February 17, 2020
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Michael Vacca

MICHAEL VACCA is a devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Therese of Lisieux. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English and Political Science, holds a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law, and is a licensed attorney in Michigan. He currently serves as Director of Ministry, Bioethics, and Member Experience for Christ Medicus Foundation CURO. He worked for the Pontifical Council of the Family in Rome, where he advised the Church on pro-life and pro-family issues and advanced Catholic social teaching throughout the world. Michael is the Managing Editor of the International Center on Law, Life, Faith, and Family, which produces and provides resources on these issues, www.icolf.org. He is a founding board member of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, and currently serves on the board of the Casa Vitae Foundation. He is author and coauthor of various articles on bioethics and law, including: Michael Vacca, A Reexamination of Conscience Protections in Healthcare, 62 MEDICINA E MORALE 78 (2013) ; Jane Adolphe & Michael Vacca, Best Practices: Laws Protecting Human Life and the Family Around the Globe, 2 AVE MARIE INT’L L. J. 1 (2012); Michael Vacca, Talk About a Human Rights Violation: How Heterologous Assisted Reproduction Harms Children and Violates International Human Rights Law, 7 AVE MARIE INT’L L. J. 53 (2018); Michael Vacca, Natural Law as Guardian of the Human Person, 4 BAKU ST. UNIV. L. REV. 149 (2018); and Michael Vacca, Education and Religious Freedom in the Toledo Guiding Principles: A Comparative Analysis Between the Holy See and the United States 36 ARIZONA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW 2 (2019). He is also a co-editor of two published books, ST. PAUL, THE NATURAL LAW, AND CONTEMPORARY LEGAL THEORY (2012) and EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION CATHOLIC ROOTS, CURRENT CHALLENGES (2019). More than anything, Michael is grateful to know the love of Jesus Christ and for his beautiful and holy wife Sarah.

The “Experience” Fallacy

Our culture is dominated by a fallacy that has ensnared people of all persuasions and creeds.  It afflicts the pro-abortion and pro-life crowd, the anti-marriage and pro-marriage crowd, conservatives and liberals alike.  This fallacy is the...

The Gift of Saint Therese

There are many saints in the Church and each embodies holiness in a different way.  We can say that each highlights a different facet of perfection of the God who is infinitely rich in perfection.  St. Dominic is not like St. Francis in many ways...

HR 1676: Another Avenue for the Culture of Death

The primary end of healthcare is treating illnesses and injuries so that the human person, body, mind, and soul, can live a rich and vibrant life. Healthcare, in other words, is that discipline which helps the human person to flourish by restoring...

Our Catholic and Public Faith

This article explores the notion of a “private Catholic faith.” In the first instance, I wish to dispute that such a thing exists. In the second place, I wish to discuss the consequences that ensue from the privatization of our faith and what is at...

Remembering a Foundational Teaching: “Malum In Se”

In Catholic social teaching, there is a foundational teaching that is ignored and rejected by many Christians, even Catholics striving to practice their faith. It is a teaching that deserves to be reckoned as among the most important contributions...

The Key to the New Evangelization: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Evangelization is about helping people encounter Christ, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. As defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, evangelization is “the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life.” [1] The goal of...

The Deception of the Modern Day Pharisees

This article addresses the most dangerous deception for Catholics, and sadly, it is a deception that is widespread in our parishes, schools, and other Catholic institutions. It is the deception of modern day “Catholic pharisaism,” and its adherents...