Unfolding a Post-Roe World

Unfolding a Post-Roe World

Unfolding a Post-Roe World

by Francis Etheredge

Unfolding a Post-Roe World is the second edition of what had formerly been entitled The ABCQ of Conceiving Conception. It explores what is involved in grasping the beginning of each of us – but we need the truth to open the heart to love for it to be helpful in humanizing us. If we are equally given the gift of existence, why are we, who are born, the judges of those who will be born or not?

This second edition helps the reader to see more clearly both the “light” and the “dark” of seeking a stable account of the American Constitution, from the point of view of perceiving the right to life of all. But as with Poland’s perseverance in the Christian faith in the course of two atheistic types of social domination, and along with Germany and Italy’s protection of the human embryo, in different but complementary ways, we see that countries can have a vocation in world history. Thus, the ongoing debate on the 14th Amendment of the American Constitution has assumed a vocational witness on behalf of the whole human family.

Scientists can help us see the reality of the first instant of fertilization being the beginning of human existence – but we need an educated humanity to go beyond the technicalities to the appreciation and development of the relationships that come to exist. To this end, Unfolding a Post-Roe World explores both an ongoing willingness to adapt our speech to our listeners and the continuing help of God to enable us to go forward in a spirit of forgiveness and understanding of all that is involved.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Revisiting the Publisher’s Blurb

A Biography and New Foreword by Kiki Latimer: Biography; the New Forward: On the Reality of the Human Person: One in Body and Soul; On the Dignity of Women; To Choose Life; On the Reasonable Recognition of the Person; On the Coercive Choice; On the Objective Beginning of Personhood; On the Good of the Family

Excerpt from an interview with Elizabeth Kirk on Promoting Adoption in America

Part I: Refocussing the Heart of this Book

What is in a Title? Unfolding A Post-Roe World: Conception: An Unfolding Content; Rights Are Integral to Human Existence;
The help We Need to Understand What Is not so “Familiar; Conception: An Unfolding Content; Conception Expresses Both Uniqueness and Relationship; Questions; Is My Body Mine?; This Book; Five Parts

Part II: The Teaching of Experience: Law; Analogies; and Gardening: Comprising Chapters One and Two; Five examples of the image as a counterargument

Chapter One: An Imaginative use of Gardening and Plant Life: Part I: The Science of Plant Reproduction; Part II: Teaching through the Everyday Experience of Growing Vegetables: Tomato Seeds, Plants and Conception; The Early, Hidden Development of Both Tomato Plant and Embryonic Child; Conception and Growing Potatoes; The Integrity of Human Being; Plant Loss and Human Sorrow

Chapter Two: A Unitary Beginning of One or Many: Two Views: Immediate or Delayed Animation; The Possibility of a Single Answer to When Did I begin? Embryology: What is One Organism? Reverting to What is Original; A Difference of Words: Embryo and Child?

Part III: Literary Truths and the Literal Truth: Comprising Chapters Three and Four

Chapter Three: Passing Through the Past to the Present: From the “literal” use of an Image to the Truth of Embryology; Stage One: Taking the Comparison with a Plant to be Literally True; Stage Two: Movement, Sensation and the Rearing of Young; Stage Three: Rational Ensoulment; A Concluding Reflection: Towards Understanding Human Ensoulment; The Greatest Natural Transformation: The Unfolding of Conception

Chapter Four: Scripture and Theology: Word and Dogma: The Word of God and Dogma; A Variety of Witnesses to Human Conception – Beginning with Eve; Job; David; the Martyred Mother of Her Seven Martyred Sons; Mary: The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception and Human Conception

Part IV: What is Certain and What is Uncertain about Conception: Comprising Chapters Five, Six and Seven; Conversion to Reality

Chapter Five: The Teaching of the Church and the Problem of Uncertainty: Prologue: A Modern Moment; Introduction: Who is My Neighbour; The Problem of Uncertainty in both Church Teaching and the 14th Amendment

Chapter Six: On the Interpretation of Texts: Particularly “Amendment 14”: Amendment 14; Mr. Justice Rehnquist, Dissenting; On the Question of the Rightful Protection of Women; and The Principle of Determining an Appropriate Level of Legal Action

Chapter Seven: An Answer to the Uncertainty of What or Who Exists at Conception: What is the Experience of Women in Pregnancy?; The Witness of Each One of Us; A Discussion on the Teachings of the Catholic Church and the “Opinion of the Court”; A Clarification as Regards the Teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas; The Contribution of Revelation and Dogma; A Variety of Bioethical Declarations; Gravitating to a Consensus

Part V: Unfolding a Post-Roe World: Comprising Chapters Eight, Nine and Ten; Distinguishing Actual and Potential Human Life

