Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Green Bay: Red Mass, and luncheon with Hadley Arkes, March 26th 2017

Our President-elect Gregory Helding writes,
"In the spirit of collegiality, the Green Bay St. Thomas More Society has invited us to join its members in celebrating their annual Red Mass at St. Francis Cathedral in Green Bay on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 11:00 am., to be followed by their annual St. Thomas More Luncheon at the Riverside Ballroom. The Green Bay group switched to the spring at the request of Bishop Ricken so they could have it on a Sunday and avoid any conflict with a certain sports team that plays on Sunday throughout the fall.

"Bishop David Ricken will celebrate the Mass, and the speaker at the lunch to follow will be Professor Hadley Arkes, professor of jurisprudence at Amherst College where he has taught for more than fifty years, and the founder and director of the James Wilson Institute On Natural Rights and the American Founding. Professor Arkes has written about a dozen books, including First Things: an inquiry into the principles of justice'and morals. He is also the main advocate and architect of the bill that became known as the 'Born-Alive Infant Protection Act," and testified before Congress in support of both that act and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed by President Clinton in 1996. A more complete biography can be found here: [James Wilson Institute] And here is a link to an interview he gave that captures a little of his wit and humor: [Crisis Magazine]

"As Judge Griesbach describes, this is an opportunity to hear from one of the most important thinkers on the relationship between law and morals. We are fortunate to have a scholar of this caliber as the speaker this year, and if you attend your time will be well spent. You can register for the lunch here. The cost for members is only $30 and feel free to bring a guest. You can always visit that other 'Shrine' here in Green Bay after the lunch."