• Church, State, & Society

    Church, State, & Society

    The Exploration of Church and State at Notre Dame Law School

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  • Exploration and Discussion

    Exploration and Discussion

    Faculty and Students Engage in Diverse Law and State Discussions and Research

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  • Student Perspective

    Student Perspective

    Our students are challenged as they explore religious issues within the law

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Richard Garnett, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Director of Church, State & Society ProgramRichard Garnett,
Director of Church, State & Society Program

Welcome to the Program on Church, State & Society

This Program focuses on the intersection of Church, State & Society and how the law structures and governs that intersection. Through a variety of programs we encourage scholarship and meaningful conversation on the role of religious institutions, communities and authorities in the social order and at the same time highlights the important role they play in the content and protection of religious freedom. 

Learn more here about our Program, including our upcoming events and faculty research



Recent News

Faculty in the News

Vincent Philip Munoz was quoted in the Washington Examiner, Campus free speech problems abound, but suggested solutions are vague and few, on Sept. 18. 

Rick Garnett was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Kavanaugh hearing revealed the partisan divide, but not the nominee's real views on the law, on Sept. 7.

Paolo G. Carozza has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis.

Rick Garnett was quoted in America Magazine, Why do Catholics make up a majority of the Supreme Court?, on July 18.

Lloyd Mayer was quoted in The Hill, $1 million donation to Trump inauguration traced to conservative legal activists: report, on May 15.

Read Rick Garnett's latest blog entry on The Mirror of Justice.

Read more Church State News here or Blog articles here

Upcoming Events

Mon Oct 29, 2018

Pope Francis, Capital Punishment, and Law


Location: 1130 Eck Hall of Law

Pope Francis recently announced an updating of part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church pertaining to the legitimacy of the death penalty. Notre Dame Law School’s Professors John Finnis and Gerard V. Bradley will discuss the content of this update, analyze how it fits in to the Church’s tradition of teaching on the death penalty, imagine what future developments are left to be made, and answer the question: Why does any of this matter for law students and practicing lawyers in the United States? What influence should Catholic teaching have on the responsibilities and duties of a conscientious Catholic lawyer? Lunch will be provided.

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Wed Oct 31, 2018