Announcing the Fourth Biennial Colloquium in Law and Religion

Mark and I are pleased and honored to announce the fourth biennial (how many years is that?) Colloquium in Law and Religion, to be hosted in fall 2018. This seminar invites leading law and religion scholars to share their work before a small audience of students and faculty. Here is the slate of speakers:

September 17: Professor Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia, Emeritus)

October 1: Professor Philip Hamburger (Columbia Law School)

October 15: Professor John Inazu (Washington U. St. Louis School of Law)

October 29: Professor Micah Schwartzman (University of Virginia School of Law)

November 12: The Honorable Diane S. Sykes (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)

November 26: Professor Vincent Phillip Muñoz (University of Notre Dame)

To read more about past colloquia, please see these links:

For more information about the 2018 colloquium, please contact me at or Mark at

Around the Web

Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:

“Priests, Lawyers, and Scholars: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Araujo, S.J.” (Hendrianto, ed.)

I was fortunate to have known Fr. Robert Araujo in the last decade of his life before his premature passing in 2015. For a time, we were working together on a translation of the great natural law scholar Luigi Taparelli D’Azeglio’s “Saggio Teoretico di Diritto Naturale” (“Theoretical Essay on Natural Law”) into English (which, regrettably, we never finished). Taparelli was one of the major intellectual influences on Pope Leo XIII. Even as late as 2015, Bob was working on a large piece on the implications of Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom for the contemporary legal landscape.

I am in consequence very happy to notice this new book, a collection of essays in Araujocelebration of Bob’s life and work: Priests, Lawyers, and Scholars: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Araujo, S.J. (CUA Press), edited by Stefanus Hendrianto, S.J.

Robert J. Araujo, SJ, is a Catholic legal scholar. For more than twenty-five years, Fr. Araujo was a legal practitioner who devoted his life to defend the Church teaching in American public life and international arena. The present volume brings together twelve essays by noted scholars in honor of Fr. Araujo. The volume displays the influence of the Catholic intellectual tradition across issues such as natural law, Catholic social teachings, constitutionalism, religious freedom and public international law―in this way, the volume highlights the interconnectedness of philosophy, theology, law, and politics in the Catholic intellectual tradition.