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Catholic Conceptions of Charity, Justice and Philanthropy

Story imageLecture by J. Bryan Hehir, Archdiocese of Boston and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
The Doll Lecture on Religion and Money.

Location: Lewis Library 120

Date/Time: 05/01/09 at 4:30 pm - 05/01/09 at 6:00 pm

J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is an internationally renowned theologian specializing in Catholic social teaching as well as international relations. Father Hehir is also the Secretary for Health and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. In this capacity, he was part of the controversial decision in 2006 to end Catholic Charities’ adoption work when faced with the state mandate to adopt to same-sex couples. Prior to assuming these duties, Rev. Hehir served as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the national network of Charities in the United States. He was Professor of the Practice in Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School (1993 to 2001), where he served as dean from 1998-2001. Previously, Hehir served in Washington, D.C. from 1973 to 1992 at the U.S. Conference of Bishops and at Georgetown University. In 1983, he played a key role in drafting the influential Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Nuclear Weapons. He holds BA and MA degrees from St. John's Seminary in Boston and a ThD from Harvard Divinity School. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the Board of the Arms Control Association, the Global Development Committee and the Independent Sector. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1984. Publications include: The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty; Catholicism and Democracy; Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition; and The Moral Dimension in the Use of Force.

Category: Public Lectures

Department: Doll Family Lectures in Religion and Money