Deceits and Conceits: The False Conflict of Religious Freedom with Women’s Liberty

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

University of St. Thomas
3M Auditorium, Owens Science Bldg. (south campus)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Free and open to the public.

“In transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place, in thought and action, which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a ‘new feminism’ which rejects the temptation of imitating models of ‘male domination’, in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.” (Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life [Evangelium Vitae], 99)

The Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture is an interdisciplinary think tank established in 1997 at the University of St. Thomas in response to Blessed John Paul II’s call for an explicitly Christian feminism.

On the evening of June 27th, three members of the Symposium, which is hosted by the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, will examine the false claim that the Church’s convictions on the primacy of religious liberty are in conflict with the “rights” of women.

Teresa Collett, professor of law at the University of St. Thomas, will speak from the perspective of the law; Dr. Deborah Savage, a clinical professor at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, will focus on the Church’s teaching on the subject; and R. Mary Lemmons, professor of philosophy at  the University of St. Thomas, will speak about the misconceptions of sexual freedom currently at work in our culture. The event will be moderated by Jeanne Buckeye, professor of ethics and business law, University of St. Thomas.

For further information, contact Deborah Savage at [email protected] or Mary Lemmons at [email protected]. Or, visit the Siena Symposium website at

To view event flyer, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture and the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

This is an MCC First Freedom Project event, and part of a series of Minnesota-based Fortnight of Freedom educational and catechetical events.


June 27, 2012 at 7:00pm - 9pm


University of St. Thomas