John Courtney Murray and the Growth of Tradition

Whitmore, Todd David and J. Leon Hooper, eds. John Courtney Murray and the Growth of Tradition. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1996.

Whitmore and Hooper collect twelve essays presented at the two 1992 symposia on social ethics in the Murray tradition. Part one investigates Murray's approach to civil discourse. Robert McElroy looks at the relation of Catholicism to American polity; Jean Porter examines Murray's thinking on natural law; Frederick Lawrence notes the centrality of conversation in Murray's political theology; Joseph Komonchak investigates his philosophy of natural law; Thomas Hughson analyzes Murray's thought on the people; and J. Leon Hooper uncovers the theological sources of Murray's social ethics. In part two, David Hollenbach, Todd David Whitmore, and Robin Lovin all attend to the tension between immunity and empowerment in Murray's discussion of religious liberty, and the consequences that flow from these alternative emphases. Part three examines specific issues affected by Murray's legacy. John Coleman assesses Murray's thought on censorship and free speech. J. Bryan Hehir analyzes his views on foreign policy and international relations. Charles Curran looks at the role of the laity in Murray's social thought and implications for ecclesiology.