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Dr. Robert G. Kennedy

Professor, Catholic Studies
Office
Sitzmann Hall 310
Phone
(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

Expertise

Medieval Philosophy and Theology
Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Social Thought
Professional Ethics

Selected Publications

Justice in Taxation. Grand Rapids, MI: Acton Institute, 2018. 

“Dürfen Soldaten vorsätzlich toten? Eine theologische Untersuchung,” [“May Soldiers Intend to Kill? A Theological Inquiry”] in Bernhard Koch, ed., Den Gegner schützen? (Berlin: Nomos, 2014) pp 241-263.

“Thomas Aquinas’s Model of God,” in Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities, Jeanine Diller and Asa Kasher, eds., (Dordrecht: Spring SBM, 2013) pp 157-164.

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

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.  

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

“Subsidiarity and the Management of Associations,” invited presentation at the 13th German-American Colloquium (Wildbath Kreuth, Germany) 22 July 2014.

“Can Harsh Interrogation Be Morally Legitimate?” invited panel presentation, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, 14th Annual Fall Conference, 8 November 2013.

“A Catholic Analysis of Modern Problems for the Just War Tradition,” invited presentation at the Sixth Galilee Colloquium on Social, Moral and Legal Philosophy, Kfar Blum, Israel, 23 June 2011.

“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

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

International Society for Military Ethics (ISME)

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 201 - 01 Path/Expres/Pract in Cath Spir - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

20464 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 205 - 01 Crisis and Development - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

22620 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

This course explores from an interdisciplinary perspective the history of the Catholic Church as it interacts with the secular world and is shaped by its dominant personalities and events. No other institution in history has survived, and flourished, for so long and in the face of so many challenges. This course will critically reflect upon the history of the Church, from its origins in the Apostolic Age to the modern period, as a series of cycles with a common pattern of creativity, achievement, and retreat. Students may expect to complete the course with an awareness and understanding of the major personalities and events, secular and ecclesial, that have shaped the life of the Church.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 398 - 01 Practical Ldrship in Cath Orgs - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

21295 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

In modern developed countries it is virtually impossible to earn a living or to make one’s work effective without associating with one (or even many) formal organizations. Students who major or minor in Catholic Studies can expect to receive a solid formation in the Catholic tradition—but most will also enter the world of work. The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the operation of organizations and with the perspectives and skills of managers and leaders. The course will consider both clerical and lay vocations, giving attention to management in a parish context (as a clerical function) but also to the vocation of the laity to management as this plays out in a variety of organizations. We will be assisted in this by a number of guest speakers, clerical and lay, who will share their expertise and experience. Students can expect to take away from the course a fundamental understanding of the structure and essential operations of important organizations associated with the Church and a basic grasp of management principles and skills.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 495 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22977 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 205 - 01 Crisis and Development - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 55S B10

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

43110 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

This course explores from an interdisciplinary perspective the history of the Catholic Church as it interacts with the secular world and is shaped by its dominant personalities and events. No other institution in history has survived, and flourished, for so long and in the face of so many challenges. This course will critically reflect upon the history of the Church, from its origins in the Apostolic Age to the modern period, as a series of cycles with a common pattern of creativity, achievement, and retreat. Students may expect to complete the course with an awareness and understanding of the major personalities and events, secular and ecclesial, that have shaped the life of the Church.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 398 - 01 Practical Ldrship in Cath Orgs - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 55S B10

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

43111 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

This course will examine in detail a small focused set of questions arising from one or more areas of the interdisciplinary program in Catholic Studies. Topics will vary from year to year but will not duplicate existing courses. The selection in any given semester will depend upon the interest of the students and instructors and on the availability of community resources (for example, guest lecturers). Some examples of subject matter include: Is Christian tragedy possible? Does Catholic belief conflict with the findings of modern science? What is the relationship of Catholicism to various economic systems? The odd number is used if the course fulfills a core curriculum requirement. Please click here to view the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)