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3 November 2017 – ICOLF Donation Towards Papal Gift of Memorial for Unborn Children Statue by Martin Hudacek

Photo Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. ICOLF donation aided in the purchase the famous post-abortion sculpture of Slovak artist Martin Hudacek to give to Pope Francis on October 21, 2015.

The Crisis Over the Institution of Marriage and Contemporary Bioethics

Luke Gormally brilliantly sets forth and explains flawed philosophical trains of thought that have widely influenced bioethics while undermining the normative institution of marriage.  He cogently argues that while marriage concerns the good of the spouses themselves in that their authentic and total gift of self results in them finding themselves in a sincere giving of […]

10 June 2017 – ICOLF International Conference Leads To Publication on The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: Prevention, Prohibition and Prosecution

In February 2016, an International Expert Group Meeting of the International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family was held at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida to discuss “The persecution of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa: Reflections on certain Legal Strategies thru the Prism of Religious Freedom. Acts of the […]

An Anthropology for the Family Law of Indis/Solubility

In this well written article, Helen M. Alvare suggests that we need a family law based on a sound anthropology of the human person promoting human happiness and wellbeing, an inside-out family law.  Both the empirical evidence of modern scholarship and the historical evidence point to indissolubility as vital to human health and wellbeing.  There […]

Covenant Marriage: An Achievable Legal Response to the Inherent Nature of Marriage and its Various Goods

Katherine Shaw Spaht proposes a form of marriage that is achievable and a far better reflection of God’s plan for marriage than ordinary marriage and its accompanying lax divorce laws.  While only three states have adopted covenant marriage and the institution has not caught on, there is hope that a revitalization and expansion of covenant […]

The Nature of Marriage and its Various Aspects

Cardinal Trujillo discusses marriage comprehensively as a natural and divine institution.  In saying what marriage is, he further elaborates on the many things that it is not; de facto unions, contractual and qualified relationships, and private partnerships, inter alia, all fail to express the reality of marriage on the natural level. But Cardinal Trujillo goes beyond […]

Introductory Remarks to Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo’s The Nature of Marriage and its Various Aspects

These helpful introductory remarks explain the intent and object of Cardinal Trujillo’s essay.  It reaffirms the depth of Cardinal Trujillo’s understanding of the natural quality of marriage affirmed and elevated by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony without taking away any of its natural ends.  This introduction prepares us to understanding […]

Marriage and the Family in Economic Theory and Policy

In this very informative article, Maria Sophia Aguirre discusses the role of the family on economics, and the role of economics on the family.  She argues that the neoclassical economic understanding of the family as individuals acting from a motive of self-interest is woefully inadequate to forming sound economic policies.  This inadequacy essentially results from […]

Judging Marriage: An Experiment in Morals and Conduct

Judge Maura D. Corrigan sets forth a principled understanding of natural marriage and explains the negative consequences upon children when natural marriage is devalued.  She is careful to clarify that judges in the United States are restricted in their authority, that is, they are to interpret and apply the law, not make laws.  Nevertheless, she […]

Cheating Marriage: A Tragedy in Three Acts

This brilliant article by John C. Eastman presents as a tragedy play what is, in fact, a great tragedy.  The tragedy is twofold: (1) the failure of U.S. Courts to respect the institution of marriage between a man and a woman–an institution vital to all societies throughout human history–and (2) the complete disregard for the […]