Chapter Eight: Roe v Wade: The Ongoing Arguments of Benefit to us All: Justice Beyond a Change of Justices (i); Viability is for Life (ii); Choice, Burdens, and their Alleviation (iii); Bodily Integrity, Liberty, Equality and the Constitution (iv); Brain Death and Abortion (v); Abortion and the Advancement of Women (vi); True Justice is Irreversible (vii)

Chapter Nine: A New Beginning: The Opinion of the American Supreme Court; A Book by John Strege: Hannah: The First Child Adopted as a Frozen Embryo; ITEST Webinars Entitled “A Post-Roe World” (I) and “Bioethics and Law: Understanding the Nexus: Truth and Meaning in Constitutional Jurisprudence” (II) and The ongoing challenge: Is There a Right to Life in the American Constitution?; A Possible Comparison between the Legislative Variations of American States and a Precept of the European Court; Coercion: Personal and Social; An Ectopic Pregnancy: Fear, Truth and Opportunity; Pope Francis on Justice, the Bond of Fraternity and Peace

Chapter 10: A Conclusion in Three Parts: Part I: Lest we Forget Mother, Child and Father; Part II: The Wider Implications for a Post-Roe World: Three Loci: To Know our Identity; a Move Towards the Further Denial of Being Human; and Change; and Part III: The Disruptive Power of the Word of God: The Human Unpredictability of an Answer to Prayer: The Will of God

A Very Distinguished Testimony: Saint Teresa of Calcutta; Where To Get Help? “Seek and you will find” (Mt 7: 7): Help with Pregnancy or Post-Abortion Counselling; Dr. Pat Castle: ‘78% of post-abortion mothers said if they had encountered ONE supportive person or encouraging message, they would have chosen life.’ And, therefore, he founded “Life Runners”: they wear ‘“REMEMBER The Unborn” jerseys as a public witness in over 3,300 cities’.; A Testimony from a Man to Men: An Unexpected Joy: An Unprecedented Pain; Joy and Pain Express “Relationship”; “Indelible”; and the “Rise of Articles on St. Joseph and Fatherhood

Further Reading: A Variety of Prior Work on Conception and Specific Documents of the Catholic Church in English


REVIEWS OF THE SECOND EDITION

Christine Sunderland, in ChristineSunderland.com (November 13, 2022). To read, click here. To download as a PDF, click here.


REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION

Christine Sunderland, in ChristineSunderland.com (May 15, 2022). To read, click here. To download as a PDF, click here.

Eileen Quinn Knight, in Profiles in Catholicism. (March 26, 2022). To read, click here.


TESTIMONIALS FOR THE SECOND EDITION

“I find this book feels far more complete than the first version, particularly due to the comments on Dobbs v Jackson. I think this book makes excellent material for educating Catholics, but also to persuade other Christians of our views. The book is educational and convincing, but also moving. It proposes the case of Natural Law with charity and compassion for all. I hadn’t heard about the reimplantation of ectopic pregnancies before. I have found that a lot of talk around abortion differs from other areas of medicine in that people have little belief in the improvement of the science of fertility. For example, I have noticed that many of the people I have talked to about abortion tend to think the risk of maternal death is much higher than it really is. They don’t know that ‘viability’ or rather survivability of an unborn child is quickly becoming earlier and earlier. They also don’t share a vision or hope that medicine could improve with new techniques or technologies that would mean both mother and child could survive in almost all cases. Thank you for the updated version – I thought the new foreword, along with the new afterword were particularly powerful pieces.” Michal Paszkiewicz, BSc Theoretical Physics, PgDip Science and Religion at Mobile Technical Lead at Navico Group

“This book, with the new foreword by Kiki Latimer, presents a suitable commentary on the issue of abortion. The poetic-theological “seasoning” of it brings an appropriate touch to the philosophical sensibility of Etheredge’s position, which operates with respect to the legal and social data of a pre- and post-Roe world. Etheredge’s overall approach is, I think, helpful because, on one hand, it squelches a popular tendency to reject any attempt at rational discourse about abortion while, on the other hand, employing basic principles of bioethics—and, to a lesser, though still informative, extent, metaphysics—so to present the dynamism of the issue at hand in a winsome manner. I anticipate that this book will serve as a positive guide, one which will lead its reader along a path of deep reflection concerning the genesis of human life—scientifically, philosophically, and theologically—and therein elicit a fundamental ethical question that should face each of us in our present epoch: What, exactly, are the metaphysical, moral, and theological implications of discontinuing, destroying, and discounting human life at its most vulnerable? My prayer for this book is that it will prompt the reader to reflect deeply on the question of human origins, and do so along the same lines as that “true metaphysician,” St. Bonaventure, did: that human life belongs supremely to the originating principle of the Father, and to the receiving principle of the Son, and to the terminating end of the Holy Spirit, ‘the Lord, the Giver of Life.'”Lance H. Gracy, M.A., Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas, Department of Philosophy and Religion
“What Francis Etheredge has done here with “Unfolding a Post-Roe World” is tremendous. His work of cutting through the legal jargon and red tape of the American Constitution surrounding the recent Dobbs v. Jackson case is extraordinary. With patience and undebatable precision, Etheredge combs through various questions regarding life, existence, conception and the arguments against basic human rights: the rights of the unborn child. “Unfolding a Post- Roe World” reads clearly with strength and undeniable truth as the leading voice of defence for the defenceless. This book is without a doubt a clear outline for how we as a world can navigate these ethically complex times we find ourselves a part of.” – Annemarie Thimons, Director of Communications, MyCatholicWill.com

