The Catholic Women’s Forum 2018 Symposium

The Sexual Revolution: Truth and Consequences

Date: May 30-31, 2018

LocationThe Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C.

Co-sponsored by The Catholic Women’s Forum at EPPC and The Catholic Information Center

Agenda (links to abstracts below)

Pre-Symposium Reading:

Amoris Laetitia

Humanae Vitae

Mulieris Dignitatem

Veritatis Splendor


Gaudium et Spes, No. 16 and 17

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1777-1794

Challenges to Humanae Vitae, presented by Janet Smith

Accompanying, Discerning, Integrating Weakness, by Cardinal Marc Ouellet

Sexual Revolution (general):

The Law Should Protect Children, Not Sexual Expressionism, by Mark Regnerus

Five Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution (Part I and Part II), by Mary Eberstadt

The Zealous Faith of Secularism, by Mary Eberstadt

The First Sexual Revolution, by Kyle Harper

Surrogacy: No Laughing Matter, by Jennifer Lahl

Beyond the Pill: Looking for the Origins of the Sexual Revolution, by Stuart Koehl

What can Humanae Vitae teach us about the cross of infertility?, by Elizabeth Kirk (begins at 39:50)


Cheap Sex (2017), by Mark Regnerus

Putting Children’s Interests First in U.S. Family Law and Policy: With Power Comes Responsibility (2018), by Helen Alvare

Dress Code: Business Attire

Objective: This two-day symposium of Catholic women scholars sheds light on the truth and consequences of the sexual revolution and critically assesses its broken promises. With the encouragement of the Women’s Office of the Dicastery on Laity, Family, and Life, we chose to focus on the sexual revolution in light of the milestone anniversaries of Humanae Vitae, Mulieris Dignitatem, and Veritatis Splendor. Our scholars will discuss developments in cultural and anthropological assumptions, and give particular attention to theological and pastoral questions on conscience, accompaniment, and pastoral care.


The Sexual Revolution: Truth and Consequences
Schedule subject to adjustments

May 29, 2018

5:00 – 6:30 PM Wine and Cheese EPPC, 1730 M St NW Suite 910

May 30, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 AM Mass Celebrant: Fr. Justin Huber
8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mary Rice Hasson

9:15 – 10:30 AM


Panel I: 


What the Sexual Revolution Says About Us

Theresa Farnan Religion, Culture, and the Intellectual Origins of the Sexual Revolution
Angela Franks End-less Sex and Selfishness
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel II: 

How the sexual revolution created new vulnerabilities
Jennifer Lahl Surrogacy and the Sexual Revolution
Mary O’Callaghan The View from Below: The Sexual Revolution and Persons with Disability

12:00 – 1:00 PM


Lunch with 



Mary FioRito Love in the Ruins: Walking Through Loss with Caryll Houselander and Dorothy Day
1:00 – 1:30 PM Break

1:30 – 3:15 PM


Panel III: 


Pastoral Considerations

Melanie Barrett Moral Decision-Making, Conscience Formation, and Pastoral Care
Deborah Savage The Wholeness of Being: Accompaniment, Discernment, and Integration through the Lens of Pope St. John Paul II
Sr. Mary Madeline Todd Accompaniment in Truth and Charity: the Path to Authentic Freedom
3:15 – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 – 4:45 PM


Panel IV: 


Accompaniment: Special Considerations

Elizabeth Kirk Infertility and Fruitful Love
Mary McClusky Project Rachel Ministry: Forgiveness, Healing, Peace
4:45 – 6:00 PM Break
6:00 – 9:00 PM Dinner  Taberna del Albadero (1176 I St NW)

May 31, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 AM Mass Celebrant: Fr. Justin Huber
8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 – 10:45 AM


Panel V: 


Moral Discourse in a Changing World 

Erika Bachiochi Looking Back to Go Forward: How to Decouple the Women’s Movement from the Sexual Revolution


Karna Lozoya Pitching Catholic Stories to Secular Media
10:45 – 11:45 AM Wrap Up, Conclusion, and Key Takeaways
Mary Hasson
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 PM


Public Forum


The #MeToo Moment: Second Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

4:30 – 6:00 PM Reception