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The Paradox of Marriage

Happel Room, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University of America

Join the IHE for a ceremony celebrating the conferral of the Society of Catholic Social Scientist’s Pope Pius XI Award, its highest honor, upon Brad Wilcox. […]

Join the IHE for a ceremony celebrating the conferral of the Society of Catholic Social Scientist’s Pope Pius XI Award, its highest honor, upon Brad Wilcox. Dr. Wilcox will deliver a speech on “The Paradox of Marriage.” A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.

Catholic University’s Department of Sociology and Society of Catholic Social Scientists will co-sponsor the event.

October 4 at 5:00 PM. Happel Room, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University of America.

Screening of “Unguarded”

Della Ratta Auditorium, Maloney Hall, Catholic University

Unguarded explores a revolutionary Brazilian prison system centered on the full recovery and rehabilitation of the person. A panel will follow the screening. Panelists: Hannah Chesterton […]

Unguarded explores a revolutionary Brazilian prison system centered on the full recovery and rehabilitation of the person.

A panel will follow the screening. Panelists:

Hannah Chesterton (Department of Sociology)

Michael Massey (National School of Social Service)

Mary Graw Leary (Columbus School of Law)

Jim Blum (Founder and Director of “My Father’s House”)

Simoneta d’Italia Wiener (Director of Unguarded)

 

The Center for Law and the Human Person and the Office of the Provost are co-sponsoring this event.

Russell Hittinger on “How to Inherit a Kingdom: Reflections on the Situation of Catholic Political Thought”

Heritage Hall, 597 Michigan Ave NE

The IHE’s First Annual Lecture on Catholic Political Thought will be delivered by Professor Russell Hittinger, who has recently joined the IHE and The Catholic University […]

The IHE’s First Annual Lecture on Catholic Political Thought will be delivered by Professor Russell Hittinger, who has recently joined the IHE and The Catholic University of America. The lecture is entitled “How to Inherit a Kingdom: Reflections on the Situation of Catholic Political Thought.”

This event will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Catholic University of America.

A reception with refreshments will follow.

A livestream is available here.

Dr. Russell Hittinger is a leading scholar of Catholic political and social thought. From 1996-2019, Dr. Hittinger was the incumbent of the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he was also a Research Professor in the School of Law. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Fordham University, Princeton University, New York University, Providence College, and Charles University in Prague. In January 2020, Dr. Hittinger gave the Aquinas Lecture at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Since 2001, he is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, to which he was elected a full member (ordinarius) in 2004, and appointed to the consilium or governing board from 2006-2018. On 8 September 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. Hittinger as an ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, in which he finished his ten-year term in 2019.

He is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America, where he also serves as the inaugural co-Director of the Program in Catholic Political Thought.

 

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IHE Voices is a select group of our scholars and fellows sharing insights drawn from Catholic resources with our fellow citizens and the media to advance the common goods of the Church and our country. Consistent with the tradition of American Catholics who came before us, we offer guidance for robust civic engagement especially in conversations affecting religious freedom, the flourishing of families and communities, and the truth that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God.

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D.

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D. Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D. in Theology, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology and an Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at The Catholic University of America.

Paul Scherz, Ph.D.

Paul Scherz, Ph.D. in Moral Theology and in Genetics, is an Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics. Dr. Scherz researches the moral theology of biotechnology.

Lucia Ann Silecchia, J.D.

Professor Silecchia has taught at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law since 1991.

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