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A Consistent Ethic of Life 2.0: Cardinal Bernardin’s “Seamless Garment” at 35

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
6 – 7:30 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
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In December 1983, at Fordham University, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago delivered a landmark lecture outlining what he called a “consistent ethic of life”—using the Catholic tradition to articulate a defense of life at every stage, and in a way that could cross religious and political boundaries.

Pope Francis has given new life to the consistent ethic, and this symposium will examine how the “seamless garment” looks in 2018, and how it resonates with other faith traditions. Bishop Emeritus Gerald Kicanas, who worked with Bernardin, will deliver a keynote address to be followed by three respondents: Katelyn Beaty, an evangelical author and speaker; Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah; and Herb Geraghty, an atheist who works for Rehumanize International.

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This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, students, and the public.