The Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
The Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) promotes scholarship that explores the relationship between the Catholic intellectual tradition and American constitutionalism. That tradition is deep and rich, including philosophical and theological accounts of law and politics by such figures as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. Although CIT’s primary focus is on theories of constitutional law, such as originalism, its ambit is broad and covers the relevance of the Catholic intellectual tradition for constitutional history, doctrine, and other fields of study. CIT will carry out its mission through such activities as guest lectures, conferences, courses offered through the Law School, a program on the Catholic intellectual tradition for young lawyers in the D.C. area, and a program of special events and offerings for students at The Catholic University of America. Many of these events will be reflected in this repository.

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Submissions from 2023

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The Future of Liberalism, J. Joel Alicea, Robert P. George, and William A. Galston

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The Catholic Foundations of the Establishment Clause, Gerard V. Bradley, Michael Breidenbach, and Kyle Duncan

Submissions from 2022

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Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: A Jurist's Perspective, J. Joel Alicea, Kyle Duncan, Paul B. Matey, and Amul R. Thapar

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Natural Law and Original Meaning, J. Joel Alicea, Kevin C. Walsh, Sherif Girgis, and Lee Strang

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Inaugural Lecture With Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Samuel Alito

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Is the Administrative State Morally Legitimate, Chad Squitieri, Jennifer Mascott, Paul J. Ray, and Adam J. White