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David Hollenbach

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Hollenbach, D. (Ed.) (2010). Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants. David Hollenbach, S.J., editor. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

Hollenbach, D. (Ed.) (2008). Refugee Rights: Ethics Advocacy, and Africa, David Hollenbach, S.J., editor. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

Hollenbach, D. (2005). Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations (2005), co-edited with Kenneth R. Himes, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Charles E. Curran, and Thomas Shannon. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Hollenbach, D. (2003). The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics. Washington, D.C.. Georgetown University Press.

Hollenbach, D. (2002). The Common Good and Christian Ethics. New Studies in Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Douglass, R. Bruce (Ed.) with Hollenbach, D. & Lovin, R. W. (1994). Catholicism and Liberalism: Contributions to American Public Philosophy. Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Includes two essays by D. Hollenbach: “A Communitarian Reconstruction of Human Rights,” and “Afterword: A Community of Freedom.”

Hollenbach, D. (1988-1990). Justice, Peace, and Human Rights: American Catholic Social Ethics in a Pluralistic World. New York: Crossroad, 1988; second printing: 1990.


Selected recent articles and book chapters:

Hollenbach, D. (2014). “Human Dignity in Catholic Thought,” in Cambridge Handbook on Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Marcus Duwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Bronsword and Dietmar Mieth, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “Peace, Justice and the Global Common Good: Pacem in Terris and Governance Today.” II Concetto di Pace: Attualitá della Pacem in Terris nel 50 Anniversario (1963-2013).

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “Human Dignity: Experience and History, Practical Reason and Faith,” in Understanding Human Dignity, Christopher McCrudden, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “Accompaniment, Service and Advocacy: Responding to Global Poverty and Displacement.” National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education 44:6 (September, 2013).

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “Pacem in Terris and Human Rights.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 10, no. 1: 5-15.

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “Sustaining Catholic Social Engagement: A Key Role for Movements in the Church Today.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 10, no. 2: 431-447.

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Social Justice, and University,” C21 Resources (Spring 2013): 12-13.

Hollenbach, D. (2013). “War Refugees and Human Rights in Africa: Global Challenges and Catholic Social Teaching,” Justice, Peace and Environment Bulletin.

Hollenbach, D. (2012). “A Balancing Act: Catholic Teaching on the Church’s Rights—and the Rights of All,” with Thomas A. Shannon. America 206 no. 7 (March 5, 2012): 23-26.

Hollenbach, D. (2012). “Economic Justice and the New Challenges of Globalization,” in The Almighty and the Dollar: Reflections of Economic Justice, Mark J. Allman, ed. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2013, 98-113.

Hollenbach, D. (2012). “The Promise and Risk of Charity,” in The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate, Daniel K. Finn, ed. New York, NY: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2012, 39-43.

Hollenbach, D. (2012). “A World Church”, in Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories, William Madges and Michael J. Daley, eds. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012, 241-244.

Hollenbach, D. (2011). “Creating South Sudan: The Challenges of Nation-building,” America 205:14 (November 9, 2011): 22-26.

Hollenbach, D. (2011). “New Nation, New Responsibilities How Catholic Teaching Can Help Shape the Life of South Sudan,” America. Online edition (October 29, 2011).

 Hollenbach, D. (2011). “Human Rights in a Pluralist, Unequal Globe: Contributions of Jesuit Universities,” Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice 15: 338-345.

Hollenbach, D. (2011). “Migration as a Challenge for Theological Ethics,” Political Theology 12:6 (December, 2011): 807-812.

Hollenbach, D. (2011). “Religious Freedom, Morality, and Law: John Courtney Murray Today,” Journal of Moral Theology (Inaugural Issue): 69-91.

Hollenbach, D. (2011). “Caritas in Veritate: The Meaning of Love and Urgent Challenges of Justice, Journal of Catholic Social Thought, January, 2011.

Hollenbach, D. (2010). "Humanitarian Intervention: Why, When, and How?" Commonweal 137, no. 19 (November 5, 2010): 9-11.

Hollenbach, D. (2010). “Ethical Globalization and the Rights of Refugees,” Grace and Truth: A Journal of Catholic Reflection for Southern Africa 27, no. 2 (August, 2010): 29-42.

Hollenbach, D. (2010). “Comparative Ethics, Islam, and Human Rights: Internal Pluralism and the Possible Development of Tradition.” Journal of Religious Ethics 38:3 (2010): 580-587. 

