- Fall 2017: Faith, Morality and Law Seminar; Complicity
- Spring 2018: Law & Religion
M. Cathleen Kaveny
Professor of Law
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
Stuart House M305
Law and Christian Ethics: Signposts for a Fruitful Conversation Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (2015)
This essay invites Christian ethicists to engage in a mutually beneficial conversation with the secular law, particularly the common law. It argues that the common law’s feature of narrative accountability provides a natural bridge to ...
The Remnants of Theocracy: The Puritans, the Jeremiad and the Contemporary Culture Wars Law, Culture and the Humanities (2013)
In this commentary I investigate the roots of American exceptionalism in the Puritan conception of the special covenantal relationship of New England (and later, America) with God. I argue that the contemporary culture has maintained ...
Imagination, Virtue, and Human Rights: Lessons from Australian and U.S. Law Theological Studies (2009)
The article attempts to bridge the gap between virtue theory and rights theory by asking what virtues are needed to recognize and protect human rights in concrete circumstances. Drawing on legal cases from Australia and ...
What Is Legalism? Engelhardt and Grisez on the Misuse of Law in Christian Ethics Thomist (2008)
It seems inconceivable that any contemporary Christian moralist in his or her right mind, or at least in his or her enlightened heart, would admit to being a "legalist" or uncomplainingly accede to a description ...
Diversity and Deliberation: Bioethics Commissions and Moral Reasoning Journal of Religious Ethics (2006)
This article considers the sort of diversity in perspective appropriate for a presidential commission on bioethics, and by implication, high-level governmental commissions on ethics more generally. It takes as its point of comparison the respective ...
Between Example and Doctrine: Contract Law and Common Morality Journal of Religious Ethics (2005)
In Democracy and Tradition, Jeffrey Stout contends that American constitutional democracy constitutes a well-functioning moral and political tradition that is not hostile to religion, although it does not depend on any specifically religious claims. I ...
The Order of Widows: What the Early Church Can Teach Us about Older Women and Health Care Christian Bioethics (2005)
This article argues that the early Christian "order of widows" provides a fruitful model for Christian ethicists struggling to address the medical and social problems of elderly women today. After outlining the precarious state of ...
Conjoined Twins and Catholic Moral Analysis: Extraordinary Means and Casuistical Consistency Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2002)
This article draws upon the Roman Catholic distinction between “ordinary” and “extraordinary” means of medical treatment to analyze the case of “Jodie” and “Mary,” the Maltese conjoined twins whose surgical separation was ordered by the ...
The Case of Conjoined Twins: Embodiment, Individuality, and Dependence Theological Studies (2001)
The English courts in November 2000 authorized the surgical separation of conjoined twins known by the pseudonyms “Jodie” and “Mary.” The operation resulted in the immediate death of Mary, while giving Jodie real hope of ...
Religious Claims and the Dynamics of Argument Wake Forest Law Review (2001)
This Article investigates the questions whether and when religious claims may enter into public debate about important political issues by considering the purposes of argument in the public square. These purposes include: (1) argument as ...