Peter J. Casarella is an Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre
Dame. His main area of research is Latino/a Theology. He previously served as professor
of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural
Theology (CWCIT) at DePaul University and held teaching and adminsitrative positions at
The Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas. He received his PhD in
Religious Studies at Yale University after completing a dissertation on the theology of
the word of the fifteenth century Catholic thinker Nicholas of Cusa. 

Books & Edited Volumes


Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress (2014)

Based on a careful reading of Pope Benedict's 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate ("Charity in...



Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom (2014)

Inspired by the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, this volume gathers...



A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (with William F. Storrar and Paul Louis Metzger) (2011)

Does global civil society offer hope of a world for all? Reflecting on globalization, ethics,...



Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006)

The thought of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) draws upon a rich heritage of ancient, medieval,...



Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (with George P. Schner SJ) (1998)

Not all thinkers have closed the book on modernity and opened a new one on...


Book Chapters


"A Healthy Shock": Tradition and the Epiphany of Beauty, Tradition as the Future of Innovation (2015)


Public Reason and Intercultural Dialogue, At the Limits of the Secular: Catholic Reflections on Faith and Public Life (2014)

This essay examines the idea of a human person and the idea of intercultural dialogue...



Priestly Ministry: Helping the Search for True Life, Entering into the Mind of Christ: The True Nature of Theology (2014)


"Hans Urs von Balthasar, Erich Przywara's Analogia Entis, and the Problem of a Catholic Denkform", The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Antichrist or the Wisdom of God? (2011)


"Thinking Out Loud about the Triune God: Problems and Prospects for a Trinitarian Social Ethic in a Procedural Republic", A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011)

An excerpt from this chapter's first paragraph:

"Discourse about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...


Research Articles


Conversion and Witnessing: Intercultural Renewal in a World Church, Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2013)

Witnessing is very closely connected to Christian conversion in the New Testament. For example, the...



"'The Great Task of the University': Reflections on the Regensburg Address of Pope Benedict XVI", Cultural Encounters--A Journal for the Theology of Culture (2008)

Pope Benedict’s address at the University of Regensburg created a firestorm. But far from trying...



"Carmen Dei: Music and Creation in Three Theologians", Theology Today (2006)

The essay traces the idea that God creates the world with the harmony, order, and...


Book Reviews, Shorter Contributions, & Translations

Los Estados Unidos en espera del Papa Argentino, Criterio (2015)

The Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis is eagerly anticipated by Catholics in the United States....



Response to Stanley Hauerwas, "A Worldly Church", Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture (2009)

An excerpt from the response:

"Responding to a thinker with the originality of Stanley Hauerwas...



"HTI's Collaborations at Princeton and Beyond", Perspectivas (2007)

From April 19-21, 2007, I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying HTI scholars Néstor Medina...




"Beauty and Justice and the Present Tasks of Intercultural Theology, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (2013)



"The Future of Latino Theology" (2014)

This interview was prepared by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Letters at...



"A Big Heart Open to God"--Conversation with NPR about Pope Francis' Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ (2013)

Pope Francis gave an interview with the Jesuit periodical La Civilta Cattolica about himself, his...



Interview with RealClearReligion (2013)

Nicholas Hahn III asks about the significance of the election of Pope Francis for Latino...



"Now is an image of what is to come" (2010)

An Interview with Jason Byassee of the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke Divinity School...