Remember the past with gratitude.
Live the present with enthusiasm.
Look forward to the future with confidence.
Saint John Paul II
Why do Catholic legal professionals object to the use of preferred gender pronouns?
The Catholic Lawyers Society for Metropolitan Detroit wrote a dissent to a proposed rule change in Michigan that would require courts to ask litigants and others what their preferred pronouns may be, and then require judges and others to use those pronouns. With the permission of the CLS for Metropolitan Detroit, the CBA republishes their statement to assist anyone wanting to understand the issue and its impact on Catholic legal professionals.
As they set forth at the beginning of the statement:
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The Eighth Annual Conference and General Assembly of the Catholic Bar Association was held Oct. 27-28 at George Mason University Arlington Campus in Arlington, Virginia. Attendees enjoyed fascinating presentations by Judge William H. Pryor, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, who gave the annual St. Thomas More Lecture at our Red Mass banquet, Professor Helen M. Alvaré who was our Charles E. Rice Memorial Lecturer, and The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington who was the principal celebrant and homilist at our Red Mass. Other presenters included Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President Emeritus and co-founder of the Acton Institute, federal Judges Justin R. Walker and Robert J. Conrad, Jr., and other law professors and legal practitioners, all discussing the application and effect of Catholic moral and legal principles in the practice of law. We also enjoyed an excellent roundtable discussion entitled The Tale that Won’t Stop Wagging: The Attacks on Pius XII and What They Tell Us. Read more here.
Check back soon for recordings of some speakers to be made available on our Member website.