Religious Freedom, the Church, and International Law
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Published on Sep 26, 2012
This video is from the event "Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty," a symposium hosted by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. The event is part of the Religious Freedom Project, an interdisciplinary research project sponsored by the Luce Foundation.
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For more on the Berkley Center, visit: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu
For more on the Religious Freedom Project: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/rfp
September 13, 2012 | Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has placed considerable emphasis on the importance of religious freedom as a matter of human dignity and individual flourishing, and as central to a just and democratic society. Abroad, the persecution of Christians and others has reached significant, perhaps even crisis, proportions. At home, issues involving same-sex marriage, abortion, and contraception have sparked sharp controversy about threats to religious freedom, leading the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to establish its own committee to begin engaging these issues.
The Maryland Catholic Bishops Conference and the Religious Freedom Project of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs brought together leading Catholic scholars to address these questions from different perspectives. Cardinal Donald Wuerl gave the symposium keynote address.
ROBERT DESTRO is professor of law and is director and founder of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion. He joined the faculty in 1982, and served as Interim Dean from 1999-2001. From 1983 to 1989, he served as a commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and led the commission's discussions in the areas of discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin and religion. He served as general counsel to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights from 1977 to 1982, and as an adjunct associate professor of law at Marquette University from 1978-1982. From 1975 to 1977, he was engaged in the private practice of law with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio.
JOHN LANGAN is the Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Catholic Social Thought in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University. His research interests include ethics and international affairs, especially applications of just war theory; human rights in theory and practice; capital punishment; Catholic social teaching; the place of religion in liberal political thought; and the ethical theories of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. He has edited Catholic Universities in Church and Society (1993) and A Moral Vision for America (1998). Langan holds an AB, MA, and PhL from Loyola University, as well as a BD from Woodstock College and PhD from the University of Michigan.
DANIEL PHILPOTT is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Philpott is the author of Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations (Princeton 2001) and a range of articles on religion and international affairs, sovereignty, religious freedom and foreign policy, and the ethics of self-determination. He is currently working on a book titled Just and Unjust Peace: A Political Ethic of Reconciliation that proposes a set of ethics for countries dealing with past injustices. As a Senior Associate at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, DC, he has sought to promote faith-based reconciliation in Kashmir since 2000.
MARILYN MCMORROW is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service, and has been at Georgetown since 1992. She is an expert on political and normative theory of international relations. She teaches courses in the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service that focus on the political theory of international relations and on ethical analysis of urgent moral problems in world politics, such as human rights violations, absolute poverty and hunger, justifiable and unjustifiable resort to force, plight of refugees and migrants, and environmental rescue and repair. She also researches the role of the Nobel Peace Prize in world politics. She is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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