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Daniel R. DiLeo, PhD

Director, Justice and Peace Studies Program

Associate Professor

Daniel DiLeo

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College of Arts and Sciences
Christian Spirituality (Master of Arts)
Graduate School
Cultural & Social Studies
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building

Daniel R. DiLeo, PhD

Director, Justice and Peace Studies Program

Associate Professor

Daniel R. DiLeo is associate professor and director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program. His teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Catholic social teaching, public theology, and climate change. Since 2009, he has been a consultant with Catholic Climate Covenant of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a founding member. Dr. DiLeo earned his PhD in theological ethics with a minor in systematic theology from Boston College, his MTS with a concentration in moral theology from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and his BA in sociology (magna cum laude) with a minor in inequality studies from Cornell University.

Teaching Interests

  • Catholic social teaching

Research Focus

Dr. DiLeo’s research and scholarship focus on Catholic social teaching and climate change with particular focus on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’.

Department

Cultural and Social Studies

Position

Associate Professor

Books

  • T & T Clark
    'Creation Care through Consumption and Life Choices' in The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si: Everything is Connected, ed. Vincent J. Miller , p. 217-234 2017
  • Orbis Press
    'Fostering Just Sustainability through Ignatian Spirituality' in Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction, ed. Andrea Vicini and Christiana Z. Peppard (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015), p. 250-258 2015

Articles

  • 'Afterward: The Present and Future of Catholic Social Learning' in Catholic Social Learning: Education the Faith that Does Justice, Revised Edition by Roger Bergman (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2023). 2023
  • Care for our Common Home: The Papacy and the Environment in The Cambridge History of the Papacy, Vol. 4: Society and Culture, ed. Jolle Rollo-Koster and Miles Pattenden (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2023). 2023
  • “’Start a Revolution’: Laudato Si’, Climate Change, and Nonviolent Direct Action” in volume on the moral theology of Pope Francis, ed. Conor M. Kelly and Kristin E. Heyer, publisher pending. 2023
  • Environmental Research
    U.S. Catholic bishops' silence and denialism on climate change
    16, p. 114006 2021
  • Journal of Religion and Society
    'U.S. Catholic Bishops Discussion of President Obama vs. President Trump, 2014-2019'
    Supplement 22, p. 146-167 2021
  • Omaha World-Herald
    'Catholic principles provide key guidance on distributing relief funds' 2020
  • Journal of Moral Theology
    'Laudato Si in the United States: Reflections on Love, Charitable Works, and Social Justice'
    Vol. 9, Special Issue 1, p. 90-103 2020
  • Journal of Moral Theology
    'What is Happening to Our Common Home? Considerations from a Catholic Climate Scientist and a Catholic Theological Ethicist'
    Vol. 9, Special Issue 1, p. 71-89 2020
  • Journal of Religion and Society
    'Climate Justice: Essential to the Church's Mission'
    Supplement 21, p. 178-202 2020
  • Journal of Moral Theology
    'Catholic Social Teaching, Love, and Thomistic Secondary Moral Precepts'
    Vol. 8, no. 2, p. 67-90 2019
  • Omaha World-Herald
    'OPPD falls short on environmental stewardship measure' 2018
  • The Hill
    'Pope Francis took the climate crisis to those who can fix it: oil and gas execs' 2018
  • Omaha World-Herald
    'Let’s build consensus for action to promote climate stability' 2018
  • Health Care Ethics USA
    'Is Fossil Fuel Investment a Sin?”
    Vol. 26, no. 1, p. 1-8 2018
  • Health Progress
    'Laudato Si’ and Catholic Health Care', p. 47-49 2016
  • Horizons
    'Should Catholics Drink the Tea? Reflections on the Tea Party Movement in Light of Gaudium et Spes'
    Vol. 42, no. 2, p. 317-340 2015
  • Journal of Catholic Social Thought
    'Faithful Citizenship in the Age of Climate Change: Why U.S. Catholics Should Advocate for a National Carbon Tax'
    Vol. 11, no. 2, p. 431-464 2014
  • Crossroads
    Campus Ministry and Catholic Mission-Based Sustainability 2012
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
    '’Mission-Based Sustainability:’ A New Resource for Catholic Higher Education Institutions' 2011

