Rallying for Religious Liberty

Every January a few hundred thousand people participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Today, Stand Up For Religious Freedom rallies will be at noon in over 100 cities across the country. Franciscan University Office of Student Life, in conjunction with ten different student groups—including Students for a Fair Society, Students for Life, and Young Americans for Freedom—is c... More

No, that does not mean they’re covering “contraceptives.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md The issue is still religious liberty and not access to contraceptives, but some like Rep. Elijah Cummings and his pro-abortion fellow travelers at the National Women’s Law Center raised a distraction that deserves response. Call it a teachable moment, or perhaps a “nip-it-in-the-bud” moment because I can see this question coming up later. Cummings produ... More

Catholic Church: Champion of Scientific Advance

Dr. Dan Kuebler, professor of biology here at Franciscan University of Steubenville, penned an article for National Catholic Register on the latest “breakthroughs” in embryonic stem cell research (ESC). Apparently some scientists published their research showing that they finally were able to get cloned human embryos to develop to the point where ESCs could actually be harvested. This ... More

Kreeft launches volley after volley in the culture war.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Dr. Peter Kreeft of Boston College recently said that “pro-abortion Catholics” have done more damage to the Church than have pedophile priests. A few days before those comments in Madison, the indispensable Dr. Kreeft was here in Steubenville where he spoke to a capacity, standing-room-only crowd in Christ the King Chapel. His topic: “How to Wi... More

Thank you, veterans.

A Sailor sits with Nicaraguan youths during a break. Happily, not all missions are war. I took this picture while an embedded reporter on the USS Kearsarge while it was on a humanitarian mission to Central and South America, Operation Continuing Promise, in August 2008 “Greater love hath no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” Two days out of the year we set aside... More

Med Schools screening out Pro-Life candidates?

Dr. Dan Kuebler helps a student with a lab project. Photo: Franciscan University of Steubenville Medical schools use open-ended questions to weed out pro-life candidates, writes Dr. Daniel Kuebler, professor of biology here at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Kuebler is a key professor in our pre-med program which, over the past ten years, has had an average of three graduates accepted i... More

True Confession of a Survivor of an All-Girls Dorm!

St. Thomas More Hall, an all-girls residence hall, just off the Piazza dei Santi, at FUS … No, not me. A pseudonymous graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville noticed the law suit against Catholic University of America regarding their reversion to single-sex dorms. The suit prompted her to share her story of the impact living in an all-girls dorm had on a girl who grew up with a ... More

Senator Hatfield: “prophetic and Christ-like actions”

The Poverello Medal of Franciscan University of Steubenville The passing of Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon was previously noted by Mark Stricherz and Joseph Bottum here at CatholicVote in their responses to the notion that he was a liberal Republican. It turns out that Franciscan University of Steubenville (for which I work) actually honored the late senator in 1974 with the Poverello Medal, our ... More

“If we are not active, and doing something to get rid of [abortion], then we are complicit in it.”

photo: Franciscan University It was a stirring night in Finnegan Fieldhouse when Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director-turned-pro-life activist, shared her story. Before I share the video playlist, just a point of reflection. Abby said: “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was look at my parents, and tell them that I took the lives of two of their grandchildren.... More

Who really cares about women and children?

We’re 11 days out from the March for Life 2011, and videos have surfaced showing some extraordinarily anti-life activity by Planned Parenthood peeps. As a counterexample of who really cares about women and children in the battle over abortion I thought I’d share the playlist of short videos about Franciscan University’s experience of the March; 9 of them I shot on my iPhone while... More

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