August 20, 2020

Democratic Lawmaking and the Creation of International Abortion Rights

Did you know the will of the people through a democratic process has not been a determining factor in the international legalization of abortion? Find out more in this review of a compelling new compilation of essays about the legalization of abortion in countries around the world.
June 4, 2020

Washington Insider – Pro-life Issues

Program Director Professor William Saunders provides an in-depth look at where pro-life issues stand in Washington. From the March for Life to Executive Orders and Policies to the Supreme Court, particularly highlighting the June Medical decision and its implications for unborn children.
May 26, 2020

Thanks, Class of 2020, for Our Ordinary Times

Lucia Silecchia, a Fellow with Catholic Distance University, reflects on the “ordinary” aspects of what she will miss about the class of 2020 as they remotely graduate and her hopes for their future.
May 26, 2020

No, We Can’t Just Get Along

The EU finds itself stuck between recognizing the predatory intentions of China and seeking harmony with this Communist regime. Rather than confront China’s desire for expansionism and its egregious human rights violations, the EU mixes postmodern jargon with empty slogans, thus giving China the green light to continue its ways. Let’s take a look at how dangerous this precedent has become for the EU and the countries it represents.
May 8, 2020

Amid a Pandemic, the American Spirit Prevails

IHE Director of Research and Planning, Emmett McGroarty, addresses why greater centralization and larger bureaucracy lead to a lack of accountability and widen the distance between government and its constituents. While reliance on experts is a necessary part of dealing with a crisis, such as COVID-19, this reliance cannot be an excuse for ignoring the normal system of check and balances, which keep the government tethered to the people.
May 8, 2020

Saint Thomas Aquinas and Adam Smith in a Time of Pandemic

A recent panel discussion, hosted by the Institute for Human Ecology and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, shows how using both economics and theology can help us better advance the common good.
May 8, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party Is a Bigger Threat to Humanity Than Coronavirus, and America Must Confront It

In this piece, Chen Guangcheng and William J. Saunders discuss the effects of China’s authoritarian dictatorship on the freedom of its citizens, particularly during the pandemic. 
May 5, 2020

Ordinary Times in Saint John Paul II’s Hometown

Lucia A. Silecchia, Professor of Law and IHE Fellow, shares a reflection in honor of Pope Saint John Paul II's 100th birthday on May 18. Silecchia shares some thoughts on the ordinary places in his hometown that shaped his life – and taught her some lessons about her own. 
April 22, 2020

A Time for Theologians during COVID-19 Pandemic?

In times of global crisis, the wisdom of theologians brings not only spiritual comfort but also a blueprint of how to continue and strengthen one’s faith. Joseph E. Capizzi, Ph.D., executive director of IHE, and H. David Baer outline the crucial role of theologians during a crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, most significantly, to help people find God’s grace to lead them forward in faith rather than in fear. The authors also reflect on the social nature of the Church and how the love we have for each other is illustrated even as we practice social distancing.