​Speakers

Mary Eberstadt

Session 1: The Vindication of Humanae Vitae, Continued

Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. Her newest book is The Last Homily: Conversations with Fr. Arne Panula, to be published by Emmaus Road in October. She is author of several other books including How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization and Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.

Her writing has appeared in many magazines and journals including TIME, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, First Things, The Weekly Standard, and thecatholicthing.org. Mrs. Eberstadt's 2010 novel The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism, was adapted for stage and premiered at Catholic University's Hartke Theater in 2017. During the Reagan administration, she was speechwriter to Secretary of State George Shultz, and a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the United Nations.


Dr. Maria Wolfs

Session 2: Your Hormones and Humanae Vitae

Dr. Maria Wolfs is a staff endocrinologist at St. Michael's Hospital  in Toronto and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and academic interests are in women's health and medical education.


Steven Mosher

Session 3: Humanae Vitae Was Right: Governments and Population Control

In 1979, Steven was the first American social scientist to visit mainland China. He was invited there by the Chinese government, where he had access to government documents and actually witnessed women being forced to have abortions under the new "one-child policy." Mr. Mosher was a pro-choice atheist at the time, but witnessing these traumatic abortions led him to reconsider his convictions and to eventually become a practicing, pro-life Roman Catholic.

Steven has appeared numerous times before Congress as an expert in world population, China, and human rights abuses. He has also made TV appearances on Fox News, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, 20/20, and CNN news, as well as being a regular guest on talk radio shows across the nation.

He is also the author of the best-selling A Mother's Ordeal: One Woman's Fight Against China's One-Child Policy. His other books include Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order; Population Control: Real Costs and Illusory Benefits; Hegemon: China's Plan to Dominate Asia and the World; China AttacksChina Misperceived: American Illusions and Chinese Reality; Journey to the Forbidden China; and Broken Earth: The Rural Chinese.

Articles by Steve have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The New Republic, The Washington Post, National Review, Reason, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Freedom Review, Linacre Quarterly, Catholic World Report, Human Life Review, First Things, and numerous other publications.

Steven Mosher lives in Virginia with his wife, Vera, and their nine children.


Fr. Raymond de Souza

Session 4: The Burden of Living Humanae Vitae in a Technological Age

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza was ordained a Catholic priest on 20 July 2002 for the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario.

He currently serves as chaplain of Newman House, the Catholic chaplaincy at Queen's University, and as the pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish on Wolfe Island, where he lives.

In addition to his priestly ministry, Fr. de Souza teaches at Queen's in the Faculty of Education and the Department of Economics, is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto, and leads a week-long summer seminar for young Catholic leaders on Wolfe Island.

Learn more about Fr. de Souza on his website fatherdesouza.com/about