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Monday, June 24, 2013

Professor Cathleen Kaveny Wins Catholic Press Award

June 24, 2013 | By: Kyle Fitzenreiter


Professor M. Cathleen Kaveny’s newest book, Law’s Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society (Georgetown University Press) has won a 2013 Catholic Press Award (First Place) in the category of Faithful Citizenship, which includes books covering contemporary political issues and the formation of conscience.

In announcing the award, the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada noted that:

“Law’s Virtues is a lucid, timely analysis of the role of law in a complex, multi-dimensional democratic society, and law’s potential for being a “teacher of virtue.” Thoroughly researched and compellingly argued, this volume is expansive, timely, and readable. The author addresses many fraught political/moral issues and is replete with illuminating distinctions and practical wisdom.”

Professor Kaveny teaches contract law to first-year law students at the Notre Dame Law School and offers a number of seminars that explore the relationship between theology, philosophy, and law. She also teaches in the Department of Theology.

A video of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs seminar on the book is available at Georgetown University’s website.

A podcast of a discussion about the book that was hosted by the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings is available at Brookings Institution’s website.


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Just as there is a difference between wandering in the desert in search of a living god, just love, and recognizing that we no longer have to wander in the desert in search of The Living God, because Love became flesh and dwelt among us, there is a difference between being autonomous and being in communion with The Truth of Love. It is that difference that makes all the difference.

Law's Virtues are a reflection of The True God, which is why only The True God can endow us with our inherent Right to Religious Liberty, the purpose of which is to come to know, Love, and serve The Communion of Perfect Love that Is The Blessed Trinity. Love Is desiring Salvation for one's beloved.

Posted by: Nancy | Jun 25, 2013 12:27:18 PM

Prof. Kaveny's strained pro-Obama reading of free exercise jurisprudence and U.S. v Lee took yet another hit today, in the en banc Tenth Circuit opinion in Hobby Lobby's favor. But the Catholic Press Assocation has its own priorities, I guess.

Posted by: Matt Bowman | Jun 27, 2013 1:36:07 PM