March 10, 2017


U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney to Speak at Catholic University's New Institute for Human Ecology

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) While there are many emerging questions in America's current political landscape, one consistently rises to the top: Who is better positioned to make decisions about how particular communities thrive - the federal government or the communities themselves?

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida will address how subsidiarity can serve as a guiding principle for communities at "Subsidiarity in Politics, Culture, and Economy," a symposium hosted by the new Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America on Tuesday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Joseph Capizzi, executive director of the Institute for Human Ecology, remarked, "A longstanding principle of Catholic social teaching is the idea that society should be organized around different levels of communities in order for people to thrive."

Rooney, who formerly served as the Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, will be joined by the following panelists:

  • Jonathan Reyes, executive director, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak on the role of well-functioning religious communities.
  • David Cloutier, associate professor of moral theology and ethics, The Catholic University of America, is author of The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age .
  • Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, The Catholic University of America, writes and comments on politics and the common good.
  • Andreas Widmer, director, Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship, The Catholic University of America.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees should R.s.v.p. to or 202-319-5892. Members of the media are invited to attend the lecture, or watch it via livestream . It will take place Tuesday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in McGivney Hall's Keane Auditorium on the Catholic University campus (620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C.).

MEDIA: To schedule an interview or attend the event, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 202-319-5600.


ABOUT: The Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America seeks to promote an integrated understanding of human beings in their relationships with one another, with society, and with the natural world in the light of both reason and faith. The institute is dedicated to rigorous multi-disciplinary academic research and public outreach that engages Catholic social doctrine and economic and ethical principles to address core issues of human flourishing in God's world.

ABOUT: The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. Established in 1887 as a papally chartered graduate and research center, the University comprises 12 schools and 22 research facilities and is home to 3,480 undergraduate and 3,041 graduate students.