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Coming up on Monday, October 29 – it’s the Catholic Studies Program and Office of Mission and Identity’s Panel Discussion on Catholic commitments and the 2012 Election!

Several controversial ideas have recently collided at the intersection of American politics and Catholicism. Many questions concerning the roles of Catholic beliefs and teaching, religious freedom, and conscience in governmental policies and decision-making have come to the fore. These questions are magnified due to the coming election. Many believe that the “Catholic vote” – if one exists – could have a significant role in determining the winner.

To facilitate this conversation, the Catholic Studies Program at Canisius College and the Office of Mission and Identity is sponsoring a panel discussion on Catholic commitments and the 2012 Election entitled: “Catholic Faith, Catholic Vision, Catholic Vote?: The 2012 Election.”

The discussion will take place on Monday, October 29, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in Grupp Fireside Lounge. Our panelists are Richard Bailey (History), Kathleen Delaney (Librarian and Archivist), Rev. Martin X. Moleski, SJ (Religious Studies) and Nancy Rourke (Religious Studies).

Light refreshments will be provided.

Topics include: the role of conscience in political discourse, the Church and the HHS mandate, and the Church’s relationship with unions.

Please join us for what is sure to be a stimulating event with good discussion!

For more information, please contact Nancy Rourke ( or Stephen Chanderbhan (

Submitted by: Stephen Chanderbhan, assistant professor of philosophy