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David DeCosse's book receives Catholic Press Association award

The book "Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities, and Institutional Responses" (Orbis 2015) won third place in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom category of the Catholic Press Association 2016 Book Awards. Religious Studies faculty member David DeCosse and former RS colleague Kristin Heyer co-edited the book. Bill O'Neill. S.J., and Lisa Fullam of the faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology of SCU, among others, contributed excellent essays. The book was distinctive in that it approached the theology of conscience within Catholicism in a contextual fashion, with essays that examined theological issues of conscience in places ranging from India to African American neighborhoods in the United States. DeCosse is presently editing a second volume that focuses on the theme of conscience and Catholic health care and that will include essays by Fullam and RS faculty member Margaret McLean, among others. That book project, expected out in 2016, is a joint effort with the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The work on conscience has been supported by a generous gift from Michael and Phyllis Shea.