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Concupiscence in the West-Schindler Debate

Janet E. Smith continues to respond to criticisms of Christopher West by Alice Von Hildebrand, David Schindler and Dawn Eden. West is the Theology of the Body expert under recent scrutiny due to a NightLine interview in August 2009.

Janet Smith is well qualified to respond on West's behalf.

Janet Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is the author of numerous books on the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae. She is serving a third term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family. She received an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, an honorary doctorate from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Veritas Award from the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute at Ave Maria University.

She has appeared on the Geraldo show, Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom and has done many shows for various series on EWTN.

Over a million copies of her talk, Contraception: Why Not have been distributed. An updated version of Contraception: Why Not and a series of talks "Sexual Common Sense" are available through

The West-Schindler debate has morphed into a Delaney-Smith debate of sorts, where an article on the Schindler-West debate by David Delaney, Catholic blogger, has been responded to by Smith. And on it goes.

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