IHE Voices

IHE Voices

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.
Executive Director

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D.

Director of Strategy and IHE Media Fellow

Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, J.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Catholic University of America

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Media Fellow

Ed Condon

Fellow

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau O.P.

Media Fellow

Jack Butler

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina

Jennifer A. Frey, Ph.D.

Professor of Law and Director of Summer Law Program in Rome, The Catholic University of America

Lucia Ann Silecchia, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics, The Catholic University of America

Paul Scherz, Ph.D.

Russell Hittinger, PH.D.

Media Fellow

Stephanie Slade

Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

V. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D.

Expertise: Social Ethics, Moral Theology, Law and Religion

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. He has published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism. Dr. Capizzi worked as a research fellow at the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy from 2013 to 2014.

Director of Strategy and IHE Media Fellow

Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, J.D.

Andrea is Director of the Conscience Project, a religious freedom and conscience rights advocacy and public education organization. A Stanford-educated lawyer, Andrea launched her career in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in institutional reform and appellate litigation. She is a legal analyst for EWTN News and the National Catholic Register, focusing primarily on religious freedom matters before the Supreme Court. Andrea has also written for The Washington PostNewsweek, SCOTUSblog, the New York PostNational ReviewRealClearThe Washington Times, the Washington ExaminerPublic DiscourseSpectator World, and Crux and is host of the National Catholic Register’s Religious Freedom Matters podcast. Andrea lived in Colombia for over a decade. She has ten children and lives in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Catholic University of America

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Expertise: Work and Professions, Religion and Globalization, Religion, Science, and Health

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D. in Sociology, is an Associate Professor of Sociology. His research spans several countries and examines the cultural dimensions of religious, commercial, medical, and scientific institutions. His ongoing work aims to improve the ability of faith communities to better recognize and respond to mental health needs.

Media Fellow

Ed Condon

Ed Condon is the co-founder and editor of The Pillar, the online Catholic news site. Previously the DC editor of the Catholic News Agency and an associate editor of the Catholic Herald magazine, his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review, the Washington Examiner, the Spectator, the Bulwark, First Things, as well as several academic and legal journals.

He is also a canon lawyer, having practiced in dioceses across three continents and the Holy See. Previously he spent nearly ten years working in professional politics in the United Kingdom.”

Fellow

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau O.P.

A native of Louisiana, Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau became Catholic University of America’s Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry in the summer of 2022. He entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2005. After several years of pastoral work in New York City, Fr. Guilbeau began doctoral studies in moral theology at the University of Fribourg, where he completed a dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of the common good. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Guilbeau serves as senior editor of Aleteia.org (English edition).

Media Fellow

Jack Butler

Jack Butler is submissions editor of National Review Online, which he joined as an associate editor in 2020. His writing has examined the role and proper application of Catholic teaching in politics, civil society, and popular culture. A proud product of Catholic schooling, he is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina

Jennifer A. Frey, Ph.D.

Expertise: Philosophy of Action, Ethics

Jennifer A. Frey, Ph.D. in Philosophy, is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, working at the intersection of the philosophy of action and ethics. She was recently a PI of a three year, 2.1 million dollar research project titled, “Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life.” She is the author of many articles and recently co-edited a book titled, Self-Transcendence and Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. She runs a popular philosophy podcast, “Sacred and Profane Love.”

Professor of Law and Director of Summer Law Program in Rome, The Catholic University of America

Lucia Ann Silecchia, J.D.

Expertise: Environmental Law and Ethics, Catholic Social Thought and Law, Catholic Higher Education

Professor Silecchia has taught at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law since 1991. She has been an Ordinary Professor since 2004, and served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2004 and 2005. She also directs Catholic University’s Summer Law Program in Rome. From September 2015 to August, 2017, she served as Catholic University’s Vice Provost for Policy.

Professor Silecchia recently wrote the book chapter, The When and the Where of Love: Subsidiarity as a Framework for Care of the Elderly, and was published in the newly released book Agape, Justice and Law: How Might Christian Love Shape Law published by Cambridge University Press (Robert F. Cochran & Zachary Kelo, editors). The chapter explores the practical and moral challenges of providing loving care to the elderly.

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics, The Catholic University of America

Paul Scherz, Ph.D.

Expertise: Bioethics, Religion and Science, Technology Ethics

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. He examines how the daily use of biomedical technologies shapes the way researchers, doctors, and patients see and manipulate the world and their bodies.

Russell Hittinger, PH.D.

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. Since May 2019 he is the Emeritus Professor of Religion.   

In 2019, he became the Senior Fellow at the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago, where he is a Visiting Scholar in the John U. Neff Committee on Social Thought, and Visiting Professor in the Law School at the University of Chicago.

From 2020 through 2022 he is a Visiting Professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley), where he has served as Dean of the College of Fellows since 2014. 

In January 2020 he 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 Sept. 8, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Professor Hittinger as an ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, in which he finished his ten-year term in 2019.

In 2005, he was named an Alonzo MacDonald Senior Fellow for Christian Jurisprudence in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law. He remains an Affiliated Scholar.

He has taught at Fordham University and at the Catholic University of America, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, New York University, Providence College, and Charles University in Prague. During the academic term 2014-15, he was a Visiting Ordinary Professor in the School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America.

On 25 May 2013, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. He gave the 81st annual commencement address. He was elected Dean of the College of Fellows at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley) in 2014.

In 2003, to mark the centenary of the death of Pope Leo XIII, Professor Hittinger gave a lecture to Ministry of Culture of the Italian Government. In 2004 he gave a talk titled “Secularity and the Anthropological Problem,” as the Inaugural Claude Ryan Lecture in Catholic Social Thought, at McGill University in Montreal. In December 2006, he addressed the President, Prime Minister, and Speakers of the Polish Parliament in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. His keynote address culminated a week-long celebration of human rights and the Polish constitution. 

In 2000, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, where he is on the Board of Advisors. For the academic year 2007-08, he was the Robert J. Randall Distinguished Visiting Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College.

His books and articles have appeared through the University of Notre Dame Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, the Review of Metaphysics, the Journal of Law and Religion, the Review of Politics, and several law journals (both American and European). He has work forthcoming with Yale University Press and Catholic University of America press.

Media Fellow

Stephanie Slade

Stephanie Slade is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a fellow in liberal studies at the Acton Institute. In 2016, she was selected to the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. In 2013, she was named a finalist for the Bastiat Prize for Journalism. Her writing has also appeared in America magazine, The New York TimesU.S. News and World Report, and elsewhere.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

V. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D.

Expertise: Political Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Ethics

V. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D. in Government and International Studies, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Lewis specializes in political and legal philosophy. He has written articles on the political thought of Plato and Aristotle and on some figures in the neo-Thomist tradition, as well as on the topics of public reason and religious freedom.

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