“In this short work, Francis Etheredge applies evidence and argument from different disciplines to the question of human personhood. His reasoning is thorough, patient, and infused with love. He establishes the personhood of the child in the womb from the moment of the joining of sperm and egg and lays out a convincing case for the 14th Amendment’s protection of all human life.” – Christine Kasun Moruza, Superior Court Judge (Ret.), Alameda County, CA, USA


TESTIMONIALS FOR THE FIRST EDITION

“With the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade, cogent arguments are needed to help people understand the moral evil of abortion as the issue returns to the democratic process. Francis Etheredge has made a significant contribution to this debate with the publication of The ABCQ of Conceiving Conception. In it, he makes a persuasive case for the personhood of the unborn child by unpacking the meaning of conception. Using images from botany, zoology, philosophy, and theology, Etheredge accompanies readers on a journey to the discovery of conception as the necessary beginning of human life, with all its attendant rights.” – Thomas D. Williams, PhD. Author of Who Is My Neighbor? Personalism and the Foundation of Human Rights

“The moment of conception can be described as a mystery and miracle. Even from a secular perspective, the beginning of human life carries immense wonder. Notwithstanding our modern medico-scientific understanding of human embryology, the use of analogy remains a valuable means for grasping the marvel of conception. Borrowing illustration from gardening and plant growth, Francis Etheredge in The ABCQ of Conception offers an accessible introduction to this wondrous moment. By seeing human conception for what it is – the beginning of a human person’s life – Etheredge shows that each human being is a unique gift invested with dignity. As conception initiates an innate developmental process that seamlessly leads to a mature human individual, Etheredge compellingly argues that impeding this process for non- therapeutic reasons amounts to a transgression against the natural right to develop, entailing the need to protect human life from the moment of conception.” – Eric Manuel Torres, BHlthSci, MOrthoptics (LaTrobe), MNSc (Melb), GradDipTheol, MTS (CTC/UDiv), GradCertEdu [Specialist Inclusive] (Deakin), CertIIIBAdmin (S.Russo), AOBR, MOA, RN, Assoc. Member CMAV. Catholic moral theologian and bioethicist.

“The commonest argument put forward to justify abortion is that the unborn child belongs to the mother. It is therefore her body, her choice. This book beautifully dismantles such a view: ‘our bodies express each one of us’ from conception till natural death. Our very biological make-up says so: once pregnant, the mother’s immune system has to let it accept the presence of a different human being growing inside of her. The book demonstrates admirably and by means of analogy that the unborn child is no more part of the woman’s body than a plant is a part of the soil it is growing in. Of course, the plant needs the soil and the unborn child needs his or her mother. The book seeks to stimulate the founding of an internationally binding charter which envisions the natural integrity of every human being from conception till natural death. It is my firm belief that this work has given us a rational foundation to propose this.” – Dr. Pravin Thevathasan, MB.BS, MRPsych, MSc (Medical Ethics) Consultant Psychiatrist and Editor, Catholic Medical Quarterly

“In his verse, the French Catholic poet Charles Peguy loved to celebrate beginnings and origins. The first beginning for all of us, the starting-point of the great adventure of our human life, is conception in our mothers’ wombs. Francis Etheredge deserves our gratitude for helping us understand and appreciate its beauty.” – Fr. John Saward, author of several books, including Redeemer in the Womb

“What Francis Etheredge elucidates so clearly within the pages of The ABCQ of Conception is that every human life is sacred, that human life possesses a dignity beyond that of plants and animals. Why? Because from the beginning — from the very moment of our conception — we are formed in our mother’s womb in the image and likeness of God. Every human life would not be life at all without the direct intervention of God, who infuses a rational soul into a body, uniting spirit and matter. Etheredge leads the reader toward a heartfelt gratitude to God for the gift of life and the recognition that every human life is something to be marveled at and reverenced, not trivialized and exploited. He illuminates well the responsibility of every Christian and person of good-will to seek out the just and legal means necessary to protect innocent human lives from their inception. This work is much needed and timely in its arrival.” – Rev. Kenneth M. Dos Santos, MIC, Provincial Secretary, BVM, Mother of Mercy Province; author of Hagia Sophia: The Wisdom of God as Offered to the Modern World

