In this lecture, Christendom College president and professor Dr. Timothy O’Donnell gives a stirring account of the events leading up to and surrounding the repeal of Ireland’s 8th constitutional amendment, which had protected pre-born human life:

“It’s a difficult topic. It’s a very personal topic for me and a painful topic for me. My early childhood was filled with stories and historical recollections of how great it was to be an Irish Catholic. You wanted to be that more than anything else in the world. And I received that from my enthusiastic father.”



About the Speaker

Timothy T. O’Donnell is the president of Christendom College, where he teaches courses in history and theology. He was the first layman to receive both his licentiate and doctoral degrees in ascetical and mystical theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He has taught at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is a Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, and he is a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. Additionally, he is the author of Heart of the Redeemer and Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War. He has filmed many programs for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), including Glory of the Papacy and Luke: Meek Scribe of Christ. Dr. O’Donnell and his wife, Cathy, live in Stephens City, Virginia, and have nine children and 12 grandchildren.