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Dr. Robert G. Kennedy

Professor and Chair, Department of Catholic Studies
201 Sitzmann Hall
(651) 962-5140

Academic History

B.A., Philosophy, College of St. Thomas, 1972
M.A., Theology - New Testament, St. Paul Seminary, 1980
M.M.S., Master of Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1982
Ph.D., Medieval Studies - Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1985
M.B.A., Management, College of St. Thomas, 1990


Patristic Theology
Medieval Philosophy and Theology
Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Social Thought
Professional Ethics

Selected Publications

The Good that Business Does. Grand Rapids, MI: Acton Institute, 2006. 

“Ethics, Courage and Self-Discipline” Finance et bien commun (Switzerland), #18-19, Spring-Summer 2004, 136-139.

Development of Doctrine in Moral Theology: Can What Was Once Wrong Now Be Right?” in University of St Thomas Law Journal, 1 (2003) 253-273.  

Spirituality and the Christian Manager,” in Oliver Williams, ed, Business, Religion and Spirituality: A New Synthesis. (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003) pp 81-93.

The Professionalization of Work,” in Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Work as Key to the Social Question (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2002) pp 99-110.

Will We Ever Have Enough Priests?America 13 September 1997, pp 18-22.

Selected Presentations

“Business and Human Development: The Proposal of the Encyclical Caritas in veritate,” 16th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain, 13 May 2010.

 “On Being Truly Practical: Why Virtue Matters in Business,” conference on The Business of Practical Wisdom. Catholic University, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, 25 Sep 2009.

 “St Thomas Aquinas on bellum iustum,” conference on The Hermeneutics of the Just War Tradition, Institut für Theologie und Frieden, Hamburg, Germany, 4-6 January 2009.

“Is the Just War Theory Obsolete?” International Society for Military Ethics, San Diego, CA, 25 January 2008.

“Is the Doctrine of Preemption a Legitimate Element of the Just War Tradition?” Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, Washington, DC, 27 January 2005.

Professional Memberships

American Catholic Philosophical Association

-  Executive Council, 1994-96

-  Chair, Committee on the Future of the ACPA (1995-96)

-  Chair, ACPA Working Group on Business Ethics, 1991-

-  Member, Organizing Committee, 1999 Annual Conference

Catholic Biblical Association

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics (JSCOPE) 

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 201 - 03 Path/Expres/Pract in Cath Spir - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 55S B10
CRN: 43157 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert G. Kennedy This course provides an investigation into the various forms and expressions of spirituality which derive their inspiration from a common origin in Christian Revelation and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We will examine in depth a selection of topics and themes having to do with differing expressions and practices of Catholic spirituality across a number of historical eras and cultures. Possible topics include prayer and contemplation; the varieties of lay and religious spiritualities in both their solitary and communal dimensions; virtue; and vocation and work. Interdisciplinary course materials will draw on sources in theology, philosophy, history, literature, and art or music.

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CATH 393 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41270 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert G. Kennedy

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CATH 495 - I2 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43521 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert G. Kennedy

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DVMT 725 - 01 Catholic Social Teaching M - - - - - - 0830 - 1030 BEC 101
CRN: 40483 Instructor: Robert G. Kennedy Provides an overview of the Church's social teaching as reflected in Sacred Scripture, papal encyclicals and other documents, while applying Catholic social teaching to an illustrative selection of contemporary issues. Issues include poverty, immigration, business ethics, racism, the environment, globalization, rural economies, war and peace, terrorism, economic justice, and human rights. Prerequisite: (for M.A.T. students): DVMT 601 or permission by instructor.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 297 - 01 Dawson&Dynamics of Church Hist M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 55S 207
CRN: 21492 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert G. Kennedy The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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CATH 401 - 01 Church&Culture:Soc Dim of Cath M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 55S B10
CRN: 22533 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert G. Kennedy This course provides an investigation into the ways in which Catholicism is inherently social and ecclesial. Its specific focus is on the Christian engagement with the world. The course's framework will be taken from the analysis of society into three spheres of action (culture, politics, and economics) as described in Centesimus annus. We will examine the ways that Revelation, the sacramental life, and the teachings of the Church call Catholics to seek holiness and to witness to their faith in the world. Specific topics may include social and economic justice, politics and public policy, lay and religious apostolates, education, and marriage and family. Course materials may include resources from philosophy, theology, history, economics, and political science. Prerequisite: CATH 101 and Junior standing

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