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Paul Kengor to Give Second Annual Brownson/Scanlan Lecture


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STEUBENVILLE, OHIO–Dr. Paul Kengor, author and professor of political science at Grove City College, will discuss the often-overlooked role the Catholic Church played in defeating communism as the topic of the second annual Brownson/Scanlan Lecture in Political Science and Law at 7:30 p.m. on April 25.

His lecture, “How the Catholic Church Confronted and Defeated Communism: From Pius XI to John Paul II,” will be held in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center at Franciscan University. It is free and open to the public.

“From the very outset, no institution foresaw the scourge of atheistic communism like the Roman Catholic Church,” said Kengor. “(In Divini Redemptoris), the Church made clear that the notion of a ‘Christian Marxist’ was an oxymoron.”

Kengor, the author of more than 12 books, including A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, has spoken and written extensively on religion and politics. He is the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College and a fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.

At the lecture, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists will present Kengor with the Pius XI Award, given annually to a Catholic scholar who has made significant contributions toward the building up of a true “Catholic social science,” as defined by Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quadragesimo Anno.

Co-sponsored by Franciscan University’s Political Science Department and the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, the Brownson/Scanlan Lecture in Political Science and Law is given each year by a prominent scholar or other figure in political science or law.

The lecture is named for Orestes Augustus Brownson, a 19th-century intellectual considered by many to be the greatest American Catholic political thinker, and Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, the late fourth president of Franciscan University who was a lawyer before becoming a Franciscan priest.

For more information, contact Dr. Benjamin Wiker at 740-284-5376 or bwiker@franciscan.edu.