Prof. Janet E. Smith

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Prof. Janet E. Smith

Prof Janet E. Smith teaches moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.  She has a webpage at

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Pope Paul VI: Why he still matters

  There is no question that Pope Francis is a popular pontiff. He is beloved for his ecumenical openness to other non-Catholic Christians, to those of other faiths, and of no faith; for hi... More


Noah, another Abraham? Destroy Life to Obey God?

Spoiler alert:  This review discloses the most pivotal moments of the movie Noah.   Although I had not seen Noah and honestly had no desire to see it, I was fascinated by the polarity of t... More


Don’t Duck the Real Question Raised by Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty

  The controversy over Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson’s interview in GQ may make some of us want to seek shelter from the hostile bombardment of those who would silence anyone... More


Bishop Gumbleton Misrepresents Archbishop Vigneron on Who Should Receive Communion

Archbishop Vigneron and Bishop Gumbleton may be less at odds than Bishop Gumbleton seems to think.  Vigneron's statements that some individuals should not present themselves for Communion referred ... More

Is it Moral to Comply with the HHS Mandate?

Summary: Catholics have a moral obligation to protest against the HHS mandate since it is a serious violation of religious liberty.  Those who have filed lawsuits are providing tremendous witness ... More

A Presidential Debate on Contraception?

Vice President Biden and others charge that Republicans have made birth control the centerpiece of this election.  That is false, of course, but it is a topic worthy of debate.  It could go somethin... More

Ask not what you can do for your country… ask what your country can do for you!

Although President Kennedy’s own sexual life was, sorry to say, despicable (e.g., most recently Once Upon a Secret), this plea during his inauguration speech was stirring: “Ask not what your coun... More

Thank you President Obama for making Catholics more Catholic…

This past week I have received a number of notifications that this priest or that priest has given a homily on contraception. It is a lamentable fact that most Catholics have never heard contraception... More

If only our Bishops had thought to consult with David Gibson

How foolish our bishops were to not call upon David Gibson for a lesson in casuistry or hair-splitting!  He instructs the bishops it is no moral problem for Catholic institutions to pay for contr... More

Lying: a Metaphysical Issue before a Moral Issue

The following article is a guest post from Dr. Janet Smith , professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Lying,_A_Metaphysical_Question ... More



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