Villanova University School of Law; 10/22/2010 Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Legal Education
Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law
Symposium on Jean Porter - Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority
In her forthcoming book Ministers of the Law (Eerdmans, 2010), Jean Porter articulates a theory of legal authority derived from the natural law tradition. As she points out, the legal authority of most traditions rests on their own internal structures, independent of extralegal considerations—legal houses built on sand, as it were. Natural law tradition, on the other hand, offers a basis for legal authority that goes beyond mere arbitrary commands or social conventions, offering some extralegal authority without compromising the independence and integrity of the law. Yet Porter does more in Ministers of the Law than simply discuss historical and theoretical realms of natural law. She carries the theory into application to contemporary legal issues, bringing objective normative structures to contemporary Western societies suspicious of such concepts.
Villanova University School of Law; 2009 Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Legal Education
BC Law Professor, Father Kalscheur, briefly introduces the topic of Catholic Social Thought.
Selected reading material on Catholic Social Thought.
Selected significant articles.