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Just wanted to make certain you knew about the upcoming lecture series at St. Paul Seminary, Crafton, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month: January - April, 7:30 pm. Text is below:

Pittsburgh Catholic, Friday December 23, 2005
News & Features

Speakers set for series of lectures (snipped due to size)

Author and professor Theresa Farnan will lead off the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s four adult lectures in the popular series for winter/spring 2006 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

Farnan is set to speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, on “The Philosophical Roots of the Culture of Death.” On Jan. 22, the United States will mark 33 years since the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Although that date is a notable milestone in the culture of death, it by no means marks the inception of this movement, which originated from age-old philosophical errors. In recent years, the attack on the sanctity of life has broadened to include not only abortion on demand, but also euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, cloning and eugenics.

In her presentation, Farnan will go deeper than the politics and the passion to the philosophical origins and premises of the culture of death. She will then identify how understanding these foundations can enable us to move toward a culture of life in conformity with the teachings of Christ. Farnan is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and has taught numerous workshops through the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Diocesan Institute for Catechetical and Pastoral Formation. Her book, “Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get

There?” (co-authored with Charles E. Rice), is available from St. Augustine Press. Farnan holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

The remaining speakers and their topics include:

• Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., “Catholics and Media: A Call to Arms,” with Raymond Arroyo, award-winning journalist and EWTN host. More than ever, the media are playing a decisive role in our culture. What is the role of the Catholic Church in this brave new world? One of America’s best-known Catholic journalists discusses the treatment of the church in the media and how Catholics should be involved. Arroyo is seen each week in more than 100 million homes around the globe. He has worked for the Associated Press, the political columnist team of Evans and Novak, and as a Capitol Hill correspondent. As host and creator of EWTN’s international news magazine, “The World Over Live,”

Arroyo has interviewed the leading figures of the day.

A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Arroyo is author of the New York Times best-seller, “Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles.” He resides in New Orleans with his wife, Rebecca, and their three children.

• Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., “The Radical Breakthrough of Adult Stem-Cell Research,” with Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. In his presentation, Father Pacholczyk will examine both the science and ethics of stem cell research and cloning. Embryonic stem-cell research will be considered in the light of morally acceptable alternatives, and a careful consideration of the various media myths surrounding this area of science will be presented.

Therapeutic cloning and reproductive cloning will be examined both scientifically and morally through easily accessible concepts and with familiar language. He will stress and highlight the essential importance of carefully protecting and safeguarding embryonic humans.

Father Pacholczyk is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass. He earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale University and has studied for five years in Rome, where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo. He has done numerous media commentaries, including appearances on CNN International, “ABC World News Tonight” and National Public Radio.

• Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., “God, Sex and the Meaning of Life: An Introduction to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body,” with Christopher West, professor and author. Many think they understand what the church teaches about the body and the relationship between man and woman. However, the deeper reasons — the why of these teachings — are not well understood. The human body is meant to be a sign of God’s own life and love in the world. The lecture will offer a thought-provoking presentation that will enrich understanding of human sexuality and the spiritual power it contains. West teaches

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