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Thursday, February 9, 2023

7 p.m. (reception to follow), St. Thomas More Oratory 

rogers2nd Annual Fides et Ratio Lecture: “Will All be Saved? A Philosophical Critique of Universalism,” Dr. Katherin Rogers (Univ. of Delaware, Department of Philosophy)

Address: 45 Lovett Ave, Newark, DE 19711

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2023-09 – Fides et Ratio


Sunday, December 22, 2019

3–4 p.m., St. Helena’s Catholic Church

Advent Music and Meditations

SCSD board members Elizabeth Stevens (oboe) and Daniel Stevens (piano/cello) present a program of Scripture readings, prayer, and music meant to draw our minds and hearts more deeply into the season of Advent. Advent is a time of joyful anticipation in which Catholics and other Christians prepare their hearts for Christ’s coming, both as a child in the manger at his first coming, and as the triumphant Lord of Hosts at his second.


Credit: St. Helena’s Catholic Church


St. Helena’s Catholic Church
602 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE 19809

Elizabeth Stevens, who holds degrees in oboe performance from the University of South Florida (BM), Northwestern University (MM) and Michigan State University (DMA), is a founding member of the New Castle Trio and teaches oboe students around the Delaware region. Daniel Stevens is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Delaware, whose faculty he joined following his studies in piano and music theory at the University of South Florida (BM), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM), and the University of Michigan (MA and PhD). Daniel and Elizabeth live in Newark, DE and are proud parents to five children.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7–8:30 p.m., Sharp Lab, Rm. 130 (Univ. of Delaware)

Debate: Is Abortion Wrong?

Kate Rogers and Richard Hanley, of the University of Delaware Department of Philosophy, debated the question “Is Abortion Wrong?” on Wednesday, May 8 (7–8:30 p.m.), in Room 130 Sharp Lab on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. This debate was free and open to the public as well as University of Delaware students, faculty and staff.

Attendees got to see two UD philosophers argue about this controversial issue in a civilized manner, leaving plenty of time for a question-and-answer session.


Kate Rogers specializes in medieval philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and free will. Her books include Freedom and Self-Creation: Anselmian Libertarianism, Perfect Being Theology, and Anselm on Freedom.


RICHARD_HANLEYRichard Hanley specializes in metaphysics, the philosophy of language, and philosophy and pop culture. His books include The Metaphysics of Star Trek, The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language, and South Park and Philosophy.

The lecture was sponsored by the Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware and the University of Delaware’s Department of Philosophy.

Kate Rogers
Dept. of Philosophy
University of DE

Monday, April 16, 2018

7–9 p.m., Purnell Hall (University of Delaware)

Prof. Jozef  Zalot (National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia)
Title: “Delivering Health Care Within the Catholic Moral Tradition – Sources, Challenges, and a Vision for Our Contemporary World”

The Catholic Church tells us we should care for the health of our human neighbors from conception to natural death; even the unattractive, the stranger, and the immigrant. But why? And how does this work out in practice?  

Prof. Jozef  Zalot, of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia will address these questions, leaving plenty of time for questions.


Abstract: This presentation will explore the relationship between the Catholic moral tradition and the delivery of health care in the United States. The primary source is the US Catholic bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directive for Catholic Health Care Services (2009, 5th ed.) or ERDs, focusing particular attention on the document’s preamble, general introduction, and chapter one “The Social Responsibility of Catholic Health Care Services.” The presentation will begin by explaining the dual foundations of the ERDs, human dignity and authoritative guidance, and demonstrating how both are firmly rooted within the Catholic tradition. It will then identify 5 principles from the Church’s social tradition that have great relevance for health care, and demonstrate how these principles are challenged by, and pose challenges to, our nation’s health care delivery system(s). The presentation will conclude by proposing a vision for the delivery of health care, one that respects the totality of the human person while also upholding the moral law.

Sponsored by the Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware and the University of Delaware Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy

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Past events:

October 17, 2013:
Stephen M. Barr (Professor, Department of Physics, University of Delaware)
Title: The “God Particle” and Self-Creating Universes

April 22, 2014:
Lawrence M. Principe (Drew Professor of the Humanities, Department of History of Science and Technology and Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University)
Title: The Stubborn Myth of the “Warfare” Between Science and Religion

November 18, 2014:
George S. Weigel (William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studes and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC)
Title: The Mind of Pope Francis

March 24, 2015:
Robert Louis Wilken (William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity (Emeritus) at the University of Virginia )
Title: The Christian Roots of Religious Freedom

February 16, 2016:
Anthony Esolen (Professor of Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization, Providence College )
Title: Dante and the Glorious Liberty of the Children of God

September 26, 2016:
Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. (Professor of History, Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology)
Title: Saint Francis of Assisi: the 100-year search for the man behind the legends

April 20, 2017:
Mark C. Murphy, (McDevitt Professor of Religious Philosophy, Georgetown University)
Title: God Incarnate Under the Moral Law

October 21, 2017:
Audrey Ahern and Patti Defilippis (Saint Luke Productions)
Title: Therese: the Story of a Soul
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