• Helen Alvaré
  • Ryan T. Anderson
  • Ursula Cristina Basset
  • Paola Bernardini
  • Emanuele Bilotti
  • Mark Bonner
  • Teresa Collette
  • Robert Fastiggi
  • Carmen Domínguez Hidalgo
  • Maria Hildingsson
  • John Klink
  • Gudrun Kugler
  • Marguerite Peters
  • Grégor Puppnick
  • Elizabeth Schiltz
  • Marie Smith
  • Aleksander Stępkowski
  • Vincenzo Vitale

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December 13, 2017 – Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) Featured On EWTN December 14, 2017

ICOLF Contributor and Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) Treasurer, Brian Scarnecchia, who’s a professor at Ave Maria School of Law in Florida, will be on the EWTN television program, “At Home With Jim and Joy” live on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to talk about the SCSS. People can call in and […]

November 3, 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.

June 10, 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 […]

April 27, 2017 – Reconciling Surrogacy Adversaries Through the Embryo – Katarina Lee

by Katarina Lee • Surrogacy is constantly in the news, with the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell,[1] the recent conviction of an owner of an American surrogacy company,[2] and the recent birth of Lucy Liu’s son via a gestational surrogate.[3] Like many bioethical issues, surrogacy divides individuals into three distinct groups: (A) those who believe surrogacy […]

December 30, 2015 – Catholics and Civil Engagement

Catholics and Civil Engagement: Can America Learn from the Italian Case? A Neo-Thomistic Natural Justice Perspective Paola Bernardini Journal of Church and State, Volume 59, Issue 2, 1 June 2017, Pages 185–204, Published: 30 December 2015 Although developed in the context of thirteenth-century Italy, Aquinas’s theory of law might be considered very modern.  For […]

October 22, 2015 – In Memoriam Jesuit Fr. Robert Araujo – Discrimination, Equality, and Catholic Teaching: The Distinction between Just and Unjust Discrimination

Araujo discrimination essay Summary: The late Father Araujo’s brilliant essay on discrimination discusses false views of equality used to promote abortion and same-sex marriage in opposition to human dignity. He then articulates the Church’s more insightful understanding that not all discrimination is unjust; there is just discrimination. Treating differently situated things unequally is not unjust, […]


Executive Summary   SURROGACY: A NEW WAY TO EXPLOIT WOMEN AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING   1 WHAT IS SURROGACY?   Surrogacy, also called gestational surrogacy is a financial transaction in which a woman rents her womb to gestate a baby, who may or may not have genetic ties with her, for which she will be compensated, […]

June 2015 – 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 […]

June 22, 2015 – The Future of the Family: The Social and Legal Impacts of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Wardle, Lynn D., The Future of the Family: The Social and Legal Impacts of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage (2015). 13 Ave Maria Law Review 237 (2015); BYU Law Research Paper No. 15-22. Available at SSRN: The article makes clear that the argument of those favoring “same sex marriage” that such homosexual relationships further the common […]

June 22, 2015 – The San Jose Articles and an International Right to Abortion

Abortion advocates are on a mission to establish an “international” right to abortion using “soft norms” under customary international law.  Their ultimate goal is to weave throughout the various sources of customary international law, language implying an international consensus that abortion is a necessary component of fundamental health that must be provided by States to […]