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Religious Liberty in Limelight as Catholic Social Teaching Experts Descend on D.C.

Catholic scholars and experts from across the country are convening in Washington, D.C., this week to consider pressing issues in Catholic social teaching, including the timely subject of religious freedom. The Catholic University of America is hosting the fifth annual Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought from June 4 through 8. The Institute is sponsored by the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) with support from The Cardinal Newman Society's Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. From the CUA news release:
“As part of the Catholic Church’s call to its people to reflect on religious freedom, the first three days of the 2012 summer institute will focus on this timely issue,” says Rev. Paul Sullins, institute director and associate professor of sociology at Catholic University. The bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 to July 4. They outlined their concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad, in the document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” issued last month by the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. On June 4, 5, and 6, institute speakers will address topics including global religious freedom; and life, contraception, and religious freedom. John Garvey, president of Catholic University and an expert in constitutional law, religious liberty, and the First Amendment, will address the freedom of the Catholic university. ... On June 7 and 8, institute speakers will address how entrepreneurs can conduct business to promote human dignity and the common good. The focus on those days draws from a 2011 document titled "Vocation of a Business Leader," by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. ... Institute speakers include: •  Monsignor Stuart Swetland, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, and vice president for Catholic identity, Mount St. Mary's University •  John Garvey, president, The Catholic University of America •  Stephen Krason, president of SCSS and professor of political science and legal studies, Franciscan University of Steubenville •  Richard Doerflinger, associate director of prolife activities, USCCB •  Patrick J. Deneen,  former Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair in Hellenic Studies and director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, Department of Government, Georgetown University. •  Brian Engelland, interim chair and professor of marketing, Department of Business and Economics, Catholic University •  Stephen Hilbert, foreign policy adviser, Africa and global development, Office of International Justice and Peace, USCCB •  F. K. Marsh, associate professor of management, Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business, Mount St. Mary’s University •  Paul Marshall, senior fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, The Hudson Institute, and author of  Religious Freedom in the World (2008) and Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide (2011) •  Rev. James Schall, S.J., author of Roman Catholic Political Philosophy (2006) and professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University •  Christopher Shannon, professor, Department of History, Christendom College •  Rev. Paul Sullins, editor of Catholic Social Thought: American Reflections on the Compendium (2008) and associate professor, Department of Sociology, Catholic University
More information about the Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought is available here. CUA is recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

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