Janet E. Smith

Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired professor of moral theology.

recent articles

Pontifical Academy for Life: Personal Values Reign Supreme

The conclusion of a recent book published by the Pontifical Academy for Life is not the result of a different evaluation of the purpose of the marital act but of a radically different view of what constitutes the moral goodness or evil of any action.

The Fall of Roe Can Bring Healing

The millions of women who have had abortions, and those who performed abortions, are all in need of healing, the true healing that only Our Savior Jesus can bring.

The Cover-Up Continues

A priest credibly accused of ritual satanic sexual abuse is living and ministering at a well-known, well-respected institution that houses hundreds of vulnerable boys and girls, and officials do nothing.

Gay Marriage

Attending Sinful Weddings

Deciding whether or not to attend the weddings of those not living in accord with the Church’s teaching on sexuality is, for many of us, an agonizing matter. People often ask for my advice. (I find it easier to advise them than to make similar decisions in my own life!) John,* a Catholic father, asked … Read more


The Fake Theology Behind Vaccine Mandates

In her National Catholic Reporter article “Catholics seeking ‘religious’ exemptions from vaccines must follow true church teaching on conscience”, M. Therese Lysaught, a professor of bioethics and a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, maintains that Catholics in good conscience MUST receive a COVID-19 vaccine. She provides a template for a “dialogue” with … Read more

Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill

The Limits of a Priest’s Right to Privacy

Yesterday Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigned from his position at the USCCB as a general secretary with responsibility for overseeing sex abuse cases. What caused the resignation of the highest-ranking non-bishop Church official in the country? He was caught regularly using apps that connect men who want to have sex with other men.  An article by … Read more

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