Hollenbach, D. (2009). “Reconciliation and Justice: Ethical Guidance for a Broken World,” Promotio Justitiae 103 (Rome: 2009, no. 3): 71-74 .

Hollenbach, D. (2009). “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Social Justice, and the University,” Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 36 (Fall, 2009): 20-22.

Hollenbach, D. (2007). “Human Rights and Women’s Rights: Initiatives and Interventions in the Name of Universality,” in A Just and True Love. Feminism at the Frontiers of Theological Ethics: Essays in Honor of Margaret A. Farley, Maura Ryan and Brian Linnane, eds.  Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007, 47-74.

Hollenbach, D. (2006). "Catholicism and American Political Culture: Confrontation, Accommodation, or Transformation?" in Inculturation and the Church in North America, T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., ed. New York: Herder & Herder, 2006, 7-22. The Boston College Church in the 21st Century Series.

Hollenbach, D. (2006). “New Directions for the Church and the Ignatian Family,” Promotio Lustitiae 92 (Rome, 2006, no. 3), 86-92. Review of John A. Coleman and William F. Ryan, eds., Globalization and Catholic Social Thought: Present Crisis and Future Hope.

Hollenbach, D. (2006, October 30). “Human Rights, Justice and the World Church,” America, 10-12.

Hollenbach, D. (2005, October 31). Human rights in Catholic thought: a new synthesis. America 193, 13, 16.

Hollenbach, D. (2005, February 1). “Military Intervention in Darfur?” Vital Theology 1(18).

Hollenbach, D. (2004). “The Search for Universal Values: Religious Contributions.” In L. G. Christophorou & G. Contopoulos (Eds.) Universal Values: Proceedings of International Symposium in connection with the 2004 Olympics at the Academy of Athens (pp. 295-303). Athens: Academy of Athens.

Hollenbach, D. (2004). “A Response to Denise Ackermann’s ‘Reconciliation as Embodied Change: A South African Perspective.’” Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 59, 68-70.

Hollenbach, D. (2004, February 9). “The Hard Lessons of Kakuma: The Suffering of Refugees Should Raise New Questions about the Use of Military Force.” America, 13-15.

Hollenbach, D. (2003, December). “Christianity in a Community of Freedom: An Interview with Professor David Hollenbach, S.J.” Hekima Review 30 (Nairobi, Kenya), 92-99.

Hollenbach, D. (2003, March-April) “Mercados, Justicia y Bien Común.” Mensaje 52 517 (Santiago, Chile), 31-34.

Hollenbach, D. (2001). “Justice and Solidarity in an Age of Globalization.” Revue de Philosophie et de Critique Sociale de Kimwenza (Kinshasa, République Démocratique du Congo), 95-107.

Hollenbach, D. (2001-2) “Réponde aux attaques: Perspective éthique.” Projet N° 268 (Paris: Hiver), 19-23.

Hollenbach, D. (2001, November). “Responder a los ataques terroristas: una perspectiva ética y religiosa desde los Estados Unidos.” Sal Terrae: Revista Hispanoamericana de Teologia Pastoral (Madrid, Spain), 901-909.

Hollenbach, D. (2000, December). “Catholic Higher Education in a Globalizing World.” Hekima Review 24 (Nairobi, Kenya), 45-55.

Hollenbach, D. (1999). “Civil Rights and the Common Good: Some Possible Contributions of Religious Communities.” In G. Orfield & H. J. Lebowitz (Eds.) Religion, Race, and Justice in a Changing America (pp. 169-174) New York: Century Foundation Press.

Hollenbach, D. (1998). “Spécificité de la pensée sociale catholique et bien commun de l’humanité.” In J. Calvez & A. Krassikov (Eds.) Église et société: un dialogue orthodox russe - catholique romain (pp. 91-108). Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf.

Hollenbach, D. (1998). “Solidarity, Development and Human Rights: The African Challenge.” The Journal of Religious Ethics 26(2), 305-317.

Hollenbach, D. (1994). “Contexts of the Political Role of Religion: Civil Society and Culture.” In H. Richardson & P. Weithman (1994). (Eds.) Reasonable Pluralism, vol. 5 of The Philosophy of Rawls. New York: Garland Publishers, 1999. Reprinted from San Diego Law Review 30, 879-901.