Health and Human Services: Conceptions Revisited

A discussion on the true meaning of religious freedom, personhood and sexuality

with Dr. Margaret McCARTHY, Assistant Professor of Theology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington D.C, and Dr. Kimberly SHANKMAN, Dean, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center

The recent mandate and subsequent accommodation issued by the Obama administration through the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the requirement of all insurance plans to provide contraception to their employees has led to a firestorm of media attention regarding the proper relationship between the Church and State. What has emerged is an entrenched debate with freedom of conscience on one side, and women’s health on the other. The Church provides a unique point of unity between the two sides, offering a vision of life that allows for the fulfillment of both religious expression and women’s concerns by properly defining both “health” and “human.” In order to arrive at an understanding of what this new life is, we must move beyond the questions of “what is religious freedom?”, and instead ask, “what is religious freedom for—especially in the case at hand?”

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

About this Event

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Catholic University of America
Gowan Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, D.C.
Redline Metro: Brookland Stop
See H15 on campus map

About the Speakers

Dr. Margaret Harper McCarthy
Assistant Professor of Theology, John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Kimberly Shankman
Dean of Benedictine College, Atchison, KS


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Article of Interest

Against Separation by Philip Hamburger

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