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Marriage and Family at the Forefront of Social Science Conference

8/26/2014 - 7:17 AM PST

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Father James Schall, SJ, and Dr. Germain Grisez to receive awards for contributions to Catholic social science.

STEUBENVILLE, OH (August 26, 2014) - The Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) will hold its 22nd annual national conference on October 24-25, 2014, at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The conference will host more than 20 sessions and panels to discuss such relevant topics as "Christian Perspectives on Economics and Policy," "Presidential Power After Obama: A Question for Catholic Concern," "Family and the New Evangelization," and "Church Teaching on Marriage and Family."

Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science and legal studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and president and co-founder of the SCSS, said this is the first time they've encouraged some presentations focused on a central theme. "Although we have a variety of broad topics, we made a special call for papers in the area of marriage and family," he explained. "That is the focus right now in American life--the implications of the changing attitudes toward marriage and the family."

There will be two plenary talks. Brad Wilcox will speak on "Family as a Social Justice Issue." Wilcox is the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. He has authored articles and books on marriage, parenting, fatherhood, cohabitation, family structure, and the effect of families on society.

Dr. Pat Fagan will give the talk, "Marriage and Family: The Template of Society." Fagan is senior fellow and director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council, where he examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America's social problems.

The Pope Pius XI Award for Contributions Toward the Building Up of a True Catholic Social Science will be presented to Father James V. Schall, SJ. Father Schall recently retired as professor of government at Georgetown University. He has written 30 books as well as many articles for Crisis Magazine, The Catholic Thing, and First Principles. A special SCSS Award will also be presented to Dr. Germain Grisez, professor emeritus of Christian ethics at Mount St. Mary's University.

Headquartered at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists is an organization of Catholic scholars and others in the social sciences fields who seek to promote awareness of the social teachings of the Church and to build up a body of distinctively Catholic social science scholarship. It seeks to challenge the secular approach to the social sciences, in which the role of faith and Catholic social teaching is hardly considered, by combining objective scholarly analysis with fidelity to the magisterium.

Registration fees to attend are $50 for SCSS members, $60 for non-members, and $25 for full-time students. The optional Friday dinner is $20. The deadline to register is Friday, October 17, 2014.

More information and registration forms can be found at For registration questions, contact Carrie Libetti at 740-284-5262 or email her at


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