Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Academic Year 2007-2008, First Semester

School of Philosophy, Licentiate Cycle

S314 Seminar:

The Ethics of Life, Paternity, and Maternity

Thursdays, 10:45-11:30 and 11:45;12:30, A103

Rev. Prof. Robert A. Gahl, Jr.

gahl@pusc.it /http://www.pusc.it/fil/p_gahl/Robert_Gahls_Home_Page_at_PUSC/Welcome.html

(October 19, 2007)


Perform individual and team research in the most important issues of bioethics today in order to achieve a deep understanding of the philosophical foundations needed to address these and future issues and to develop the tools needed for the applied, philosophical analysis of such issues.

Sample Topics for Study:

1. Sexual difference: equality and complementarity.

2. Marriage, nature, and public interest.

3. The meanings, ends, and goods of human sexuality.

4. Dating and Courtship.

5. Conjugality, family planning, and contraception.

6. Stem cells: embryonic and adult.

7. Stem cells: ant/oar.

8. Frozen embryos: their production, conservation, adoption, and implantation.

9. Assisted procreation: IVF and other techniques.

10. Motherhood, Fatherhood, Filiation, and Human Perfection

List of Registered Students as of October 11, 2005:

Course Requirements:

  1. Study of the required bibliography.

  2. Study of short text handout (around five pages) prepared by fellow students prior to each presentation.

  3. Participation in classroom discussion.

  4. Research on one's own topic and prepare handout for other students to study prior to one's own presentation.

  5. Preparation of 2000 word paper with specialized bibliography.

  6. Oral Presentation of paper and response to questions.

  7. Consign final draft of paper.


Required Reading:

Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, July 25, 1968.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Persona Humana (Declaration Concerning Some Questions of Sexual Ethics), December 29, 1975.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Donum Vitae, February 22, 1987.

John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, March 25, 1995.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition To Unions Between Homosexual Persons, 2003.

Benedict XVI, [First Part: nn. 1-19], Deus Caritas Est, 2005.

Karol Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility, San Francisco, Ignatius, 1993.

Optional reading:

Donald P. Asci, The Conjugal Act as Personal Act: A Study of the Catholic Concept of the Conjugal Act in Light of Christian Anthropology, San Francisco, Ignatius, 2002.

Pia Francisca de Solenni, Towards an Understanding of Woman as 'Imago Dei': A Hermeneutic of Aquinas's 'Mens' Through a Sexually Differentiated Epistemology, Rome, EDUSC, 2003.

Carlos Young Sarmiento, The Ethics of Embryo Adoption, Dissertationes, EDUSC, 2005, forthcoming.

Other Bibliography for Further Research:

Autori vari, Antropologia cristiana e omosessualità, nuova edizione ampliata, Quaderni de «L'Osservatore Romano» 38, Città del Vaticano, 2000.

Allen, Prudence, The Concept of Woman: The Aristotelian Revolution 750 B.C.- A.D.

1250, 2nd ed., Grand Rapids (MI)/Cambridge , W.B. Eerdmans, 1997

Anscombe, G.E.M., “You Can Have Sex Without Children: Christianity and the New Offer,” in Ethics, Religion and Politics: The Collected Papers of G.E.M. Anscombe, vol. 3, Minnesota University Press, Minneapolis, 1981, 82-96. (See her article in Janet E. Smith, (ed.),Why Humanae Vitae Was Right, “Contraception and Chastity”, MB 578).

Buttiglione, Rocco, L'uomo e la famiglia , Roma: Dino, 1991, LB 400.

Caffarra, Carlo, Etica generale della sessualita, Milano: Ares, 1992, MB 654.

Carreras, Joan, Las bodas: sexo, fiesta y derecho , 2. ed. corr. y aumentada, Madrid: Rialp, 1998, LB 796. (Textos del Instituto de Ciencias para la Familia).

Chalmeta Olaso, Gabriel, Etica applicata: l'ordine ideale della vita umana, Firenze: Le Monnier, 1997, Z 1057. (Tit. orig.: Etica especial). (Specialmente il cap. vi, Famiglia).

Concetti, Gino, Diritti degli omosessuali, Casale Monferrato: Piemme, 1997, MB 997.

Cottier, Georges, Scritti di etica , Casale Monferrato: Piemme, 1994, MB 785.

Derrick, Christopher, Sex And Sacredness: A Catholic Homage To Venus , San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982, MB 459.

Estlund, David M. and Nussbaum, Martha C. (curatori), Sex, Preference, And Family : Essays On Law And Nature , New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, RH 345.

Gahl Jr., Robert A., "Homosexuality and Gospel Truth: Towards Effective Pastoral Care;" L'Osservatore Romano, 28 (1600) July 14].

