Lord Nicholas Windsor, a member of the British royal family, to speak at Fairfield University about a "most pressing moral issue"

Gallery lecture by Lady Nicholas Windsor taking place at Bellarmine Museum of Art

In a December 2010 article, "Caesar's Thumb," published in First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, writer Lord Nicholas Windsor asks for a re-enlivening of the valuing of human life that "does not restrict itself to the question of abortion but regards every threat to the integrity of human beings, at all stages of their being and in all circumstances."

Image: Alumni HouseLord Windsor, great-grandson of England's King George V, will speak at Fairfield University about this issue, on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni House. Entitled "A New Abolitionism," the talk is free and open to the public.The event is sponsored by Fairfield's Center for Faith and Public Life, where students, scholars, policy makers, and religious leaders converse and reflect on the many issues where religion intersects with civic life.

The Center's director, Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., said the basis of Lord Windsor's call is his argument that the practice of abortion is a most pressing moral question facing the Western world today. "He calls for new and compelling answers to the issues that give rise to the practice of abortion."

Windsor, 40, studied theology at Oxford University and is a patron of the Right to Life Charitable Trust and the Catholic National Library. He is the first blood member of the British royal family to be received into the Catholic Church since King Charles II was received on his deathbed in 1685. Windsor is the son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

This event will be preceded by a lecture at 4 p.m. in the Bellarmine Museum of Art where Lady Nicholas Windsor, Lord Windsor's wife, will speak about her involvement in the creation of a memorial to the medieval shrines destroyed during the English Reformation. The bronze memorial will be created by internationally renowned sculptor Paul Day and has been commissioned by the Art and Reconciliation Trust. A light reception will follow. Space is limited; please RSVP to Ann Burritt at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2292, or aburritt@fairfield.edu. The Bellarmine Museum is located in Bellarmine Hall, on the Fairfield campus. For information, including directions, visit http://www.fairfield.edu/arts/bell_index.html

Responding to the growing global awareness of the influence of religion on public affairs, Fairfield created the Center for Faith and Public Life. Anchored in the rich traditions of Catholic social thought and Jesuit spirituality, the Center respects diversity while promoting the common good. For more information about the Center, visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 18, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 247

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