The Institute for Human Ecology

Human flourishing illuminated by Catholic social doctrine.

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Freedom

The foundation of human flourishing.

"Human beings cannot be expected to feel responsibility for the world unless, at the same time, their unique capacities of knowledge, will, freedom and responsibility are recognized and valued." – Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Family

The fundamental social unit of a healthy, functioning society.

"Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development. It has also to do with the overall welfare of society and the development of a variety of intermediate groups, applying the principle of subsidiarity. Outstanding among those groups is the family, as the basic cell of society." – Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Economy

The intersection of free enterprise and ingenuity ordered towards human flourishing.

"For an adequate formation of a culture, the involvement of the whole man is required, whereby he exercises his creativity, intelligence, and knowledge of the world and of people." – Pope Saint John Paul II, Centesimus Annus

Culture

The driving force behind the way we form human relationships.

"Human beings interpret and shape the natural environment through culture, which in turn is given direction by the responsible use of freedom, in accordance with the dictates of the moral law." - Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate

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Religious Citizens and Human Ecology

Pope Benedict XVI’s most famous use of the term “human ecology” was in his speech to the German Bundestag in 2011. He praised the German ecological movement for calling everyone’s attention to the natural order around us—an order that demands our respect and stands above all our attempts to manipulate it.
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Professor Robert George Addresses Human Rights in Conversation with Program Director William Saunders During Kickoff Event

More than 80 students, faculty, and members of the local community gathered for a discussion of human rights and religious liberty with Robert George, Princeton University’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at The Catholic University of America’s Heritage Hall on Sept. 20th.
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The Leisure of Work

September 27, 2018
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A moment’s reflection on the development of science and technology suggests that, rather that render humans obsolete, innovation multiplies the need, and opportunity, for personal work. Times change, people adapt, and society flourishes when people are allowed to try out new ways of doing things, and to benefit from their experiments.
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Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship

An Introduction to the Natural Law Tradition

The Institute for Human Ecology and the Thomistic Institute
Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship for Graduate Students in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship supports rising scholars seeking inspiration from the natural law tradition within the contemporary academic context. Open to all qualified graduate students and advanced undergraduates. The costs to attend the Civitas Dei Fellowship program (including lodging and reasonable travel expenses) are covered by the sponsors.

Watch for information about our 2019 fellowship scheduled for July 7-12.

Washington, DC
July 7-12, 2019

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Featured Fellows

Reinhard Huetter, Ph.D.

Ordinary Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Theological Anthropology, Systematic Theology, Thomistic Thought

Beatriz Lopez-Bonetti

Media Fellow for The Institute for Human Ecology

Director of Public Relations for the Busch School of Business and Economics.

V. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Political Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Ethics

Maximilian B. Torres, Jr. Ph.D., J.D.

Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professor and Clinical Associate Professor of Business, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Virtue Ethics in Business, Ethical Decision-Making in Organizations, Catholic Social Teaching

A Catechism for Business

A Catechism for Business draws together the Church’s social doctrine on business, organized by topic and question. It serves as a reference guide for Catholic business leaders who wish to deepen their faith and grow in their understanding of Catholic social doctrine as applied to business.

“A Catechism for Business fills a critical need in today’s complex world, where moral answers to questions are not always clear-cut. This well-organized and concise book is an absolute must for business people and policy makers ‘in the trenches’ as well as for academics, and even theologians focused on the common good.”

– Luanne Zurlo, Founder and former President and Executive Director, WorldFund