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

Learn more about our Master of Arts in Human Rights Program

Latest News

Love and Light: Reflections on the Meaning of Notre Dame

I suppose it’s a bit preposterous for me to feel a deep personal connection with Notre-Dame. I’ve been there maybe a dozen times during brief Paris sojourns over the past decade. Hardly exceptional compared with the experience of the legions of faithful who worshipped there regularly, or of the millions of Parisians and French who learned the moods of Notre Dame as they passed by on vacations or just going about their daily business over the years.
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Leaven or Bakers?

Catholic Social Doctrine (CSD) compares the laity to leaven – mixed thoroughly into society, occupying every social space, acting where they are to sanctify the world. The leaven metaphor (like all metaphors) is imperfect; its limits can help us to see the challenge of communicating CSD to the laity, and inspiring them to act on it to sanctify the social order.
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Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship

The Person, the Polis, and the Search for Happiness

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 to better understand the Catholic intellectual tradition. 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.

Registration for 2019 is now closed. Check back regularly for 2020 information.

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