M.A. in Human Rights Students Meet with the Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett

Students had the opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, on topics ranging from his personal and professional experiences to the decline of Catholicism in Quebec as well as the rise of French-style laïcité in the province, and how that is used to discriminate against Catholics as well as Muslims.
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Unborn Human Life and Fundamental Rights:
Leading Constitutional Cases under Scrutiny

IHE Fellow and director of the program in human rights, William Saunders, J.D., has a new book about legal protection for the basic human right to life. Contributors examine countries in North America, Europe, and Latin America, with a concluding essay by John Finnis.
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Robert George Discusses Dialogue, Consensus
and the “New Natural Law” School

Students recently had the opportunity to meet with Robert George for an enriching discussion about his professional history as well as a whole range of issues including consensus between people with different belief systems; the importance of dialogue; and international efforts to protect human rights.
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Master’s Student Reflects on Work With the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Having aided in the campaign to block pornography on The Catholic University of America’s campus network, I was surprised to find a non-profit dedicated to exactly that. The work NOSCE does is a benefit for all of society and its staff should receive much praise for their accomplishments. They have successfully gotten billion-dollar companies to remove pornographic content from their platforms...
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Student Helps Teach English To Human Rights Hero Chen Guangcheng

While pursuing her M.A. in Human Rights, Abigail Wilkinson has had an extraordinary opportunity: to gain wisdom from human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. She is helping him improve his English language skills, which will, in turn, enable him to more effectively share his experiences in China. In the following blog, she writes about this enriching experience.
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Abortion Comes To The Supreme Court:
High Court Will Review Case on Louisiana Law

William Saunders, J.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, comments on the Supreme Court's October 4 decision to review a Louisiana abortion case. "Two and a half years ago, the court decided Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that decision, the high court struck down a Texas law that, among other things, required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a local hospital. The two cases seem more or less identical. What has changed? Why would the court consider the issue again?"
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Program Director William Saunders Addresses Human Rights in China with Chen Guangcheng

Last month, the IHE held its second Annual Lecture on Human Rights, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen Square: Human Rights in China Today." William Saunders, J. D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, hosted speaker Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights activist and Chinese dissident known internationally as "the barefoot lawyer."
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To a young aspiring theologian – don’t neglect Faith

October 4, 2019
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In this piece from Chad C. Pecknold, Ph.D., IHE Fellow and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America, he discusses how theology is a science ordered to the end of seeing God, not reinterpreting Him through changing human standards.
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The Truth About Intelligence

Nicholas Dujmovic, a frequent presenter at IHE events and Director of Intelligence Studies at Catholic University, is highlighted in a recent article about the program. “It’s a way to give back,” Dujmovic says. “I tell people up front that this program has a vocational edge to it. I’m not a recruiter, but I know what it takes to get into the CIA, so I can help.”
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The Favorability Rating of the U.S. Congress:
Is There Anything That Can Be Done?

September 30, 2019
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In this piece, Emmett McGroarty, director of the Subsidiarity and the Constitution program, discusses how, over the last century, Congress has done a poor job exercising the powers entrusted to it by the American people, and how it has done a poor job protecting the constitutional structure. Finally, he offers solutions to address the challenges.
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Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship: Seeking Earthly and Heavenly Flourishing

The Civitas Dei Fellowship is just the latest fruit of the long friendship enjoyed between The Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies, a camaraderie extending itself in service to Church and State. Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Professor of Moral Theology, Dominican House of Studies writes about how these two institutions work towards the flourishing of two societies — the heavenly and the earthly.
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The European Slide Toward Irrelevance

Elections for the European parliament, regardless of the results, are always a celebration of the EU project. Blue flags with the 12 golden stars are omnipresent when a “European electorate” casts its vote in what is considered the largest election in the world outside India. But the most recent elections are important for a different reason: They are part of a longer trend that is pushing Europe toward global irrelevance.
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Exploring Wonder and Beauty in the Scientific World

June 5, 2019
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How do aesthetic factors such as beauty, awe, and wonder shape the practice of science? Are such experiences help or hindrance to scientific progress? And do they vary across disciplines and national cultures? IHE Fellow Brandon Vaidyanathan, along with others, addressed these questions during the International Symposium on the Aesthetic Dimensions of Science.
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A Meaningful Life

For years I have taught The Apology in my introductory philosophy class. Every year, some students hate Socrates. One year, one of my students found Socrates particularly annoying. As we were working through the text, she slammed her book down in frustration.
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Only by returning to the Faith can we truly rebuild Notre Dame

May 24, 2019
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As the spire cracked and buckled, millions of us felt civilization trembling. But trembling at what? At the loss of God? At the sudden recognition that, for all our progressive confidence, deep down everyone knows that Western civilization lacks the philosophical and religious principles that once made such a structure possible in the first place?
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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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Experts Work to Untangle the Crisis in the Church

The destruction wrought by the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis is impossible to deny. But what actually caused it to begin with? To tackle this question, experts in the fields of theology, sociology, management, gender, and journalism gathered at The Catholic University of America on March 26 for “What’s Really Going On? The Root Causes of the Current Crisis.”
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Whither Humane Economics? In Defense of Wonder and Admiration in Natural Science

March 28, 2019
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What is needed for a humane economics is not theological economics, but a rediscovery of the call to understand the world through an economic science replete with wonder and admiration—something missing in contemporary economics as much as in the drab theology of many ethicists. Properly delineated, this is not a rejection of ethics in economics, but a recovery of the normative dimension of reality.
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What caused the clergy sex abuse crisis?
Catholic universities are pushing for debate on the answer.

U.S. Catholics know they are in the thick of a clergy sexual abuse crisis, but that’s where agreement ends. When the abuse topic exploded in the church in the early 2000s, everyone knew the focus was stopping the shuffling around and cover-up of priests abusing children
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IHE Fellow Recognized For Book On Aquinas And The Economy

The book was awarded the Economy & Society International Award, presented by the Fondazione Centesimus Annus - Pro Pontifice. From the Foundation’s website: “The prize is awarded to a work which stands out for its original contribution to in depth study and implementation of the Social Doctrine of the Church, is of proven doctrinal soundness, and exceptional quality.”
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Cardinal DiNardo aims for ‘new ecclesial season’ to confront crisis

In the midst of the current crisis in our church — with a once-admired cardinal accused of heinous acts, bishops widely judged incapable of policing themselves, investigators poring through church archives and ordinary Catholics in fits of anger and despair — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, asked a very brave question recently.
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Snapshots of Ordinary Time

February 11, 2019
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In recent days, a quirky fad has gone viral: The “Ten Year Challenge.” Thousands of people, from celebrities to those unknown, are posting current photographs of themselves on social media next to their photos from a decade past. In part, this is entertainment and a chance to see – with pleasure or dismay – the ways in which a decade of life has wrought changes reflected in the faces looking back from the screen.
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St. Joseph:
The Silent Guardian

The Institute for Human Ecology invokes Saint Joseph as its patron saint. March 19 is the primary feast day in the Latin Rite for Saint Joseph; and so, the Catholic Church has traditionally spotlighted the Foster Father of Jesus Christ during this third month of the year.
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IHE Fellows in Atlanta at the Allied Social Sciences Association in January

January 15, 2019
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On January 5, three IHE fellows (Andy Yuengert, Catherine Pakaluk, and Mary Hirschfeld) presented recent research in a paper session at the annual meetings of the Allied Social Sciences Association in Atlanta. The well-attended session, “Explorations in Christian Thought and Economic Analysis,” was organized by Andy Yuengert, and sponsored by the Association of Christian Economists.
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Journalists Discuss ‘Healing the Breach of Trust’ in the Church after Sex Abuse Crisis

A journalist’s vocation is, according to New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, “to seek out the truth and to tell true stories about the world by writing these stories in an entertaining and interesting fashion.” But what happens when the fascinating, complex story a journalist is reporting involves a scandal in their own faith?
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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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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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A New Master of Arts in Human Rights

August 31, 2018
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The Institute for Human Ecology is pleased to announce the launch of a new Master of Arts in Human Rights, designed for graduate students from the United States as well as abroad, with diverse academic interests and backgrounds, who wish to study human rights from a distinctly Catholic perspective.
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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of a Landmark

August 29, 2018
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What was the most devastating event in human history?  While, sadly, there are plenty of candidates, I would propose World War II.  It was a truly worldwide war, extending far beyond Europe as it involved international empires as well as nation states.  Not only did it wreck the economy of Europe and much of Asia, but it took the lives of millions.
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Virtue and Science

Evidence from many sources suggests that there are problems in the current practices of scientific research. There is a growing concern over the trustworthiness of the scientific literature because a number of studies have demonstrated the inability of independent investigators to replicate the results of published experiments.
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What Is A University?

February 9, 2018
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What is the nature of a university? What is the role of the pursuit of truth in a university? What role should universities play in advancing societal goals?
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Social Generativity: Envisioning a Future Beyond Consumer Society

January 25, 2018
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We live in consumeristic societies today in which we’re encouraged to formulate life-goals and identities by perpetually acquiring goods we don’t need for subsistence. The consumerism enshrined in all our institutions today—educational, medical, commercial, political, scientific, and even religious—leaves us mired in a kind of social adolescence, a short-termism that jeopardizes the well-being of future generations.
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Civitas Dei: The Most Glorious City

December 21, 2017
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Long before St. Peter was martyred there, Rome was called “the eternal city.” Rome was founded by refugees who had fled fallen Troy, and with the neighboring Etruscans, the legendary twins Remus and Romulus founded a city which would rule the world for millennia in one way or another.
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AN EVENING WITH PAUL KENGOR

December 4, 2017
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Paul Kengor is the author of A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century. During the event, he will speak as well as sign copies of his books.
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SUBSIDIARITY IN POLITICS

December 4, 2017
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While there are many emerging questions in America’s current political landscape, one consistently rises to the top: Who is better positioned to make decisions about how particular communities thrive — the federal government or the communities themselves?
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Natural Law and the Civitas Dei Program

November 20, 2017
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Why should American intelligence be ethical?  The short answer is that it’s American.  And Americans, whatever their religious creed or background, have generally expected that our democratic government will be guided by ethical standards in all its activities and functions.
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Where Are the All-Star Teams in Academia?

October 23, 2017
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The 1992 Summer Olympics remains famous today for the United States “dream team” for men’s basketball – Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Dave Stockton, and others.
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Why Should American Intelligence Be Ethical?

October 2, 2017
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Why should American intelligence be ethical?  The short answer is that it’s American.  And Americans, whatever their religious creed or background, have generally expected that our democratic government will be guided by ethical standards in all its activities and functions.
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