Robert A. Destro — ‘Non-Establishment’ Principle: Text, Structure, and the Politics of Power

Robert A. Destro, Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Rethinking the ‘Non-Establishment’ Principle: Text, Structure, and the Politics of Power”.  Professor Destro’s talk was part of the Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Conservative Weakness and the Solution: Catholic Social Teaching

Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic

     In my article on “Roman Catholicism” in American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, I wrote that, “Conservative thought parallels Roman Catholic teaching in many respects.” I also pointed out, however, that the Church “does not fully embrace it or any particular socio-politico-economic perspective.” I especially pointed to the problem of the classical liberal economic perspective in certain branches of what is today called “conservatism,” which is probably the predominant view in varying degrees of most of the political right.

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