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  • The Catholic Church in World Affairs

    April 28-29, 2017

    Seminar Room, St. Joseph Center

    Co-Sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life
    Franciscan University Political Science Department
    Society of Catholic Social Scientists

    The 20th century was arguably the most violent century in human history. Two World Wars, the rise of Communism, the Cold War, and widespread socio-political upheaval across the globe challenged the Catholic Church and its mission. These challenges have only continued into the 21st century, as the rise of radical Islam, the emergence of new “state actors,” and the growing disparity of resources have contributed to injustice, religious persecution, and violence across the world.

    The Church is not called to stand aside and accept the inequities born from the last century. In fact, the Church has played a vital role in promoting peace, human rights, and resolving conflicts through its work with diplomats and world leaders.

    Join Franciscan University of Steubenville in exploring the important role the Church has played and continues to play in international affairs. The two-day conference, which begins on Friday, April 28, in the Seminar Room of the St. Joseph Center, will bring together leading Catholic social scientists in the world today. Focusing on a wide range of historic and contemporary topics from Pope John Paul II’s influence in bringing down the Iron Curtain, to the way in which the Church advises nations on how to counter the rise of Islamic extremism, the conference will include eight separate talks.

    Speakers will include Dr. Paul Kengor of Grove City College; Austin Ruse of C-FAM; Dr. William Kirk Kilpatrick, author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West; and Dr. Daniel R. Kempton of Franciscan University.

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    About the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life

    The mission of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life is to seek the truth about the good. Toward that goal, the center encourages and supports inquiry that is grounded in faith and reason, and focused on ethical questions of significance for contemporary culture in the areas of business, law, politics, social services, education, and the arts. Inspired by Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching in Veritatis Splendor that, too often, “human freedom has been detached from its essential and constitutive relationship to truth,” the Veritas Center is committed to clarifying and applying the natural law and Christian teaching, and defending the permanent validity of their precepts. In this way, it furthers the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville to promote and teach the truth, under the guidance of the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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