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Robert G. Kennedy

Co-director of the Murphy Institute, 2003-2011, 2019-present; Professor of Catholic Studies
Office
201 Sitzmann Hall
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

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.

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.

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

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

International Society for Military Ethics (ISME)

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 495 - 01 Work in the Catholic Tradition - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30691 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

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Fall 2019 Courses

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

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0955 - 1135

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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.

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DVMT 725 - 01 Catholic Social Teaching - T - - F - - 0815 - 0945 BEC LL19

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- T - - F - -

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0815 - 0945

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BEC LL19

Course Registration Number:

42191 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Robert G. Kennedy

This course provides an overview of the Church’s social teaching as found in Scripture and ecclesial documents. It promotes the vision of the common good that unites the principles of Catholic social thought and their implications for contemporary issues and life in community. Finally, it explores ways to integrate the vision and principles in the preparation of homilies. Prerequisite: DVMT 601 or permission by instructor.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
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