Gahl Jr., Robert A., “Animali razionali dipendenti sessualmente differenziati: un approccio all'io umano relazionale (punto di vista etico)”, in Cristo nel cammino storico dell'uomo. Atti del Convegno internazionale di Teologia, ed. José María Galván, LEV, Città del Vaticano, 2002.

Gahl Jr., Robert A., Multimedia Presentation on Stem Cells: The Silver Lining behind the Dark Clouds, stapletonresources.com/stemcellonly/player.html.

Gahl Jr., Robert A., Amore e trasmissione della vita, Workbook ad uso degli studenti, A.A. 2006-2007, Corso su Amore Famiglia Educazione, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose all'Apollinare, Secondo Anno, Indirizzo Amore-Matrimonio, pp. 47-75.

Gilder, George F., Men and Marriage , 2ª ed., Gretna: Pelican, 1987, MB 623. (A revised expanded edition of Sexual Suicide).

Gomulka, E., “Homosexuality in Uniform: Is It Time?,” First Things, 30, (1993) 41-44.

Gormally, Luke, (ed.), Moral Truth and Moral Tradition Essays in Honour of Peter Geach and Elizabeth Anscombe, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1994, Z 956

Harvey, John F., The Homosexual Person: New Thinking in Pastoral Care , San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987, MB 622.

Harvey, John F., The Truth about Homsexuality: The Cry of the Faithful, San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 1996, MB 1117.

Hildebrand, Dietrich von, Die Enzyklika "Humanae vitae", ein Zeichen des Widerspruchs , Regensburg: J. Habbel, 1968, LB 271.

Hildebrand, Dietrich von, Man and woman: Love and the Meaning of Intimacy, Manchester: Sophia Institute Press, 1992, LB 505

Hildebrand, Dietrich von, Il matrimonio, Brescia: Morcelliana, 1931, LB 362 it. (Tit. orginale: Die Ehe).

Lawler, Ronald David, (ed.), Etica sexual: gozo y empuje del amor humano, Pamplona: EUNSA, 1992, MB 665. (Tit. orig.: Chatholic Sexual Ethics.).

Lewis, Clive Staples, I quattro amori: affetto, amicizia, eros, carità, Milano: Jaca book, 1990, Z 434. (Tit. orig.: The Four Loves).

Kippley, John F., Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality, Cincinnati: The Couple to Couple League International, 1991, LB 413.

Martin, Christopher F.J., “Are There Virtues and Vices That Belong Specifically to the Sexual Life,” Acta Philosophica, 4, 2 (1995) 205-221.

May, William E., Sex and the Sanctity of Human Life: The Truth of Catholic Teaching , Front Royal (VA): Christendom Publications, 1984, LB 441.

May, William E., Sex, Marriage and Chastity: Reflections of a Catholic Layman, Spouse, and Parent , Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1981, LB 305.

May, William E., Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life, Huntington, Our Sunday Visitor, 2000.

Morse, Jennifer Roback, Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work, Spence, 2001.

Morse, Jennifer Roback, Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in A Hook-up World, Spence, 2005.

Nicolosi, Joseph, Healing Homosexuality: Case Stories of Reparative Therapy, Jason Aronson, 1997.

Nicolosi, Joseph and Linda Ames, A Parent's Guide to Homosexuality, InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Polaino-Lorente, Aquilino, Sexo y cultura: analisis del comportamento sexual, Madrid: Rialp, 1992, MB 878. (Biblioteca Instituto de Ciencias para la Familia).

(The) Ramsey Colloquium, “The Homosexual Movement,” First Things 41, March, 1994, 15-21. (http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=4429).

Rhoads, Steven, Taking Sex Differences Seriously, Encounter Books, 2005.

Satinover, J., Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1996).

Scheler, Max, Pudore e sentimento del pudore , introduzione e traduzione di Antonio Lambertino, Tit. orig.: Über Scham un Schamgefuehl, Napoli: Guida, 1979, VB 517.

Smith, Janet E., (ed.)Why Humanae Vitae Was Right : A Reader, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993, MB 578.

Smith, Janet E., Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1992.

Throckmorton, W. Attempts to Modify Sexual Orientation: A Review of Outcome Literature and Ethical Issues. www.narth.com, September 21, 2004.

Tomeo, M., Templer, D., Anderson, S., Kotler, D., “Comparative Data of Childhood and Adolescence Molestation in Heterosexual and Homosexual Persons,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 30(3), (2001) 535-541. Apparently the first survey “that has reported substantial homosexual molestation of girls.”

Van den Aarweg, G., Omosessualità e speranza, Ares, Milano, 1995. (Also in English)

Van den Aardweg, G., “La terapia riparativa dell’omosessualità,” Studi Cattolici, 535, (2005), 616-622.

Walters, William A. W., and Ross, Michael W., (ed.), Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment , Melbourne/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986, MB 597.

Wilcox, W. Bradford, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2004.