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Bernard Brady

Ph.D. University of Chicago
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The University of Chicago Divinity School, Ph.D. in Ethics and Society Area;
        Dissertation:  "Rights, the Common Good and Roman Catholic Social Thought"
The University of Chicago Divinity School, M.A. in Divinity, June 1983
Loyola University of Chicago, B.S. in Theology and Psychology, June 1979
St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland,  Ohio 

Areas of Academic Interest
Catholic moral theology with an emphasis in Catholic social thought


Catholic Press Association: Book Award, Third Place Catholic Social Teaching, Essential Catholic Social Thought, 2018
John Ireland Presidential Award, 2013
All College Council Service Award, 2007
Professor of the Year, 2005
Outstanding Faculty in Service-Learning Award, 2004
Multicultural Student Services Student of Color Ally Award, 2002-03
Aquinas Scholars Honors Program Professor of the Year, 2002-03
University of St. Thomas Distinguished Educator, 1995-96

Administrative Experience
Chair, Theology Department, 2006-2018
Assistant to the Chair, Theology Department, 2004-2006
Director, Aquinas Scholars Honors Program, 1999- 2003
Coordinator for Service Learning in the Curriculum, 1995-1998

Select Publications


Essential Catholic Social Thought, 2nd Edition (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books), 2017.

Be Good and Do Good:  Thinking Through Moral Theology  (Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 2014)

Essential Catholic Social Thought (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008).

A Spiritual Field Guide:  Meditations for the Open Air with Mark Neuzil (Brazos Press, 2005).

Christian Love: How Christians Through the Ages Have Understood Love (Washington, D.C., Georgetown University Press, 2003).

The Moral Bond of Community: Justice and Discourse in Christian Morality (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1998). 

Book, Co-editor
Religion and Public Life: The Legacy of Monsignor John A. Ryan, Robert Kennedy, Mary Christine Athans, Bernard Brady, William McDonough and Michael Naughton, editors, (Lanham: University Press of America, 2001).


“From Catholic Social Thought to Catholic Social Living: A Narrative of the Tradition,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought Vol. 15, No. 2 (2018): 317-352. 

“The Freedom to ‘Bridge’ Silos and the Role of Theology in a Catholic University,” K. Garcia, ed.,  Reexamining Academic Freedom in Religiously Affiliated Universities, 179-198 (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 179-198.

“Universal Love and Interreligious Dialogue: A Reflection on A Common Word,” Lumen: A Journal of Catholic Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016): 39-56.

“On the Meaning of the ‘Catholic Intellectual Tradition,’” Journal of Catholic Higher Education Vol. 32, No. 2 (2013): 189-205

“Love and Recent Developments in Moral Theology,” The Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2012):  147-176.

"Communitarianism," in Robert Wuthnow, ed., The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc. 1998), 175-177.

"Listen All You Who Trample on the Needy," Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2 (1996): 19-30.

"The Common Good and the Purpose of the Firm," M. Naughton, H. Alford, and B. Brady, Journal of Human Values Vol. 1, No. 2 (1995): 221-37.  Also published in James Donahue and M. Theresa Moser, ed., Religion, Ethics and the Common Good (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1996), 206-35.

"Political Ethics and Ethical Politicians: The Case of St. Paul Ethical Practices Board," Theology and Public Policy Vol. 6, No. 1 (1994): 22-32.

"An Analysis of the Use of Rights Language in Pre-Modern Catholic Thought," The Thomist Vol. 57, No. 1 (1993): 97-121.

"Rerum Novarum and the Modern Corporation," B. Brady, K. Goodpaster and R. Kennedy, in Francis McHugh and Samuel Natale, ed., Things Old and New: Catholic Social Teaching Revisited, ed. (Landam, MD: University Press of America, 1993), pp. 259-83.  Also published in: International Journal of Value Based Management Vol. 4, No. 2 (1991): 57-75

Many other Reviews and Presentations

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
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THEO 215 - M1 Christian Morality M - - - - - - 1700 - 2045 JRC 222

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JRC 222

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Bernard V. Brady

This course is an introduction to the principles, methods and topics of Christian theological ethics. The following themes will be addressed: the relation of Christian faith to moral reflection and decision making (both individual and social); the contribution of the Christian tradition to the understanding of the human person (including freedom, sin, conscience, character and grace); the role of the believing community in its relation to culture; and the connection of worship and spirituality to the Christian moral life. Some application will be made to selected issues in personal, professional and social ethics. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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