St. Thérèse lecture series Print
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Written by Jessica MH Smith, For the Catholic Herald   
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 -- 3:00 PM

photo of W. Bradford WilcoxMADISON -- Meet W. Bradford Wilcox. He’s one of the best sociologists you’ve never heard of, and he will be taking some time out of his fall teaching schedule at the University of Virginia to give two lectures in Madison October 23 and 24.

His first lecture at Edgewood College on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., titled “Suffer the Little Children: The Sexual Revolution, Child Well Being, and Poverty,” will explain not only how free love wasn’t free, but will explore how the unintended consequences of the sexual revolution have left the most vulnerable in society — children and the poor — suffering deeply in many ways.

The second lecture, this fall’s St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture, a Humanae Vitae event, will be at the Bishop O’Connor Pastoral Center on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. The talk, “The Facts of Life and Marriage: Social Science and the Vindication of Christian Moral Teaching,” will focus specifically on marriage, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, and the sociologically proven consequences of rejecting Christian moral teaching in society.

Additionally, pastors, marriage preparation facilitators, Natural Family Planning teachers, and lay leaders will have an opportunity to attend a forum on “Why Marriage Matters,” over breakfast at the Bishop O’Connor Center Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m.

Wilcox, while of strong academic and intellectual character, also has a reputation for connecting with average folks and with the secular press (his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, and on NPR stations, among many others).

While both lectures will be followed by receptions, RSVP is only recommended for the St. Thérèse Lecture on October 24, as well as the breakfast with Wilcox. To RSVP, go to or call Marie Lins at 608-821-3160.

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