Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy

A venture of the Center for Catholic Studies and the School of Law,  the Murphy Institute works to engage both the public and academic community in rigorous discussions that bring historical and contemporary Catholic perspectives to bear on debates in law and public policy.  From Augustine and Aquinas to Galileo and Thomas More, on to Montesquieu, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, the vibrant programs of the Murphy Institute plumb the interdisciplinary riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition and draw upon other academic disciplines and faith traditions to:

  • Facilitate scholarship and scholarly discussions
  • Engage and serve the church and community through public events
  • Support the development of curricular resources that integrate the Catholic intellectual tradition in the classroom
  • Provide nonpartisan public policy analysis
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Welcome to the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy is a collaboration between the Center for Catholic Studies and the School of Law at the University of St. Thomas. The Institute explores the various interactions between law and Catholic thought on topics ranging from workers' rights to criminal law to marriage and family. 

Upcoming Events

Oct 07 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
October 7, 2016, Seminar at 1:30 p.m.; Lecture at 3:30 p.m.

The Earth Unmoored? Reading Nature and Scripture in the Time of Galileo - Fall 2016 Seminar and Lecture Series

Oct 10 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Charlie Camosy and Robin Marty explore a new model of social support and restrictions.