Saint Francis de Sales Seminary


An Annual Presentation on Ethics

Addressing Proportionalism

John M. Haas, PhD, STL, MDiv presented Addressing Proportionalism on April 3.

Ethics Lecture

Dr. Haas is the president emeritus of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, having retired in 2019. He received his doctorate in moral theology from the Catholic University of America and his licentiate in moral theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He also studied at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the University of Munich in Germany.

Before assuming the presidency of the NCBC, Dr. Haas was the John Cardinal Krol Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and an adjunct professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. He has been a consultant to both the Committee for Pro-Life Activities and the Subcommittee on Health Care Issues under the Committee on Doctrine for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and later a member of the Academy’s Directive Council. In 2011 the Holy Father appointed him as a consulter to the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.

Dr. Haas and his wife, Martha, have nine children and a number of grandchildren and reside in Philadelphia.

See photographs from the event.

The Lecture in Christian Ethics is supported by the Father Andrew Nelson Fund.

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