The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Conference at CUA: "Torture, Conscience and the Catholic Moral Tradition"

WHEN: 1-9 p.m., Thursday, March 19

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law, Moot Court Room
3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C.


A panel of experts will explore Catholic conscience in the public square regarding the use of torture. The conference will feature three discussion panels: "Catholic Social Teaching and the Use of Torture," "Peacebuilding and Torture" and "The Question of Accountability in the Use of Torture."

Panel members include: Doug Cassel, director of the Center on Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame; Josh Casteel, former U.S. army interrogator; Steve Colecchi, director of the Office of International Justice and Peace at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Maryann Cusimano Love, CUA associate professor of international politics; Mary Fabri, senior director of torture treatment services and international training at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center; Col. Patrick Lang, former defense intelligence officer for the Middle East and director of the Human Intelligence Collection; George Lopez, professor of peace studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame; Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, and Gen. Anthony Taguba, chief investigator of Abu Ghraib.

To R.s.v.p. for the event and the optional dinner, please visit For more information, contact the Life Cycle Institute at 202-319-5999.

SPONSORS: Life Cycle Institute
CUA's Center for International Social Development
Catholic Leadership Council of the National Religious Coalition Against Torture

MEDIA: To cover the conference, contact Tom Haederle at the Columbus School of Law at 202-319-5438.