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The Consistent Ethic of Life in 2016: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same


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October 12, 2016:

Within this podcast, Rev. Thomas Nairn, OFM, PhD, Senior Director of Theology & Ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States, speaks on the topic of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's Consistent Ethic of Life.  This lecture was held on October 12, 2016 and was sponsored by The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry as it commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Cardinal Bernardin throughout this academic year.

About the speaker:  Fr. Nairn holds a PhD from The Divinity School of The University of Chicago and was the Erica and Harry John Professor of Catholic Ethics at Catholic Theological Union prior to taking his present position at the Catholic Health Association.  He has edited two books on Cardinal Bernardin’s Consistent Ethic of Life.  His next book, Conscience and Catholic Health Care, co-edited with David DeCosse of Santa Clara University, will be published in 2017 by Orbis Press.

About the lecture:  After a brief description of Cardinal Bernardin’s Consistent Ethic of Life, Nairn will analyze the role that the Consistent Ethic has played in the twenty years since his death.  The controversy that surrounded this issue during the cardinal’s life time is still with us.  Many still blame the Consistent Ethic for watering down the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching.  Yet, over the past few years, there has also been a re-birth in thoughtful analysis of the Consistent Ethic.  After examining where such analysis seems to lead, Nairn will conclude by revisiting one of the last talks that the cardinal gave on the Consistent Ethic of Life suggesting that the challenge he gave to the Church at that time shortly before his death remains the challenge for us in 2016.

Featuring: Rev. Thomas Nairn, OFM, PhD