Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

The following Notre Dame faculty are available for additional comment on these people and events in the news:
p. Pope John Paul II : The upcoming visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States and Mexico is certain to include an examination of the Church’s social doctrine, according to R. Scott Appleby , associate professor of history and director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. “This pope has been a dynamic and forceful exponent of Roman Catholic social doctrine ? the Church’s teaching on justice in the economic and political orders,” Appleby says. “Under John Paul, for example, the authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church has been that a properly regulated market, disciplined by politics, law and culture, is best for the poor and working class. The pope’s support of capitalism is qualified, however, by the insistence that the free market must operate ‘within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality and which sees it as a particular aspect of that freedom, the core of which is ethical and religious.’ Another, related theme ? the interdependency of developed and underdeveloped nations ? will surely be struck in papal addresses in Mexico and St. Louis, as he contrasts spiritual and material poverty in the two societies.” Professor Appleby can be reached at *(219)-631—5441 or at

  • p. Iraqi sanctions : The suggestion that UN sanctions against Iraq be eased comes at a surprisingly good time, according to George Lopez , professor of government and a fellow in Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “It may now be possible, however ironic this appears during a period of intermittent military confrontation, that the political and diplomatic stalemate of the past few years between Iraq and the U.S. and Security Council can be broken by the creative use of incentives and assistance as an effective and enticing ‘flip side’ of sanctions,” Lopez says. “By lifting the lid off major constraints in the oil-for-food programs as suggested by the United States, and by reintegrating Iraqi oil sales into the routine life of Gulf oil sales as detailed by the French, Hussein may find a new and acceptable rationale for responding more positively to the UN that has not been present for years ? namely, that the best way to get the sanctions lifted and Iraq again accepted as a viable member of the international order ? is through cooperation.” Professor Lopez can be reached at *(219)-631-6972 or at
  • p. Right to die : A decade of right-to-die litigation has taught that there is a “significant difference between the withdrawal of medical care that is essential to a person’s survival and the prescription of a lethal dose of medicine where the prescriber expects the patient to use the medicine to cause death,” says John Robinson , associate professor of law at Notre Dame. “Americans may be presumed to have a constitutional right to the withdrawal of necessary medical care, but there is no such right to a prescription of lethal doses.” Robinson adds that it would be “better for us as a political community to work out end-of-life rules in our legislatures, rather than in the courts.” Professor Robinson can be reached at *(219)-631-6980 or at
  • p. Business ethics : Business schools have added ethics courses to their curricula in direct response to a growing emphasis on integrity in corporate America, says Carolyn Woo , Martin J. Gillen Dean of the College of Business Administration at Notre Dame, in an interview with Business Week. “If you look at any surveys of leadership, they all will ask what the most important attributes of a leader are,” Woo says. “Almost 75 percent to 85 percent of the respondents will cite integrity as number one. The number two attribute tends to be vision, which is about 10 percentage points lower. But all of the leadership polls identify integrity as the major issue. We also look at polls of employers who recruit MBAs at the entry levels. And when you ask them what the important attributes of a leader are, they also cite integrity as a very important issue. So corporate America itself has increased its own understanding of the importance of ethics. The increase in ethics content is a combination of business schools being responsive to their corporate recruiters and also recognizing that they’re preparing future leaders.” Dean Woo can be reached at *(219)-631-7992 or at
  • p. Christians in the academy : Notre Dame historian James Turner writes in Commonweal magazine that Christians in higher education are beginning to solidify and publicize the role religious convictions play in their intellectual lives. While remaining faithful to their scholarly activities, these Christians “have helped to nurture in the academy a heightened sensitivity to Christian faith as a factor important in its own right,” writes Turner, director of Notre Dame’s Erasmus Institute. “They have hardly conquered the high citadels of academe, and they have a long way to go before becoming anything like a major presence in the universities, but they have made their presence felt.” Professor Turner can be reached for additional comment at *(219)-631-9346 or at
  • p. Notre Dame News : The University will dedicate its new academic center on " Trafalgar Square ": in London Feb. 6 with a daylong series of events featuring a Mass at Westminster Cathedral and a dedication address by George Basil Cardinal Hume … " Alexander Blachly ": , associate professor of music at Notre Dame and founding director of the internationally acclaimed New York ensemble Pomerium, has been nominated for a Grammy award for small ensemble for the groups album, “Creator of the Stars” … The motion picture, “Message in a Bottle,” based on the best-selling novel by 1988 Notre Dame graduate Nicholas Sparks , opens Feb. 12. It stars Kevin Costner , Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman … The first observations of extra-solar planets using a technique known as gravitational microlensing were reported Jan. 9 by two University of Notre Dame physicists, representing two international teams of astronomers, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas. According to husband and wife team David Bennett , assistant professor of physics, and Sun Hong Rhie , research assistant professor of physics, the team of astronomers believes it has detected an extra-solar planet larger than Earth and smaller than Neptune orbiting a star near the inner disk of our Milky Way galaxy.

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