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Dr. Melissa Moschella

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Catholic University of America

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Catholic University of America

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Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20064

United States

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The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. This year marks the fourth time that Catholic University has invite ... more

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Board Member
University Faculty for Life

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture

The Becket Fund

Visiting Research Professor, Myser Fellow At the Center for Ethics and Culture
University of Notre Dame




Social Studies

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Pontifical University of the Holy Cross



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Melissa Moschella

Melissa Moschella is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Her work focuses on ethics and political philosophy, especially bioethics, natural law theory, and the moral and political status of the family.

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Todd and Melissa Moschella, assistant professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., said that the two pontiffs helped to explain the Church's respect for the dignity of women in a way that could be understood by a modern and changing world.

Moschella argued that the two saints' positions are important to consider in a world that defines women's rights and ability to participate in society by their access to products and procedures such as contraception and abortion.
"It's an illusion to think that's an issue of women's liberation," she said, criticizing modern culture's tendency to use technology to render women infertile in order to conform to men's roles in the workplace.
In contrast, she said, both Popes championed a more flexible workplace that respects women's role as caretakers for children or family members, as well as recognizing the important work that women do both in the home and outside of it.
Moschella also noted that while many people today think of the Church's beliefs as "anti-woman" and oppressive, women in the Early Church recognized that Catholic teaching on sexuality, dignity and womanhood was "in accordance with their dignity," and in fact, "it was those teachings that made women flock to the Church."
Moschella commented that Pope John XXIII also revived the Church's emphasis on the inherent dignity and equality of women in calling the Second Vatican Council. The council's purpose, she noted, "wasn't to define new doctrine," but to re-present the "perennial light of faith," including the Church's teachings on human persons, in such a way "that will resonate today."
The emphasis which the council placed on "the universal call to holiness" was significant, she said, because it was a reminder that "we're all called to holiness."
The work of St. John XXIII was continued and deepened by St. John Paul II, Moschella continued, particularly through his Theology of the Body, Letter to Women, and Mullieris Dignitatem.
In these works, the Pope particularly focused on "the equal dignity of man and woman as equally in the image and likeness of God," Moschella explained. His teachings illuminate that "there's a richness of that equal dignity that isn't a sameness," and that men and women have a "complementarity of gifts," rather than the same roles.
Misunderstanding this Marian nature of the Church leads to a misunderstanding of the priesthood, Moschella continued, such as a distorted view of the all-male priesthood "as a position of power and privilege instead of just one more way to serve, which is really what it's all about."

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Melissa Moschella, Professor of Philosophy at Catholic University of America and UFL Board member was quoted in the National Catholic Register article, Pope's Words on Contraception in Accord With Magisterium, Philosophers Say, but Context Is Key, by Edward Pentin.

Melissa Moschella, Professor of Philosophy at Catholic University of America and UFL Board member was quoted in the National Catholic Register article, Pope's Words on Contraception in Accord With Magisterium, Philosophers Say, but Context Is Key, by Edward Pentin.

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However, Dr. Melissa Moschella, a philosophy professor at The Catholic University of America, suggested that this may not be the case.

When talking about avoiding pregnancy in connection with the Zika virus, the Pope may not necessarily have been implying artificial contraceptive use, but may have been referencing Natural Family Planning, she said.
Normally, if a married couple faces a serious reason to avoid pregnancy, the Church teaches that they may do so through Natural Family Planning, a process that involves identifying a woman's fertile periods and abstaining from sexual activity during those times.
Moschella also explained that in the Africa case referenced by Pope Francis, the dispensation for the nuns was "not really an exception if you understand the rule."
The case in question took place in the early 1960s, when the Vatican granted a dispensation to religious sisters living in the Belgian Congo who were in grave danger of rape due to civil unrest to use oral contraceptives.
"In the case of rape, the person who's raped - from the moral perspective - has not engaged in a sexual act," Moschella said.
"But that doesn't happen in the case of rape," Moschella stressed.
However, Moschella said that this is "really different" from the situation surrounding the Zika virus.

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The four panelists included Jason Carroll, Ph.D, of Brigham Young University, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Melissa Moschella, Ph.D, of the Catholic University of America, Nandi Bengu of the Women's Federation for World Peace, and Timothy Rarick, Ph.D, of Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Dr. Moschella's presentation affirmed that parental rights do empower women, and that parenting is a large part of life for many women. She stated, "Parents have the primary right and responsibility to make decisions for their children, and the State only has an indirect authority over children, and should facilitate parents."

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