Lucia Silecchia, J.D.
Professor of Law; Director International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome
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• Papal Teaching on the Environment and Sustainability
• Catholic Social Thought
• Legal Issues Pertaining to the Elderly and Disabled
• Women’s Issues and Catholic Thought
• Catholic Higher Education
• Environmental Law and Policy
• Real Property
School: Columbus School of Law
January 26, 2017
On abortion, the Supreme Court can no longer remain on the periphery.
January 22, 2017
The legal legacy of Roe v. Wade.
November 2, 2016
“Since the time of the Hippocratic oath – which long predated Christianity – the medical community saw the profound incompatibility of efforts to end life being facilitated by a healing profession,” said Dr. Lucia Silecchia, a law professor at The Catholic University of America and a Washington, D.C. resident.
October 6, 2016
An op-ed on "DC's dangerous "Death with Dignity Act"
September 1, 2016
Lucia Silecchia, J.D., law, is featured in a segment aired on EWTN discussing care for creation and the environment.
July 28, 2016
Concerns of the family have been front and center recently, both within the church and society at large. Last year’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family generated much discussion, with a consistent emphasis on marriage and parenthood as the foundation for family life.
June 29, 2016
Catholics and pro-life activists expressed disappointment but little surprise over Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of a Texas law placing restrictions on the conditions in which doctors could perform abortions.
June 27, 2016
There was “no language” about “the government’s interest in ‘preserving and promoting fetal life’” in the decision, said Lucia Silecchia, a law professor at The Catholic University of America. This was expressed in a previous case – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – but the Court didn’t invoke it in Monday’s ruling, she said.
November 6, 2015
Lucia Silecchia, a law professor at Catholic University believes that leaves the door open for coercion. "[One] witness could be somebody who stands to benefit financially from the death of the person, either through their will, through their life insurance," said Silecchia. "[And because] there's no requirement anybody be present while [the drug] is administered... that person could have the vial of medicine in their home and be coerced by a family member into taking it or could be given it without knowing what it is."
October 27, 2015
Lucia Silecchia, professor, law, was interviewed on EWTN News Nightly (minute 4:04) on a conference on Laudato Si sponsored by CUA and the USCCB.
September 26, 2015
Silecchia was interviewed (with a Spanish voiceover) by a Venezuelan TV station about how Pope Francis is promoting environmental protection.
September 22, 2015
Silecchia was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article about Pope Francis's call for environmental protection.
July 13, 2015
On assisted suicide bill: Also, only one of the two witnesses required for the written request of lethal medication is required to be a “disinterested” witness, said Dr. Lucia Silecchia, a law professor at The Catholic University of America testifying in a strictly personal capacity as a D.C. resident. In contrast, she said, “traditionally, wills have required multiple disinterested witnesses.”
June 23, 2015
On Laudato Si: “A dominant theme in the encyclical is that of interconnectedness – of economic life, political life, social life, moral life, spiritual life, physical environment, and natural environment.”
March 8, 2015
On Pope's expected encyclical on climate change: The Internet is brimming with political, theological and academic analyses of what the pope might say, in large part because of hints he gives about the encyclical's contents. “No one knows right now what the encyclical will say; yet there has already been much commentary on it,” Silecchia said.
August 1, 2014
Silecchia was quoted in an article on estate planning.
July 9, 2014
Silecchia discusses the topics of Vatican Bank reforms and Catholic media. See minute 15:30.
May 9, 2014
Silecchia was interviewed on EWTN News Nightly to discuss Pope Francis' meeting with the UN.
April 22, 2014
Silecchia appeard on EWTN News Nightly to discuss environmental ethics.
January 9, 2014
Law Professor Lucia Silecchia published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Religious Freedom
Article appears in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy
This CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper offers personal reflections on the interplay between faith and the intellectual life. The essay is the source of remarks that were delivered by the author in a panel entitled “What Faith Has to Do With the Intellectual Life” hosted by The Catholic University of America.
Integrating Catholic Social Thought in Elder Law and Estate Planning Courses: Reflections on Law, Age and Ethics
An article published in the Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought exploring how attorneys can find guidance from Catholic social thought on issues that may arise as they advise individual clients on estate matters.
The 'Preferential Option for the Poor': An Opportunity and a Challenge for Environmental Decision-Making
An article published in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal exploring the intersection of the preferential option for the poor and environmental ethics.
Silecchia has an extensive list of publications in the areas of in the areas of environmental law and ethics, Catholic social thought, legal education, law and literature, and legal writing. Please visit her faculty page (link above)
Attended a 2007 Vatican conference on the environment
She also directs Catholic University’s new International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome (http://www.law.edu/summerabroad/rome/)