The Catholic University of America

Liberty and Solidarity:
Living the Vocation to Business

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

September 24 – 26, 2014

Robert G. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Catholic Studies
University of St. Thomas


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


Patristic Theology
Medieval Philosophy and Theology
Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Social Thought
Professional Ethics


Selected Publications

The Good that Business Does. Grand Rapids, MI: Acton Institute, 2006.

“Ethics, Courage and Self-Discipline” Finance et bien commun (Switzerland), #18-19, Spring-Summer 2004, 136-139.

“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.

“Spirituality and the Christian Manager,” in Oliver Williams, ed, Business, Religion and Spirituality: A New Synthesis. (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003) pp 81-93.

“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.

“Will We Ever Have Enough Priests?” America 13 September 1997, pp 18-22.

Selected Presentations

“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
  • Chair, Committee on the Future of the ACPA (1995-96)
  • Chair, ACPA Working Group on Business Ethics, 1991-
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 1999 Annual Conference

Catholic Biblical Association

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics (JSCOPE)

This event is by invitation only