“In his book The ABCQ of Conception, Francis Etheredge takes advantage of our natural experience of living things—such as the potato and its life cycle—to help us bridge the modern ‘gap’ in understanding when life begins in the human person. Regarding our conception, Etheredge states, ‘there is a common agreement that ‘something’ comes to exist at conception. The question is, then, what comes to exist at conception?’ —A basic question, yet so profound. I laughed out loud because it struck me with its simple logic and undeniable philosophical truth. Another of his questions begs an equally unmistakable answer: “What is so disappointing about a miscarriage? Surely it has nothing to do with the abstract claim of losing a blob of cells…” The ABCQ of Conception aids us in acknowledging the beginning of human life—so vitally important for those in the womb; conceived by invitro; in frozen embryo form; experimented upon; and whose DNA is mixed with animal DNA creating chimeras. All persons have a God-given right to their natural human development and their distinct familial history and experience of siblings, grandparents, and other natural relations. Etheredge sums up his book, poignantly, in one clear statement: “…if the truth establishes our common human identity then it establishes, at the same time, our ethical responsibility for each other.” This responsibility, therefore, creates necessity for global acceptance of the beginning of human life for proper respect, protection, care, and posterity of humanity and the natural family unit.” – Kimberly Bruce, MA Theology, author of The Gender Link to the Human Soul and Look at the SON: The Fruit of Medjugorje

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mr. Francis Etheredge is married with eight children, plus three in heaven.

Francis is the author of Scripture: A Unique Word, and a trilogy From Truth and Truth (Volume I-“Faithful Reason”; Volume II-“Faith and Reason in Dialogue”; Volume III-“Faith Is Married Reason”), all of which are published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; The Human Person: A Bioethical Word, The Family on Pilgrimage: God Leads through Dead Ends, The Prayerful Kiss, Conception: An Icon of the Beginning, Mary and Bioethics: An Exploration, and Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry, all of which are published by En Route Books and Media.

Francis is currently a freelance writer and speaker and his “Posts” on LinkedIn can be viewed here. Poetry; short articles; autobiographical blog; excerpts from books; and “Philosophize: A Ten Minute Write.”

See Francis’ other books, too, entitled Scripture: A Unique WordFrom Truth and truth: Volume I-Faithful ReasonFrom Truth and truth: Volume II: Faith and Reason in DialogueFrom Truth and truth: Volume III: Faith is Married Reason.

He has earned a BA Div (Hons), MA in Catholic Theology, PGC in Biblical Studies, PGC in Higher Education, and an MA in Marriage and Family (Distinction).

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“Para contrarrestar la idea de que los santos y los místicos son ajenos a la vida cotidiana, la Dra. Kristina Olsen, en Principles of Change: Teresa of Avila’s Carmelite Reform and Insights from Change Management muestra a Teresa de Ávila muy implicada en el tratamiento de los problemas relacionales y la resistencia a la reforma en las comunidades carmelitas que fundó. La espiritualidad es una disciplina interdisciplinaria, pero Olsen lleva los estudios de espiritualidad en una nueva dirección al recurrir al campo de la administración de empresas. Lo que surge es una apreciación mucho más rica del talento de Teresa de Ávila, ya que Olsen destaca el talento de la mística para la gestión y la reforma de las organizaciones. La resonancia entre los esfuerzos contemporáneos para motivar a la gente a adoptar las nuevas tecnologías y el enfoque de Teresa para invitar a sus monjas a la reforma es sorprendente. Esta obra innovadora es una importante contribución a los estudios teresianos”. – Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B., Ph.D., Director, Programa de Doctorado en Espiritualidad, Escuela de Teología y Estudios Religiosos, Universidad Católica de América

“Este es un libro sorprendentemente oportuno que nos enseña cómo el conocimiento y la religión han convivido durante siglos. El libro describe convincentemente cómo Teresa utilizó lo que podríamos llamar ‘principios de cambio organizativo’ para realizar cambios importantes en los monasterios carmelitas. Teresa abordó problemas no muy diferentes a los nuestros hoy en día: gestión incompetente, moral laxa, falta de dirección clara. La Dra. Olsen muestra cómo las estrategias que empleó Teresa pueden utilizarse, y se utilizan, para animar a los trabajadores a adoptar y aceptar las nuevas tecnologías. Eso incluye fomentar una actitud favorable tanto a la tecnología como al cambio, viendo los beneficios de adoptar la nueva tecnología. La autora se basa en los estudios sobre el “comportamiento planificado”, la gestión de la resistencia, la innovación y la “aceptación”. La Dra. Olsen conoce su temática. Durante varios años, ha enseñado la espiritualidad carmelita y otras materias en el Colegio y Seminario de los Santos Apóstoles en Cromwell, CT. Sus estudios de Doctorado en Administración de Empresas culminaron con su disertación sobre “El papel de la actitud en la aceptación y adopción de la tecnología de la información”. Principles of Change muestra que el liderazgo, el conocimiento y la espiritualidad pueden ser compatibles. De hecho, pueden ser justo lo que la sociedad necesita hoy en día”. – James P. Gelatt, Ph.D., Profesor, Doctor en Administración de Empresas, Universidad de MD Global Campus

Sobre la Autora

La Dra. Kristina Olsen tiene un Doctorado en Teología y Espiritualidad  (Ph.D) de la Universidad Católica de América,  otro Doctorado en Adminstracion de Empresas (D.B.A).de la Universidad de Maryland, y una Maestria en Ciencias de la Computación (M.S.) de la Universidad Northwestern. También tiene certificaciones en Gestión de Proyectos (PMP) y Gestión del Cambio (PCP). Está jubilada de  los Laboratiorios Bell, donde fue miembro del personal técnico. Actualmente trabaja en la Oficina de Innovación y Tecnología de la Ciudad de Filadelfia. También imparte cursos de Teología, Negocios y Tecnologías de la Información en varias universidades. Es miembro de la Orden Seglar de los Carmelitas Descalzos (OCDS).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Dennis Bonnette retired as a Full Professor of Philosophy in 2003 from Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. He taught philosophy there for thirty-six years and served as Chairman of the Philosophy Department from 1992 to 2002. He lives in Youngstown, New York, with his wife, Lois. They have seven adult children and twenty-five grandchildren. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1970. Dr. Bonnette taught philosophy at the college level for 40 years and has taught free courses at the Aquinas School of Philosophy in Lewiston, New York. He is the author of two books, Aquinas’ Proofs for God’s Existence (The Hague: Martinus-Nijhoff, 1972) and Origin of the Human Species (Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, third edition, 2014), and many scholarly articles.

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2) Authoritarian Politically Correct and Cancel Culture standards of moral righteousness; and,

3) Woke mentality that employs social and mainstream media to transform the “people” into a conformist, hive-minded ruling mob.

This book demonstrates in an Augustinian manner how contemporary Progressivism, to its own detriment, has become a political ideology and can no longer be considered a political philosophy.

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TESTIMONIALS

“What kind of Catholics are needed in modern politics? Considering Thomas Michaud’s book After Justice: Catholic Challenges to Contemporary Culture, Politics, Education and Economics, one can argue that modern politics especially needs Catholics of intelligence and virtue. For only an intelligent Catholic will recognize the fact that the contemporary political forum is under the spell of Progressivism, giving preference to opinion over truth, positive law over natural law, and ideology over philosophy. In turn, only a virtuous Catholic will be able to oppose the power of Progressive nominalism, conventionalism, and manipulation in the most ethical and effective way. With Michaud’s book comes the hope that the intelligence and virtue that make up Catholic ethos will also make it possible to protect current and future culture, politics, education, and economics against the disastrous consequences of Progressivism.” – Fr. Paweł Tarasiewicz, Ph.D. – Adler–Aquinas Institute, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA

“Thomas A. Michaud’s After Justice is a collection of the author’s articles focused on issues fundamental to understanding Western culture, including philosophy, religion, politics, democracy, leadership, education, rhetoric, and economics. Michaud explains these issues, pointing to their threats occurring in contemporary reality, as well as showing the deep context of philosophical transformations taking place in these areas of culture. He explains in a very perceptive way the causes of the phenomena discussed, which include nihilism, relativism, progressivism, atheism, liberalism, individualism, collectivism, and totalitarianism. The problems explored here are fundamental and eminently practical issues, both for humanity itself and for our culture.  The path we take in explaining them, however, is extremely important. It must be an authentic philosophical cognition, which is built on the search for knowledge of the ultimate truth about the meaning of human life, as well as reality as a whole. This cognition, which is essentially at the service of the truth and respect for the human good, offers the chance to reveal and overcome the evils of various errors and ideologies. Such is the very rich philosophical perspective that this book presents to us.” – Dr. Habil. Imelda Chłodna-Błach, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

“Tom Michaud is a genuinely unforgettable character. He has a certain American quality in strength of character and voice, and yet these qualities are complemented by a graceful and dexterous imagination, a razor-sharp intellect, and an irrepressible sense of humor. These talents combine to make him an arresting storyteller, with a talent for perceiving in ordinary events grounds for extraordinary narrations. Dr. Michaud is also an accomplished academic of international renown. He is a philosopher’s philosopher because he loves the truth, fortified by the conviction that reason and realism are necessary conditions to find the truth. As a lover of reason, he also explores truth in Christian teachings, recognizing, as did Aquinas, that reason is faith’s best friend. This book is both an intellectual treasure and a remedy for our deformed times, especially for those who hope for the triumph of justice.” – Professor Dr. Hab. Piotr Jaroszyinski, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas A. Michaud, Retired, Dean, School of Professional Studies and Professor of Philosophy, West Liberty University (WLU) earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Marquette University and his B.A. (Honors) from Fairfield University (CT). He has taught at Wheeling Jesuit University, Marquette University, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD), Siena University (NY), and Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO). His international experience includes a Smith Fellowship for the Husserl Archives at the University of Louvain (Leuven), Belgium, a Senior Fulbright Lectureship for the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the inaugural lecturer for the Rev. Jacek Woroniecki Memorial English Language Lectures in Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.

Emphasizing his “common sense” approach, he has held seminars in leadership and ethics for many government and civic groups, professional associations, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions (including Duke Univ.’s Fuqua School of Business MBA program). In addition, Tom has designed and delivered extensive leadership ethics education programs for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., Columbia Gulf Transmission Company, Columbia Natural Resources Corp., Cabela’s Distribution Center and Dermox Corp.

He is the recipient of a WV Humanities Council Research Fellowship, former Director of the WV Business and Professional Ethics Project, a Kettering Foundation Contract Scholar, and a past-President of the Gabriel Marcel Society. He is also past-Vice President of the WV Humanities Council, and a former member of the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Besides writing a business ethics and leadership column (1996 to 2007) for The State Journal (WV’s leading business newspaper), he also has regularly written editorials for Nasz Djiennik (a Polish Catholic newspaper). His course text, The Virtues of Business Ethics, is published by Copley Custom Publishing Group, Third Edition, 2010.  His numerous papers, articles and reviews include publications in Philosophy Today, Renascence, The Review of Metaphysics, The Philosophy Research Archives, The lnter-American Review of Bibliography, Studia Gilsoniana, Man in Culture, The Kettering Review, Higher Education Exchange, Studia Philosophiae Christianae, Business Ethics Magazine and Ethics West Virginia. The anthology he edited and introduced, Gabriel Marcel and the Postmodern World, appeared as a special double volume of the Journal of the American Society of Philosophy in the French Language. He was also the Guest Editor for and a contributor to the Gabriel Marcel special issue of The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.

Dr. Michaud regularly designed courses for, taught in, developed and implemented various types of non-traditional, accelerated adult degree completion programs.  These include both undergraduate and graduate (Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Professional Studies- MPS) programs. As Dean, Michaud essentially started the WLU School of Professional Studies (SPS), initiating its programs (Bachelor of Leadership and Administration, Professional Studies course concentrations, Master of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Justice Leadership) and contributing to the management of the WLU Highlands Center.

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por Obispo Felipe J. Estévez, S.T.D., y Obispo Andrew H. Cozzens, S.T.D.

¡Ahora en español!

En este libro se dan muchas referencias que asisten en la formación integral y que tienen en cuenta las necesidades humanas y espirituales de cada seminarista católico. El libro está dividido en tres secciones. La primera parte del libro suministra la meditación espiritual y teológica para ayudar a los sacerdotes y seminaristas a entender el don del celibato del esposo. La segunda parte del volumen presenta una colección de recursos psicológicos para la formación de la madurez afectiva. La tercera parte de este trabajo suministra las herramientas espirituales para profundizar la madurez afectiva. En esta sección lo espiritual y lo psicológico se unen, tal como lo saben los buenos formadores espirituales, para obtener una visión de la libertad espiritual de un hombre afectivamente maduro. La finalidad de este libro es escribir un recurso de ayuda espiritual y psicológica profunda que engendre madurez afectiva y una fructífera y casta celibato para la renovación de la formación de sacerdotes. Este es el deseo de la Iglesia expresado en la Ratio Fundamentalis de 2016 y en el Programa de formación sacerdotal, sexta edición. Esperamos que los formadores en el seminario, los seminaristas y muchos más encuentren en este libro un recurso que les ayude en su misión.

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TESTIMONIALS

“¡Esposos espirituales – Padres espirituales es una profunda contribución a la Iglesia y debe ser una lectura prioritaria para todos los obispos como formación episcopal permanente esencial! Esta colección de recursos, editada por los obispos, Estévez y Cozzens, proporciona una presentación esencial del celibato y una guía práctica para todos los que tienen encomendada la obra de formación en el seminario. La comprensión del celibato sacerdotal ricamente desarrollada en estos artículos es un recurso único en la Iglesia para formadores de seminarios, obispos y clérigos. Esposos Espirituales – Los Padres Espirituales serán altamente referenciados en el trabajo de formación sacerdotal para las generaciones venideras”. — Mons. Joseph Hanefeldt, Diocesis de Grand Island, Nebraska

“A menudo miramos a los sacerdotes como ‘Padres Espirituales’ y rara vez como ‘Esposos Espirituales’. Es un enfoque interesante y abarcador profundamente arraigado en la teología patrística con el objetivo de preparar a los seminaristas de hoy afectiva, intelectual, pastoral y espiritualmente para asumir ese papel de entregarse a la Iglesia (esposos) y al pueblo (padres)”. — Mons. A. Elias Zaidan, Eparquía Maronita de Nuestra Señora de Líbano de Los Ángeles.

