WHAT: Thomas International Center Seminar: Taking Conscience Seriously
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 3
WHERE: Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
SAGINAW – All are welcome to attend a free seminar hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw on the violations of the HHS mandate to rights of conscience. Those who attend the evening will leave with a better understanding of the profound challenge to liberty and morality contained in the HHS Mandate, as well as information about ways in which they can respond. The seminar will be divided into three sessions with time at the end of each for Q & A:
•Background and Political framework: Including what the law requires, limited government and religious liberty
•Moral Issues: Rights of conscience (and limits on them), moral obligations regarding unjust laws
•Legal Issues: Lawsuits commenced and their grounds, whether multiple lawsuits are desirable, effect of the June Supreme Court decision
Following is a list of the three presenters for the evening’s seminar:
Francis J. Manion is Senior Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice who litigates First Amendment law and pro-life legal matters before state and federal courts. A 1980 graduate of Seton Hall School of Law, Manion honed his litigation skills with more than 15 years of experience as a trial attorney in private law firms where he served as trial counsel on behalf of pro-life demonstrators. He joined the ACLJ in 1996 and works to protect constitutional rights in various arenas, including the rights of medical personnel required by employers to violate their consciences and religious beliefs by participating in pregnancy-ending procedures. Mr. Manion is counsel for Frank O’Brien in his suit against HHS.
Fulvio Di Blasi is co-director of the Thomas International Center. He graduated Summa cum Laude in Law from the University of Milan in 1994 and received a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law from the University of Palermo in 1998. In 2000 he was appointed Visiting Scholar and Research Associate by the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame, and over the next three years, he taught courses in the Philosophy Department of the University of Notre Dame. He has also taught at the LUMSA Law School (Palermo), and has been Visiting Professor of “Bioethics and Law” at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
Christopher Wolfe is emeritus professor of political science at Marquette University, and co-director of the Thomas International Center. His main area of research and teaching for two decades was Constitutional Law and American Political Thought, and he is the author of various books, the best known of which is The Rise of Modern Judicial Review, which Judge Robert Bork, in a 2006 Wall Street Journal contribution, listed as one of the five best books on the Constitution. Dr. Wolfe subsequently shifted his work back to political philosophy, and especially the area of natural law and liberal political theory.
The goal of the Thomas International Center is cultural renewal in light of the Western and Christian intellectual traditions. The free seminar at the diocesan Center for Ministry was made possible through the generous support of Jeff and Kari Kenny.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration of blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patron feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.