J. Brian Benestad
D'Amour Professor of Catholic Thought
A.B., Assumption College, 1963
S.T.L., Gregorian University, 1968
Ph.D., Boston College, 1979
Undergraduate Courses Taught:
The Problem of God
Catholic Social Thought
Church, State, and Society: An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine, (Catholic University of America Press, 2011).
Ernest L. Fortin, The Birth of Philosophical Christianity: Studies in Early Christian and Medieval Thought, Volume 1, edited by J. Brian Benestad (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).
Ernest L. Fortin, Classical Christianity and the Political Order: Reflection on the Theological-Political Problem, Volume 2, edited by J. Brian Benestad (Lanham, MD: Towman & Littlefield, 1996).
Ernest L. Fortin, Human Rights, Virtue, and the Common Good: Untimely Meditations on Religion and Politics, Volume 3, Foreword and edited by J. Brian Benestad (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).
The Pursuit of a Just Social Order: Policy Statements of the United States Catholic Bishops, 1966-1980. Washington: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1982. Foreword by Avery Dulles, S.J.
Quest for Justice: A Compendium of Statements of the United States Catholic Bishops on the Political and Social Order, 1966-1980. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, 1981, (J. Brian Benestad and Francis J. Butler, co-editors).
"Class Struggle" in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-2013, volume 1 (Detroit: Gale, 2013), 275-276.
"Praxis (and Catholic Social Teaching)" in New Catholic Encyclopedia Suplement 2012-2013-, volume 3 (Detroit: Gale, 2013), 1254-1257.
"Liberal Education: Modern and Ancient Perspectives," in Jerusalem and Athen, & Tome: Essays in Honor of James V. Schall, S.J., Edited by Marc Guerra (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine's Press, 2013), 342-368.
"Three themes in Pope Benedict's Caritas in veritate," Nova et Vetera, 8, no. 4 (2010), 723-744.
"Doctrinal Perspectives on the Church in the Modern World," in Vatican II Renewal Within Tradition, edited by Matthew Lamb and Matthew Levering (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 147-164.
Review Essay on Leon Kass' Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: the Challenge for Bioethics and Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 5, no. 3 (Autumn 2005), 631-645.
"The Catholic Concept of Social Justice: A Historical Perspective," Communio, 11, No. 4 (1984), pp. 364-381.
"Why Pope John Paul II Had to Criticize Contemporary Moral Theories in Veritaties splendor" Paper delivered at the annual convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, September 28, 2013.
Presentation on my Church, State, and Society: Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine, University of St. Thomas, Minn., Five day seminar, June 11-15, 2012.
Presentation on Papal Social Teaching, University of St. Thomas, Texas, Four day seminar in June of 2009.
Presentations on Liberal Education and Catholic Moral Theology to Faculty at Ave Maria University, August, 2008
"Bernanos and Tolkien on Evil," For Catholic Studies Program at Nassau Community College, June, 2008.
"The Practice of Medicine and Biotechnology in the Light of Medicine's Purposes and Virtue Ethics" Presentation to Irish and English physicians at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, October, 2004
Grants and Awards:
Alpha Sigma Nu Award for Teaching, University of Scranton, 1980-.
Academy of Catholic Theology
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Editor, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly