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Catholic Social Scientists Gather in New York

8/31/2012 - 12:10 PM PST

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STEUBENVILLE, OH (August 31, 2012) - The Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) will hold it 20th annual national conference--one of its largest ever--at Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, New York, on October 26-27, 2012.

The conference will feature nearly 200 presentations by Catholic scholars and social science practitioners. They will present on a wide range of topics including, "John Paul II and the African American Community," "Initiatives Confronting the New Age Culture," "Jacques Maritain's Scholasticism and Politics," and "The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services."

"This conference marks a milestone. It is not just 20 years for an organization, but 20 years of a determined, devoted, ongoing effort to resume the work of 'building up a true Catholic social science' that Pope Pius XI called for and which was sadly abandoned by most Catholic social scientists in the confusion in the Church, in the U.S., and the Western world following Vatican II," said Dr. Stephen Krason, Franciscan University professor and SCSS president.

Featured speakers include Dr. Paul Vitz, professor of psychology at New York University and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia; Dr. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions; Dr. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; and Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of the archdiocese of New York.

At the conference, Krason will present the Blessed Ozanam Award for Catholic Social Action to Frank J. Russo, president of the New York affiliate of the American Family Association, and to Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV, of the Sisters of Life.

Headquartered at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, the SCSS is an organization of Catholic scholars and others in the social sciences fields who seek to promote awarnesss of the social teachings of the Church and to build up a body of distinctively Catholic social science scholarship.

Registration and required pre-payment are due by October 19. Maximum cost of the conference assuming full participation of all events and all meals is $112. Visit to register and to find out more about the conference.

Conference leadership: The conference chair is Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland, SM, of Kellenberg Memorial High School; the program chair is Msgr. Robert Batule of St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York; the assistant program chairs are Dr. Stephen M. Krason, and Dr. Joseph A. Varacalli, director of the Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies.


Franciscan University of Steubenville  OH, 43952 US
Tom Sofio - Associate Director of Public Relations, 


Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Franciscan University of Steubenville


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