“Tanto los obispos Estévez como Cozzens, así como los otros contribuyentes a este libro, tienen amplios antecedentes de formación en seminarios y clérigos, y ofrecen muchas ideas útiles tanto para formadores como para discernidores. Los autores ofrecen perspectivas equilibradas, aunque matizadas, para ayudar a nuestros futuros sacerdotes a entenderse a sí mismos como padres castos, célibes, padres espirituales y novios de la Iglesia. Los artículos contenidos en este documento ayudarán en la formación de hombres sanos e íntegros que sean capaces de convertirse, para el pueblo de Dios, en donación de sí mismos, a través del autoconocimiento y la curación. Después de casi una docena de años como formador de seminario, encuentro este libro una contribución útil a mi trabajo con ideas a las que a menudo volveré para una mayor oración y reflexión”. — Mons. David L.Toups, S.Th.D., Obispo de la Diocesis  de Beaumont, Texas, ex Rector/Presidente, St. Vincent de Paul Seminario Regional, Boynton Beach, Florida

“El llamado de cada discípulo cristiano es hacer un don sincero de sí mismo en amor y sacrificio por el bien del otro. Para el sacerdote, esto sucede de manera especial a través del carisma del celibato casto, donde se configura como novio de Cristo en su amor por la Iglesia. Este libro ayudará a los formadores de seminario en su tarea de ayudar a los seminaristas a recibir este precioso don y equiparlos para vivirlo por el resto de sus días en un servicio gozoso a la Iglesia”.  — Padre Joseph C. Taphorn, JCL, Rector, Seminario de Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Esposos Espirituales – Padres Espirituales proporciona un exceso de riquezas para aquellos involucrados en el trabajo de formación sacerdotal. La variedad de autores proporciona una profundidad de perspectiva, y las múltiples áreas de experiencia representadas en este documento aseguran una presentación que es a la vez global y equilibrada. Este volumen será una adición bienvenida a la biblioteca de cualquier persona involucrada en el trabajo de formar a los futuros sacerdotes de la Iglesia de Cristo”. — Padre Robert S. Horihan, Rector del Seminario del Inmaculado Corazón de María, Winona, MN.

“El Papa San Juan Pablo II escribió en Pastores Dabo Vobis, n. 44. ‘ La madurez humana, y en particular la madurez afectiva, requiere una formación clara y fuerte en libertad». Los ensayos de este volumen ayudarán a formadores y seminaristas a formarse en la libertad que conduce a la madurez afectiva. Agradecido a los autores por este trabajo”. Mons. Dan Trapp, Director de  Formación Espiritual del Seminario del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Detroit.

“En estos tiempos difíciles en la historia de nuestra Iglesia, este libro es muy oportuno.  En estas páginas, los católicos descubrirán de nuevo la belleza del don del sacerdocio y la sabiduría de la Iglesia. Este libro es verdaderamente un tesoro de formación de artículos y ensayos inspiradores no solo para sacerdotes, seminaristas y sus directores espirituales y formadores, sino para todos los católicos que aman a la Iglesia y buscan inspiración y consejos prácticos para su propio crecimiento personal en santidad”. — Alicia G. Goodwin, M.A.T.S., Presidente de la Casa de Oración Nuestra Señora de la Divina Providencia®

“San Juan Pablo II escribió una vez: ‘Vive tu vida en la dimensión del don’. Toda vocación tiene que ver con esto; ciertamente el Santo Sacerdocio. Pero nemo dat quod non habet: uno no puede dar lo que no tiene. Es precisamente porque la auto posesión siempre precipita el don de uno mismo que requiere madurez afectiva. Esta colección de 22 artículos sobre la madurez afectiva es un tesoro para directores de vocaciones y formadores de seminarios escritos por algunos de los mejores educadores. ¡Será una tremenda bendición a medida que la Iglesia continúe progresando en la implementación de la Ratio!” — Padre Brett A. Brannen, autor de To Save A Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood

“Basándose en las Sagradas Escrituras, los Padres de la Iglesia, los místicos, los concilios ecuménicos y los escritores espirituales contemporáneos, “Esposos espirituales – Padres espirituales,” habla directamente del deseo de cada sacerdote de una mayor conformidad con Cristo Sumo Sacerdote, a través de una relación más íntima y vivificante con María. Será una herramienta útil, especialmente para aquellos encargados de la formación de futuros sacerdotes en medio de estos tiempos difíciles”.   — Padre Mark Ivany, Director de Vocaciones Sacerdotales, Arquidiócesis de Washington, Director de Formación Pastoral, Seminario San Juan Pablo II

Esposos Espirituales – Padres Espirituales presenta una visión cautivadora para la formación sacerdotal basada en el llamado universal de todos los hombres a la paternidad fundada en un llamado esponsal. Ya sea que este llamado sea al matrimonio carnal, o espiritual, se cumple genuinamente con un compromiso maduro con un don de sí mismo libre, total, fiel y fructífero a su amada. Para el sacerdote, este don sincero de sí mismo se vive auténticamente a través del celibato casto, liberándolo para cumplir su llamado a ser el padre espiritual de su rebaño. Esta antología de artículos es un complemento importante a los recursos de formación sacerdotal”. — Catherine Loh, M.A. Teología, Diocesis de Palm Beach, Director de Matrimonios, Vida Familiar, Formación de la Fe, y Ministerio Joven.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

El Muy Rev. Obispo Felipe J. Estévez, S.T.D., nació el 5 de Febrero de 1946 en la Habana, Cuba y llegó a los Estados Unidos en la operación de los vuelos Pedro Pan cuando era todavía un adolecente. Fue ordenado en 1970 y ha hecho estudios extensivos en teología espiritual obteniendo su doctorado en la universidad Gregoriana de Roma. Habla con fluidez inglés, español, francés e italiano. De 2001 a 2003, el obispo Estévez sirvió como director espiritual en el Seminario Regional San Vincente de Paúl en Boynton Beach, Florida, en donde sirvió como rector entre 1980 y 1986. Durante 14 años, fue el pastor de San Agatha en Miami, dirigiendo al mismo tiempo el ministerio universitario en la universidad Florida International. El 21 de noviembre de 2003, fue nombrado Obispo Auxiliar y ordenado el 7 de enero de 2004. Estuvo a cargo de los servicios pastorales de la arquidiócesis incluyendo la vida familiar, la juventud, prisiones y respeto a los ministerios de la vida y de todos los movimientos de la iglesia y de las nuevas comunidades. En el año 2010, fue nombrado Vicario General de la Arquidiócesis de Miami. En Abril 27 de 2011, el Papa Benedicto XVI nombró al Obispo Auxiliar Felipe J. Estévez el décimo Obispo de San Agustin. En junio 2 de 2011, en la Iglesia Católica de San José de Jacksonville fue consagrado como Obispo. El obispo Estevez es el segundo de los tres hijos (Carlos y Marty) del difunto Adriano y Estrella Estévez.

El Reverendo Andrew Cozzens, S.T.D., es el obispo auxiliar de la Archidiócesis de San Pablo de Minneapolis. Actuó como formador del seminario durante ocho años, en el foro externo, profesor y rector interino. En el momento sirve como presidente del Consejo de Formación de Seminaristas, del cual también es socio fundador, y es el presidente del Instituto de Formación de Sacerdotes con sede en Omaha, Nebraska. Su disertación doctoral la hizo en Imago Vivens Iesu Christi Sponsi Ecclesiae: el sacerdote como imagen viviente de Jesucristo el Novio de la Iglesia a través de los consejos evangélicos, enfocado en la relación entre el sacerdote y los consejos evangélicos, basados en el llamado al sacerdocio para vivir en imitación de Jesucristo, el Novio de la Iglesia.

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by Dr. Donald G Boland

This book seeks to provide a relatively complete basis for the understanding of political science as presented by Aristotle, with the help of Saint Thomas Aquinas mainly by way of his (partial) commentary on Aristotle’s Politics and his own work “On Kingship”

There is sufficient in this we believe to give anyone good philosophical grounds for a solid critique of the modern studies, not only in Political Science and related subjects, but also, taken together with our book Economic Science and Saint Thomas Aquinas, in Economic Science. Indeed, such a critique seen in the light of the practical ethical principles brought out in the study of Aristotle and Aquinas may justifiably be such as to rise to the level of a severe condemnation simply from the standpoint of common morality and common sense.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donald G Boland, LL. B., Ph. D., is a founding member of the Centre for Catholic Studies Inc. in Sydney, Australia, and served as its president. He practiced for a number of years as a lawyer having a degree in law from the University of Sydney. Over much the same time, having obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, he has taught philosophy and law in both Catholic and secular educational institutions, such as the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Aquinas Academy, the Centre for Thomistic Studies Inc., now operating under the name of the Centre for Catholic Studies Inc., and various Catholic seminaries, such as those of the Marists and the Vincentians.

His doctoral thesis was on the concepts of utility and value in economics as found in the works of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. He has maintained a constant interest in the relation between moral, social and political philosophy and modern Economic Science. He has written numerous articles on this subject and has now condensed them into this book.

 

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