The Bulletin of the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers
Sept. 28, 2005
At our Meeting on Sept. 28 we were asked to pray for Rebecca Hatef, a
seven year old child seriously ill with a brain tumor.
Special Rome Meeting:
There will be a special meeting of CAS+E in Rome, Italy on Saturday,
October 8, 2005 from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm at the Pontifical Athenaeum
Regina Apostolorum located on the Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Rome (Italy). The idea of the meeting is to let our members
and friends stationed in Rome and Europe to get together with
those from elsewhere. The meeting topics are to be determined
depending on the attendees and their interests. If you are
planning to be in Rome and are interested in this meeting, contact Dr.
Francis J. Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
October Meeting Announcement: There will be a meeting of the members of
the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers on Wednesday
evening October 25, 2005 at 7:30 pm. at the James Bates Hall at
Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham-Severn Road, Bowie, Maryland
20720, Tel: 301 262 2227.
Raymond B. Marcin, Ph. D.
School of Law
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
The Heresy of Modernism
The heresy of Modernism lies at the heart of the difficulties that have
assailed the Church in the past forty years, ever since the close of
the Second Vatican Council. Professor Marcin explains the heresy
and its effects on today’s shifting and uncertain understandings of
Catholic doctrine. Most importantly he makes the point that Pope
Benedict XVI, writing as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1982, has
acknowledged that the main point of the most influential Vatican II
documents (including Gaudium et Spes) was to set up a “countersyllabus”
to Pope Blessed Pius IX’s and Pope Saint Pius X’s condemnations of the
heresy of Modernism. Professor Marcin suggests that this
acknowledgement points to the Great Moral Flaw in both the letter and
the “spirit” of Vatican II. Historically, every single
participant in Vatican II had taken an Oath against Modernism that had
been mandated by Pope Saint Pius X (the Oath requirement was not
rescinded by Pope Paul VI until after the close of Vatican II).
It seems unthinkable, Professor Marcin suggests, that God the Holy
Spirit would oversee the members of the Second Vatican Council in
setting up a “countersyllabus” against doctrines that they were all,
without exception, bound by an oath to God to uphold.
Raymond B. Marcin was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was educated
at Saint Thomas' Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Saint John's
Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and Fairfield University in
Fairfield, Connecticut. He holds A.B. degrees from Saint John's
Seminary (philosophy) and Fairfield University (education). He received
his law degree from Fordham University in 1964 and a master's degree in
library science from The Catholic University of America in 1984. Before
teaching law, Mr. Marcin worked as a legislative draftsman and analyst
for the Connecticut state legislature, a staff counsel for the State of
Connecticut's Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and an
attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Hartford,
He joined The Catholic University of America School of Law in 1971 as a
supervising attorney in the School's Center for National Policy Review
and became a faculty member in 1972, rising to the rank of ordinary
professor in 1979. He was elected to the American Law Institute in
He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Lawyers
Association. He has lectured at the Silesian University in Katowice,
Poland, and at the Jagiellonian University in Kracow, Poland. In 1995
he received the Mary, Mirror of Justice Award from the Catholic
University chapter of the Guild of Catholic Lawyers. Mr. Marcin
publishes mainly in the areas of legal philosophy and constitutional
In Search of Schopenhauer’s Cat: Arthur Schopenhauer’s Quantum-Mystical
Theory of Justice. The Catholic University of America Press, 2006
The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases and Philosophy, 2nd
edition. LexisNexis, 2004 (with Kmiec, Presser, and Eastman)
The History, Philosophy, and Structure of the American Constitution,
2nd edition. LexisNexis, 2004 (with Kmiec, Presser, and Eastman)
Individual Rights and the American Constitution, 2nd edition.
LexisNexis, 2004 (with Kmiec, Presser, and Eastman)
"The Moral Flaw in the Pro-Choice Position", 4 National Catholic
Bioethics Quarterly, No.4, p.2004); reprinted in 20 CUA Lawyer, no. 2,
p. 27 (2004) "Gandhi and Justice", 7 LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic
Thought and Culture (no. 3) 17 (Summer, 2004)
"The City of Babel: Yesterday and Today" 6 LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic
Thought and Culture, number 1, p. 120 (Winter, 2003).
"Tolstoy and the Christian Lawyer", 52 Catholic University Law Review
"Security vs.. Personal Freedom: America's Challenge in the War on
Terrorism", 6 NLA Review, no. 1, p. 2 (2002).
"The Spirit of Vatican II, Jubilee Optimism, and the Oath Against
Modernism", 5 Eutopia: A Journal of Lay Catholic Thought (no. 2) 1
"The Catholic Natural Law Tradition Today", 4 Eutopia: A Journal of Lay
Catholic Thought (no. 3) 12 (2000).
"Natural Law, Homosexual Conduct, and the Public Policy Exception."
Creighton L. Rev. 32 (1998): 67.
"Abortion, Issue Balancing, and the 'Catholic Vote.'" National Lawyers
Association Review (Spring 1997): 25.
"Individualism and Communitarianism in U.S. Constitutional Theory."
Prawa Czlowieka 10 (1995): 117.
"Schopenhauer's Theory of Justice." Catholic University Law Review 43
(Spring 1994): 813.
"'Posterity' in the Preamble and a Positivist Pro-Life Position."
American Journal of Jurisprudence 38 (1993): 273.
"Psychological Type Theory in the Legal Profession." University of
Toledo Law Review 24 (Fall 1992): 103.
