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Humanae vitae (1968-2018): A Fiftieth Anniversary Symposium
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This symposium explores Catholic teaching on human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood as articulated in the papal encyclical Humanae vitae upon its fiftieth anniversary (1968-2018).

4/4/2018 to 4/6/2018
When: 4/4/2018
Where: Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave, N.E.
Washington, District of Columbia  20012
United States
Contact: Theresa Notare, PhD

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The symposium is anchored in the view that, in and through Christ’s work of redemption, God’s original vision of the person, human sexuality, and marriage grounds human relationships and, after the fall, heals them. It seeks to elucidate the anthropological, philosophical, and theological underpinnings of the encyclical’s reaffirmation of the divine plan as expressed in Catholic teaching and advanced by Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Papers presented at the symposium will therefore assess the past, reflect upon the present, and consider the future. Presentations will be theoretical, empirical, and pastoral. They will draw upon the disciplines of history, philosophy, theology, and science, and will highlight effective catechetical practices. All presentations will treat major themes from Humanae vitae.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018
5 to 9 p.m. — Registration
(Pryzbyla Center, Atrium in front of Great Room A)
7 to 10 p.m. — Opening Events
(All sessions, including meals will be in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Rooms A, B, and C)
Opening Prayer
Welcome — John Garvey, J.D., President, The Catholic University of America
Keynote — Healing the Wounds in Human Sexuality and Marriage by Embracing God’s Vision for Love and Marriage: Humanae vitae Fifty Years Later
Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, Chairman, USCCB Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
9 p.m. — Reception


Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Morning Sessions
8:30 a.m. — Morning Prayer

Section I. “A World Afflicted”—The Historical Context
A panel reflecting upon: The historical context before 1968; the cultural climate and events during which Humanae vitae was promulgated; and the results of wide-spread rejection of Catholic teaching in Humanae vitae.
Moderator: John Grabowski, Ph.D., Catholic University
9 a.m. — One Hundred Years of Changing Cultural Perspectives
Glenn Olsen, Ph.D., University of Utah
9:45 a.m. — The Legacy of Dissent from Humanae vitae
Donald Critchlow, Ph.D., Arizona State University
10:15 a.m. — Break
10:30 a.m. — The Vindication of Humanae vitae, Continued
Mary Eberstadt
11 a.m. — Humanae vitae and the Technological Conquest of The Human Person
Michael Hanby, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
11:30 a.m. — Discussion
12 to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Afternoon Sessions

Section II. A Deeper Understanding of the Doctrinal Principles in Humanae vitae
A panel that explores the teachings expressed in Humanae vitae through the lens of Thomism, the personalism of John Paul II, the perspective of Dietrich von Hildebrand, and the New Natural Law.
Moderator: Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., Dominican House of Studies
1:30 p.m. — A Thomist View on Marriage, Fruitfulness, and the Teaching of Humanae vitae
J. Budziszewski, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
2 p.m. — New Approaches to Humanae Vitae—A Critique
Catholic Teaching on the Regulation of Birth and The Role of Gradualness of the Law, Discernment, and Reception
Janet Smith, Ph.D., Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Archdiocese of Detroit
2:30 p.m. — Von Hildebrand, Love, and Contraception
Maria Fedoryka, Ph.D., Ave Maria University
3 p.m. — Break
3:15 p.m — The New Natural Law Theory, Basic Goods, and Contraception
Patrick Lee, Ph.D., Franciscan University
3:45 p.m. — Discussion
4:30 p.m. — End
4:30 to 9 p.m. Evening Session
5 p.m. Mass
Main Celebrant: Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
(Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)
6:30 p.m. — Dinner
(Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A)
Section III. Pastoral Directives
7:30 p.m. — Public Authorities
Moderator: Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Against Ideological Colonization: The Teaching of Humanae vitae and A Humanely Adequate Global Ethic
Teresa S. Collett, J.D., The University of St. Thomas, School of Law
9 p.m. — End
Friday, April 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. — Morning sessions
8:30 a.m. — Morning Prayer

Section III. Pastoral Directives continued
9 a.m. — Ethical Science and Healthcare
Moderator: Theresa Notare, Ph.D., NFP Program, USCCB
A Historical Review of The Catholic Scientists Who Answered The Call of Humanae vitae
Richard Fehring, Ph.D., R.N., Institute for Natural Family Planning, Marquette University College of Nursing
9:30 a.m. — The Current State of Natural Family Planning Science
Joseph Stanford, M.D., University of Utah
10 a.m. — Natural Family Planning and Ethical Women’s Healthcare
Kathleen Raviele, M.D., Medical Consultant, NFP Institute, Marquette University, School of Nursing
10:30 a.m. — Break
10:45 a.m. — Medical Schools and Natural Family Planning Education
Marguerite Duane, M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine; Executive Director, Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science
11:05 a.m. — The Prophecies of Humanae vitae—A Panel
Health and Love: The Distortions Introduced into Healthcare, The Marital Relationship, and Law by The Contraceptive Mentality
“A medical perspective”
Deacon William V. Williams, M.D., Catholic Medical Association, Editor, The Linacre Quarterly
11:25 a.m. — “A psychological perspective”
Suzanne N. Hollman, Psy.D., M.Sc., Associate, Professor and Co-Director, IPS Training Clinic, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences
11:45 a.m. — “A legal perspective”
Helen Alvaré, J.D., M.A., George Mason School of Law
12:05 to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Afternoon sessions

Section IV. Humanae vitae—Contemporary Challenges
Moderator: Rev. Antonio Lopez, F.S.C.B., Ph.D., Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Humanae vitae and the Un-engendering of Gender
Margaret McCarthy, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
2 p.m. — Married Love, God’s Plan, and The Lived Reality
Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
2:30 p.m. — Humanae vitae and the Cross of Infertility
Elizabeth Kirk, J.D.
3 p.m. — Break
3:15 p.m. — Discussion
Section V. Signs of Growth and Healing
3:30 p.m. — “Theology”
John Grabowski, Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
“Healthcare and Science”
Richard Fehring, Ph.D., R.N., The Institute for Natural Family Planning, Marquette University College of Nursing
“Pastoral Programming”
Theresa Notare, Ph.D., United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
4 p.m. — Discussion
4:15 p.m. — Concluding Remarks
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Philadelphia, LMFLY Committee Chairman
4:30 p.m. — End
5 p.m. — Closing Mass
Main Celebrant, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
(Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

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