation about truth through its annual academic conference.

    Fourth, the Veritas Center seeks to mentor a rising generation of Catholics, equipping them for effective engagement in the public square.

    Accordingly, all Franciscan students are invited to participate in many of the activities of the Veritas Center including attending the public lectures and conferences sponsored by the center. Moreover, future plans for the center include an Undergraduate Fellows Forum, which will provide a unique opportunity for a select group of Franciscan undergraduates to pursue, outside of the classroom, academic interests related to ethics in public life.

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