Loading
Catholic social conference highlights dangers of secularist society

.- Particularly highlighting the recent Terri Schiavo debacle, a recent conference held at Ohio’s Franciscan University of Steubenville, pointed to the dangers of, and ways to fight against, what many are calling an increasingly secular society.

The thirteenth annual gathering of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) brought experts from around the country to the Ohio river valley to discuss some 60 different issues of Catholic-social interest.

The conference focused on issues ranging from parenting, reproductive technologies, divorce and annulment, psychotherapy and a discussion on the societal loss of a sense of sin.

The event also featured a panel discussion featuring theological reflections on the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and took a new look at how to prevent incidents like Terri Schiavo’s recent forced starvation from happening again.

Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science at the University, and founder of the SCSS, stressed that Catholics need to pray, act, and be "relentless" in their fight against the "paper tiger" of secular culture.

Deborah Sturm of the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses spoke specifically about the Schiavo incident, and denounced recent enthusiasm over living wills.

Asking whether Schiavo’s death "hints of our descent into tyranny," Sturm told the crowd that the media has falsely convinced the public that living wills can protect them from similar fates. In fact, she said, they could do more harm than good.

"The 'right to die'“, she said, “is moving toward a tyrannical 'duty to die,'…At a time when 'do not resuscitate' is being interpreted as 'do not treat,' other options, such as designating power of attorney to a loved one should be sought.”

"Shred your living wills," she argued.

Stressing the importance of the association and its conference, Dr. Krason noted that Catholic social scientists "bring a Catholic understanding about the human person into their work."

According to organizers, this fact could not be more important--especially today--because, as Northern Illinois University political science professor Dr. Gary D. Glenn put it, "Secularism is, in fact, the new religion"


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: