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Conference to Bring 'Liberating Force of Truth' to Pressing Social, Political Issues

8/12/2013 - 1:14 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

STEUBENVILLE, OH (August 12, 2013) - The Society of Catholic Social Scientists will hold its 21st annual national conference on October 25-26, 2013, at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

The conference will feature more than 20 paper presentations by Catholic scholars and social science practitioners. They will present on a wide range of topics including "Hell, a Phenomenological Analysis: Eternal Pain and the Love of God"; "Fraternal Correction in the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas"; "Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research"; and "Catholic Journalism's Mission to Evangelize."

"At a time when important public and cultural questions are looked at, consciously or unconsciously, through the lens of ideology and deeply flawed philosophical premises and a dictatorship of relativism rules the thought of the Western world, the Church brings the liberating force of truth," says Dr. Stephen Krason, Franciscan University professor of political science, and president and co-founder of SCSS. "This conference is one of our main attempts--along with our publication and educational programs, which are now taking place abroad as well as in the U.S.--to help the Church provide the intellectual formation that is a foundational part of that mission of liberation."

Speakers include Dr. Kevin Schmiesing of the Acton Institute; Karen Wood, visiting instructor of Sociology and Criminology at Benedictine College; Michael Moore, Integrity Psychologist from London, England; Dr. Daniel Kempton, Franciscan University vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of political science; Dr. Michael Healy, chair of the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University; and Dr. Eugene Gan, communication arts and multimedia professor at Franciscan University.

The Pope Pius XI Award will be presented to Professor Ronald J. Rychlak for his noted scholarly defense of Pope Pius XII, as well as his collaboration with the Holy See United Nations Mission. The Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award will be presented to Maggie Gallagher for her work in defense of traditional marriage.

Headquartered at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the SCSS is an organization of Catholic scholars and others in the social sciences fields who seek to promote awareness of the social teachings of the Church and to build up a body of distinctively Catholic social science scholarship.

Those directing conference panels include Rev. Michael Agliardo, SJ, Loyola University Chicago; professor Ronald J. Rychlak, University of Mississippi School of Law; Dr. Robert Gorman, Texas State University-San Marcos; Dr. John P. Nelson, Pittsburgh psychiatrist in private practice; and Dr. Andrew M. Essig, DeSales University.

Registration fees are as follows: $45 for SCSS members, $55 for non-members, and $20 for full-time students. Payment may be made by check or money order. Meals are an additional cost.

Visit to register and to find out more about the conference. For registration questions, please call Carrie Libetti at 740-284-5262 or email her at


Franciscan University of Steubenville  OH, 43952 US
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