"Epieikeia: Equitable Lawmaking in the Construction of Statutes."
Connecticut Law Review 10 (Winter 1978): 377.
"Ideological Pluralism and Government Regulation of Private Morality."
Capital University Law Review 7 (1978): 521.
"Punctuation and the Interpretation of Statutes." Connecticut Law
Review 9 (Winter 1977): 227.
"A Model Act for the Certification of Paralegals and the Accreditation
of Paralegal Training Programs." Seton Hall Legislative Journal 2
(Summer 1977): 122.
"The Physician's Role in the Abortion Decision." Jurist 35 (Winter
1975): 66 (with Julia Marcin, M.D.).
"Searching for the Origin of Class Action." Catholic University Law
Review 23 (Spring 1974): 515.
"A History of Connecticut's Long Island Sound Boundary." Connecticut
Bar Journal 46 (1972): 506.
"Nineteenth Century De Jure School Segregation in Connecticut."
Connecticut Bar Journal 45 (1971): 394.
"The Conscientious Objector Exemption as an Establishment and an
Accommodation of Religion." Connecticut Bar Journal 40 (September
An Introduction to the Law of Evidence: Training Manual for New Welfare
Hearing Officers. Chicago: American Bar Assoc. 1974.
"Review essay on The Problems of Jurisprudence by Richard A. Posner."
Catholic University Law Review 40 (Fall 1990): 107.
"Review essay on Red, White, and Blue: A Critical Analysis of
Constitutional Law by Mark Tushnet." Catholic University Law Review 38
(Fall 1988): 135.
"Review of Law, Behavior, and Mental Health: Policy and Practice by
Steven R. Smith and Robert G. Meyer." Journal of Contemporary Health
Law and Policy 4 (Spring 1988): 496.
"Review of Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal
Tradition by Harold J. Berman." Catholic University Law Review 33 (Fall
"Homelessness: A Commentary and a Bibliography." The Journal of
Contemporary Health Law and Policy 4 (Spring 1988): 203.
Future meetings: The tentative dates for the next group of CAS+E
meetings in Bowie MD are as follows:
November 30 Tentatively Ireland
Fr. Sean McManus Irish National Caucus
December 28 TBD
From the Mail: The Catholic Academy of Sciences will hold its
annual meeting Saturday, October 15, 2005 at The catholic University of
America, Washington, DC Life Cycle Building. Beginning at 8:30
am. Papers to be given include
“The University Frames the Intellect” by Bernard Fiacarra (read by Sr.
“Using International Law to Clarify and Resolve the Palestinian-Israeli
Conflict” by Francis A. Boyle, JD
“Evolution and Embryology_a Teleological System” by Joseph M. Mauceri,
“First Approximators_Athanasius, Darwin and Teilhard” by Lee. T.
“Quality of Life Symptoms Related to Patients with Temporomandibular
Disorders (TMD) by N. Joseph Nassif, DDS, Msc
“Science, Faith and Morality” by Raphael T. Waters, Dph, LPh, PhC
“Computer Assisted Negotiations for Peace” by Bro. Austin David
Carroll, FSC, PhD
“Globalization:economical, political and perhaps ecumenical” Vytautas
J. Bieliauskas, PhD, PsyD
SPECIAL ROMAN FORUM EVENT
“How Capitalism Dismantles Catholic Culture”
A spectre is haunting Roman Catholics in the United States: the
increasingly insistent campaign to associate libertarian capitalist
ideas with orthodox Christianity. This campaign is actually an old one,
beginning in Europe in the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1848.
Catholic Social Doctrine developed in the context of rebuking what was
really a liberal Enlightenment effort to exploit justifiable fears of
materialist Socialism by demanding submission to an equally materialist
Capitalism. A special Roman Forum conference on November 5th is
designed to demonstrate that, far from being a foundation for Catholic
culture, modern capitalism annihilates the Catholic vision. It will
demonstrate that supporters of a “free market”, unrestrained by the
Church's Social Doctrine, like supporters of power politics, accept the
fallen order of nature as the scientific framework for life, and
prohibit efforts to restore all things in Christ. In short, it will
show that “no one can be a sincere libertarian capitalist and a Roman
Catholic at the same time.”
10:00-11:00 A.M. : John C. Rao, D.Phil. “The Church's Battle Against
Liberal Capitalism” (1848-1958)
11:15-12:15 A.M.: Christopher A. Ferrara, Esq. “The Austrian School of
Economics & Its False God of Liberty
1:30-2:30 P.M.: Fr. Richard A. Munkelt, Ph.D. “Catholics and the Free
3:00-4:00 P.M.: Question & Answer Period
November 5th, 2005 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. $10.00 Entrance At Door
R.S.V.P. by November 1st for $15.00 luncheon
THE CATHOLIC CENTER AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Entrance at 238 Thompson St, off Washington Sq South A, B, C, D, E, F,
V Trains to West 4th Street or #6 to Bleecker Street
President’s Message: We are all saddened by the death of Dr. Bernard
Ficarra, MD, PhD. JD, founder of the Catholic Academy of Sciences in
the USA. He was a good friend to CAS+E and always helpful. RIP.
It was great to visit with Professor Emeritus Ken and Consuela Rogers
in Honolulu, Hawaii Best Regards, Frank Kelly
ANGIE AND FRANK WITH NEW CAS+E
FRIENDS AT HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE
The Rogers and the Kellys at Alamoana