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, Saint 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 engage the church and community, facilitate scholarship, provide public policy analysis, and support student scholars.

Upcoming Events

Mar 23 2018
religious freedom

Friday, March 23, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:25 PM
Friday, March 23, 2018; 9 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.

The spring symposium of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal

Apr 13 2018
Hot Topics: Cool Talk for Lyris

Friday, April 13, 2018
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Tax law and Catholic studies professors, Scott Taylor and Robert Kennedy, debate whether the U.S. Tax code ought to be used as a tool to address income inequality.