Teacher-Written Lesson

Kim Davis, Marriage, and Conscientious Objection: Using Primary Sources to Explore Church Teaching

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  • 30 minutes

Lesson Overview

This month’s Teaching the Faith with Current Events eLesson uses the case of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as a way to explore Church teaching on marriage, homosexuality, and the right to conscientious objection.

Should citizens who are public officials have the right to refuse to carry out duties that would cause them to violate their consciences? If so, what might some of the consequences of this refusal be for the common good? If not, should all laws be followed unquestioningly? 

Included are primary source documents including the Catechism of the Catholic Church and, for high school students, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Discussion questions at the middle and high school levels are provided to better understand Church teaching regarding these issues, as well as to evaluate the Court’s opinion and Davis’s actions in light of Catholic teaching.

Recommended For

Grade Level: High School, Middle School

Subject: Civics, Government, and Economics, Civics, Participating in Civic Life, Government, Equality, Religious liberty, The Rights of Citizens, Religion, Core USCCB Curriculum, Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture, Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

Learner: Traditional Classroom, Advanced Placement, Homeschooled Students, Classical Education , Gifted Learners

Tagged as: religious liberty,  primary sources,  marriage,  gay marriage,  conscientious objection

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