Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library Lecture Series

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"Conscience and the Common Good," presented by Robert Vischer, Dean and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas Law School

Date & Time:

Monday, April 20, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall

Rights of conscience have moved to the center of an increasingly contentious debate that future Church leaders must be prepared to navigate. Our longstanding commitment to the liberty of conscience has become strained by our muddled understanding of what conscience is and why we value it. Too often, we equate conscience with individual autonomy, and so we reflexively favor the individual in any contest against group authority, losing sight of the fact that a vibrant liberty of conscience requires a vibrant forum of morally distinct groups.

Conscience is formed, articulated and lived out through relationships, and its viability depends on the law’s willingness to protect the associations and venues through which individual consciences can flourish.

Robert Vischer, Dean and Mengler Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, will reframe our debate about conscience by bringing its relational dimension into focus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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