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Murphy Institute's Hot Topics: Cool Talk monthly public speaker series at the School of Law reflects Monsignor Murphy's vision of a Catholic University.

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The integration of law and the Catholic intellectual tradition was the vision of Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, president and chancellor of the University of St. Thomas for more than 35 years. In his book, A Catholic University, Vision and Opportunities, he emphasized the importance of teaching religious and ethical values in classrooms and in public forums as necessary for a healthy society and effective leadership. “For too long religion has been ignored and relegated solely to the private lives of people: their moral convictions were to be left at home and not influence their lives on the job, in community endeavors, or in their relationships with other people; merely ‘private feeling’ should not be brought into classroom instruction. Such a philosophy impoverishes people’s lives and undermines the health of society. For this reason, the conviction that religion should enter the marketplace and public forum became a guiding star that set the direction on the university,” he wrote.

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Murphy Institute offers Teaching Guide for Women, Sex and the Church by Erika Bachiochi

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Teaching Guide now available as a free download.

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Star Tribune publishes point and counterpoint by Professors Collett and Osler

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune publishes two opinion pieces on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment by University of St. Thomas School of Law professors.

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Same Sex Marriage Debate aired on MPR

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From the University of St. Thomas Murphy Institute's "Hot Topics: Cool Talk" Lecture Series, Maggie Gallagher and Dale Carpenter debate the same-sex marriage amendment on the 2012 election ballot in Minnesota. 

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Visiting professors debate morality of lying

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The audio and video “sting operations” by Live Action that exposed Planned Parenthood clinics have spurred controversy about lying. Such a controversy led Catholic Studies master’s program students to chose the question, “Can It Be Morally Permissible to Assert a Falsehood in Service of a Good Cause?” for its Easter Disputation. 

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