Joseph E. Capizzi, Ph.D.

Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, The Catholic University of America. | Academic

Dr. Capizzi is Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies  at The Catholic University of America.  Dr. Cappizzi teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology.  In 2002, he was appointed to The Cardinal's Chair at The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Reason, The John Paul II Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation and is currently a bioethics advisor to the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission, on which he has served since his appointment by Governor Ehrlich in 2006.

He serves also on the Executive Council of the Law, Philosophy, and Culture Initiative at The Catholic University of America, and is a member of the board of The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. 

He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism. Together with Dr. Andrew Abela he co-authored A Catechism for Business (Catholic University Press, 2014).  He has co-authored a book on just war theory published by Oxford University Press (“Just War Theory and the Problem of International Politics: On the Central Role of Just Intention,” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Spring 2006).


He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.

Interested In:

Alienation Democracy Dignity of Work Human Rights Integral Human Development

Speaker / Panelist at Upcoming Event(s):

6 days
2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00pm

Washington Retreat House
The 2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching(CST) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Retreat House (directly across from The Catholic University of America), the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, 2018.

Articles on Catholic Social Teaching:

What is Basic Health Care? (Audio)
A bishop’s document from 1993 states: “Every person has a right to adequate health care.” Note the language is "adequate" - not "basic."   It continues, "This right flows from the sanctity of life and the dignity that belongs to all human persons, who are made in the image of God.” Health care is more than a commodity; It’s not simply a possession, it is a basic human right, thereby drawing from Pacem in Terris.
posted on: Jan 08, 2014 04:02pm
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