Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science and legal studies, writes on What Catholic Social Thought Teaches About Conservatism.
I have written two books analyzing American liberalism and conservatism from the standpoint of Catholic social teaching, one over a quarter-century ago and another that’s due out this fall. My conclusion—as just one part of a much farther-reaching inquiry into the social, political, and economic thought and positions of these two leading American ideologies—is that this is not the reality about conservatism and, in fact, it mostly is compatible with Catholic social teaching (as derived from its most authoritative source, the corpus of social encyclicals) on economics and social welfare.
Dr. Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, Director of the Political Science Program, and Chairman of the Department of Political Science (which includes the Human Life Studies, Humanities and Catholic Culture, Legal Studies, and Political Science Programs). He is also Associate Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the University. He earned his J.D. and Political Science M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo.