Fall 2012: Sacred Politics

So Help Me God? Scriptural Authority and Public Conscience

Leading into the 2012 presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections in the United States, the fall quarter of the 2012–13 Bannan Institute will host a series of public lectures exploring Christian texts relevant to issues of significant public debate, and engaging major questions of authority, national identity, and public conscience.

Voting, Religious Liberty, and the Common Good

by M. Cathleen Kaveny |

October 10, 2012 | 7:00-8:30PM
Gesu Chapel, Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley | MAP

Co-Sponsored with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Professor M. Cathleen Kaveny is one of the leading Catholic intellectuals in the United States writing on the intersection of Catholic morality, law, and politics. In this talk, she'll discuss Catholic morality, the 2012 election, and the recent religious liberty campaign by the United States Catholic bishops.

M. Cathleen Kaveny is John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University. Kaveny focuses on the relationship of law and morality. She earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1984, and holds four graduate degrees from Yale University including her M.A. (1986), M.Phil. (1990), J.D. (1990) and Ph.D. (1991). A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993, Professor Kaveny clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as an associate at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray in its health-law group. Professor Kaveny has published over forty articles and essays, in journals and books specializing in law, ethics, and medical ethics. Professor Kaveny is a member of the Steering Committee of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, which was founded by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to help overcome polarization within the Catholic Church. She also serves on the advisory board of the Notre Dame's Erasmus Institute, created in 1997 to focus on reinvigorating the role of religiously-based intellectual traditions in contemporary scholarship.

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