One of our past conventions in Philadelphia

36th Convention: Freedom and the Moral Law

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The Fellowship is proud to honor the following people at our Convention.

Cardinal Wright Award Prof. John Haldane
Professor Of Philosophy, St. Andrews University And Director Of The Centre For Ethics, Philosophy And Public Affairs
Cardinal O’Boyle Award Maggie Gallagher
Founders Award Dr. James Hitchcock
Professor, Saint Louis University


The theme for this conference is "Freedom and the Moral Law." Topics will include a look at developments in light of the HHS Mandate, the thought of Pierre Manent, relation of moral theology and spiritual theology/ascetical theology, Countering the Grand Coalition in Favor of the Status Quo, and Freedom and the Paradox of Suffering. Your registration fee includes a full dinner Friday evening, Continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Saturday. The Cardinal Wright Banquet and Awards Presentation will be held Saturday evening and is available for an additional fee.


Friday, September 27, 2013
9am Board Meeting
FCS Board Meeting
Noon Registration
Convention Check-in Opens
2:00 pm Prayer
Mass in the hotel
3:00 pm Session 1
Recent Developments on the Religious Liberty Question
Session 1
Fighting Against the Tide? American Catholics and the Coercive HHS Preventive Services Mandate
William L. Saunders, Esq. – Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life, Washington, D.C.
Session 1
Countering the Grand Coalition in Favor of the Status Quo
Prof. Patrick Brennan – Villanova University School of Law
4:30 pm Session 2
Freedom and the Moral Law: The Thought of Pierre Manent
Session 2
Manent on Augustine's Two Cities
Marc Guerra – Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theology at Assumption College
Session 2
Pierre Manent on Christianity and the Humanitarian Temptation
Daniel J. Mahoney – Professor of Political Science at Assumption College
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Session 3
Freedom and the Moral Law in Literature
Session 3
Mystical Foundation of Freedom and Ethical Maximalism in Dostoevsky’s Fiction
Prof. Svetlana Corwin – Belmont Abbey College
Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:00 am Prayer
Mass at the hotel
9:00 am Breakfast
Continental Breakfast
10:00 am Session 1
The Re-Integration of of moral theology and spiritual theology/ascetical theology
Session 1
From Prima Principia to Beati Pauperes: Exploring the Christological Link between Lex Naturalis and Lex Nova.
Rev. Thomas V. Berg, MA, PhD – Professor of Moral Theology, St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, NY
Session 1
The Holy Spirit and the New Law of Freedom
Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia
Session 1
Freedom and the Paradox of Suffering
Prof. Grattan Brown – Belmont Abbey College
Noon Lunch
Lunch and Business Meeting
2:00 pm Session 2
Veritatis splendor – Shining More Radiantly than ever on its Twentieth Anniversary
Session 2
Veritatis Splendor as a protoype of reformed moral theology
Rev. John J. Conley, S.J. – Loyola University of Maryland
Session 2
Why Pope John Paul II had to criticize contemporary moral theories in Veritatis Splendor
Brian Benestad – D’Amour Professor of Catholic Thought at Assumption College
4:15 pm Session 3
Disciplinary Based Interest Groups Groups – arranged by Fr Michael McDermott SJ
6:30 pm Award Banquet
Cocktail Hour and Awards Banquet

Convention Sponsor

A Special Thank You to Our Convention Sponsor
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars wishes to recognize the following organization for its generous contribution
to the Annual Convention.
The St. John Fisher Fund

Discussion Groups

The discussion groups are closed for this convention.

Our special thanks to everyone involved in organizing them.

The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Convention Dates

Start date: 27September, 2013
End date: 29September, 2013
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