Publications by our faculty fellows and recommended reading.
A Reason Open to God: On Universities, Education, and Culture
With clarity and wisdom, Pope Benedict XVI sets out his vision for Catholic higher education in this first and only collection of his major addresses on the topic. What is the mission and identity of a Catholic university? What are the responsibilities of administrators, teachers, and students in Catholic institutes of higher learning? Where does the central theme of “love of God and others” fit into academia?
J. Steven Brown | View Bio
A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
This second edition streamlines some of the editing from the first addition, and more importantly, includes material from Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, and his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. A Catechism for Business presents the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to more than one hundred specific and challenging moral questions as they have been asked by business leaders. Andrew V. Abela and Joseph E. Capizzi have assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions. Questions and answers are grouped together under major topics such as marketing, finance and investment. The book’s easy-to-use question and answer approach invites quick reference for tough questions and serves as a basis for reflection and deeper study in the rich Catholic tradition of social doctrine.
Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare
The just war ethic emerges from an affirmative response to the basic question of whether people may sometimes permissibly intend to kill other people.
In Politics, Justice, and War, Joseph E. Capizzi clarifies the meaning and coherence of the ‘just war’ approach, to the use of force in the context of Christian ethics. By reconnecting the just war ethic to an Augustinian political approach, Capizzi illustrates that the just war ethic requires emphasis on the ‘right intention’, or goal, of peace as ordered justice. With peace set as the goal of war, the various criteria of the just war ethic gain their intelligibility and help provide practical guidance to all levels of society regarding when to go to war and how to strive to contain it.
So conceived, the ethic places stringent limits on noncombatant or ‘innocent’ killing in war, helps make sense of contemporary technological and strategic challenges, and opens up space for a critical and constructive dialogue with international law.
Joseph E. Capizzi | View Bio
A Chair for Pope Francis: A Collection of Designs for the Papal Sanctuary and Charrette
It was destined for an event that was not only historic and public, but also sacred. The design was tasked to be temporary yet permanent and humble yet noble. Deliverables included plans, elevations, D digital and physical models, and a prayer to win.
In April 2015, the Archdiocese of Washington DC solicited design entries from the students of The Catholic University of America for the furniture of Pope Francis’ Mass during His visit to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The central focus was the chair, ambo and altar; timeless pieces were desired. In addition to being visually, artistically and architecturally consistent and compliant to Catholic liturgy, practical considerations such as the need to transport, assemble and dismantle design elements in a short period of time were pivotal design requests. Students were encouraged to engage non-related disciplines to inform their designs. Their submissions exceeded all these requirements.
This book is a collection of works submitted for the Papal Sanctuary Charrette Competition. The variety of student design submissions reflect the seemingly impossible task of integrating Pope Francis’ humility with the grandeur of the Shrine’s interior. Each entry resounds of theology, technology and sustainable imperatives bound into artful manifestations of design thinking.
Wealth of Persons: Economics With a Human Face
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century initiated a great debate not just about inequality but also regarding the failures found in the economic models used by theoreticians and practitioners alike. Wealth of Persons offers a totally different perspective that challenges the very terms of the debate. The Great Recession reveals a great existential rift at the core of certain economic reflections, thereby showing the real crisis of the crisis of economics. In the human sciences we have created a kind of “Tower of Babel” where we cannot understand each other any longer. The “breakdowns” occur equally on the personal, social, political, and economic levels. There is a need for an “about-face” in method to restore harmony among dissociated disciplines. Wealth of Persons offers a key to such a restoration, applying insights and analysis taken from different economic scholars, schools of thought, philosophical traditions, various disciplines, and charismatic entrepreneurs. Wealth of Persons aims at recapturing an adequate understanding of the acting human person in the economic drama, one that measures up to the reality. The investigation is a passport allowing entry into the land of economic knowledge, properly unfolding the anthropological meaning of the free economy.
The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot
Anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can gather that their author hated tyranny, but few know that the novelist who once described himself as a hobbit “in all but size” was—even by hobbit standards—a zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. There is a growing concern among many that the West is sliding into political, economic, and moral bankruptcy. In his beloved novels of Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has drawn us a map to freedom.
The Pope & The CEO: John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard
Andreas Widmer gives a behind-the-scenes look into Pope John Paul II, the most authentically human person I have ever met, and reveals how those memories shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. In what papal biographer George Weigel calls a powerful example of leadership at work, Widmer recounts his personal experiences serving Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Swiss Guard, and the secrets of successful leadership that he learned at the feet of the great pope.
“John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That s something that makes both good human sense and good business sense.” – Andreas Widmer Former Swiss Guard, CEO and business leader.