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.

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