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Fr. Robert Gahl to Speak on Thomistic Moral Psychology
The University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium will host a lecture by Rev. Robert Gahl, associate professor of ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. Fr. Gahl’s lecture, “Contemporary Psychology and its Relationship to Aristotelian-Thomistic Moral Psychology,” will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, August 25, in Sullivan Hall, 4218 Yoakum.

In addition to this colloquium, the John Paul II Forum will sponsor a presentation by Fr. Gahl on the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, for prospective students or interested parties at 5 p.m., Thursday, August 25, in the Ahern Room, Crooker Center, 3909 Graustark. Later that evening, Fr. Gahl will speak on "Wojtyla on Kingship and Morality: Thomistic Implications," at 7 p.m. in Ahern Room, Crooker Center.

Fr. Gahl, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and to the priesthood by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St. Peter. A professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross since 1991, he has published on natural law theory, sexual ethics, moral action, and the narrative structure of the moral life. Interviews and comments by Fr. Gahl regarding ethics and religious affairs have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, La Presse, The National Catholic Reporter, The National Catholic Register, Relgion News Service, Cox News Service, Catholic News Service, and AP, as well as Fox News, CNN, CBS, BBC World, Sky News, AP TV, EWTN, and Vatican Radio.

A native of Milwaukee, he studied chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and then went to Silicon Valley where he worked with control software of electron beam lithography systems. After studies in graduate philosophy at the University of Navarre, Spain, he finished his doctorate in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and did postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Valerie Hall at 713-525-3591 or

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