American Law From A Catholic Perspective

By Mr. William L. Saunders, Esq.

Contributors include: Michael Ariens, Robert Destro, John M. Breen & Lee J. Strang, Robert P. George, John M. Czarnetzky, the late Fr. Robert John Araujo, Richard S. Myers, Stephen M. Krason, Timothy J. Tracey, Michael A. Scaperlanda, Dorie Klein, Kevin H. Govern, Bill Piatt. Richard V. Meyer, D. Brian Scarnecchia, Lucia A. Silecchia, Thomas C. Berg, David L. Gregory, William L. Saunders, and Hadley Arkes. Ron Rychlak edited the volume and contributed a chapter as well.

The book covers almost every aspect of American law and holds them up to Catholic Social Teaching.  Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See called it “a brilliant collection of essays from some of the country’s best legal thinkers. This work reveals how practically every area of the law can be illuminated and enriched through a deep grounding in the Catholic faith.”  Michael Novak, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and 1994 Templeton laureate said: “Precisely because I am not a lawyer, I really liked this book. For an outsider, it provides a crisp guide to the history of American Catholics under American law—a fairly friendly and yet often antagonistic encounter…. This book provides an invaluable overview, to which I shall want to return for references.”

The paperback and eBook editions make the book a viable option for undergraduate, graduate, or law school classes. It would also make a great gift for any Catholic lawyer or law student. Moreover, Rowman & Littlefield has it on sale until Dec. 31, 2016. Go to and search for the book, or go directly to When you check out, use the code:  4S16CSTFLY for the 30% discount!

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