Publications

  • Journal of Catholic Social Thought
    'Laudato si and Climate Change Communications: Public Theology Informed by the Social Sciences'
    Vol. 17, no. 2, p. 261-292 2020
  • Journal of Moral Theology
    'Introduction: The Climate Emergency and U.S. Catholic Responses to Laudato Si'
    Vol. 9, Special Issue 1, p. 1-18 2020
  • Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education
    'Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor: Laudato Si and Jesuit Higher Education'
    no. 50, p. 23-25 2016
  • National Catholic Reporter
    'Peace: An unexpected reaction to 'Laudato Si'' 2015
  • Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
    'Laudato Si, Interest, and Engagement: An Account via Catholic Public Theology and Authority'
    Vol. 57, no. 6, p. 6-8 2015
  • Health Care Ethics USA
    'Francis the Ecological Physician: Assessing the Symptoms, Diagnosing the Illness and Prescribing a Cure'
    no. 3, p. 1-7 2015
  • US Catholic
    'Papal authority and climate change: Preparing for Pope Francis' encyclical' 2015
  • Health Progress
    'Care for Persons, Care for Planet', p. 35-37 2014
  • Catholic Rural Life
    'Creation Care and Solidarity: Pope Francis's Invitation to Rural Catholics' 2014
  • Crossroads
    “Appropriating the Faith: Catholic Coalition on Climate Change', p. 8-9 2011
  • The First
    “Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration' 2011
  • Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education
    “Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration'
    Vol. 41, p. Article 29 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • Omaha World-Herald
    “Catholic teaching provides key guidance on social action against COVID' 2021
  • Journal of Moral Theology
    'Laudato Si and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home'
    Vol. 9, Special Issue 1 2020
  • Anselm Academic Press
    All Creation Is Connected: Voices in Response to Pope Franciss Encyclical on Ecology 2018
  • Horizons
    “Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics by Joseph A. Selling'
    Vol. 44, no. 2, p. 481-483 2017
  • Theological Studies
    'On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si': The Encyclical of Pope Francis on the Environment with Commentary by Sean McDonagh'
    Vol. 78, no. 2, p. 517-519 2017
  • America
    'Entering the dialogue - Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God by Elizabeth A. Johnson'
    Vol. 213, no. 15, p. 36 2016
  • Journal of Political Theology
    'Law, Virtue and Justice,' ed. Amalia Amaya and Hock Lai Ho
    Vol. 16, no. 3, p. 287-289 2015
  • US Catholic
    'Following St. Francis- Review of 'Following St. Francis: John Paul IIs Call for Ecological Action' by Marybeth Lorbiecki (New York: Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2014).
    Vol. 79, no. 10, p. 43 2014
  • Health Progress
    “Addressing Climate Change as a Core Value- Review of God, Creation, and Climate Change: A Catholic Response to the Environmental Crisis,' ed. Richard W. Miller (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010).
    July-August, p. 107-108 2011

Presentations

  • “Catalysts for Climate Action: Leveraging the Power of Young People to Move the Catholic Church on Climate,” Ignatian Solidarity Network 2021 Virtual Ignatian Family Teaching-In for Justice, webinar with Anna Robertson, director of youth and young adult mobilization, Catholic Climate Covenant. 2021
  • “Climate Change, Forced Migration, and the Catholic Church,” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services, webinar with Todd Scribner, PhD, USCCB-MRS and Dennis Kalob, PhD, Jesuit Social Research Institute. 2021
  • 'Climate Change and Catholicism: Climate Justice as Essential to Catholic Mission,' Frederic and Emma Schemmel Endowed Lecture in Theology at Clarke University. 2021
  • 'I'm Catholic, How Should I Discern? Conscience, Discernment, and Voting as an Act of Love,' Catholic Climate Covenant, webinar with Jill Rauh, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Brenna Davis, Ignatian Solidarity Network. 2020
  • 'Catholic Social Teaching, Politics, and the Fullness of Faith,' Catholic Climate Covenant, webinar with Most Reverend John E. Stowe, OFM Conv., bishop of Lexington. 2020
  • 'Creation Care and Catholic Social Teaching,' Adamah Symposium at Mount Marty College. 2020
  • 'U.S. Bishops, Climate Change, and Controversial Organizational Messages (Failing to) Filter Down,' 2020 Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, with Sabrina Danielsen and Emily E. Burke. Accepted but cancelled due to COVID-19. 2020
  • 'U.S. Catholic Bishops Discussion of President Obama and President Trump, 2014-2019,' 2020 Kripke Center for the Study of Religion & Society Annual Symposium,' co-presented with Sabrina Danielsen and Emily E. Burke. 2020
  • 'The Duty to Teach: U.S. Bishops, Climate Change, and Catholic Social Teaching,' Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2019 Annual Meeting, with Sabrina Danielsen and Emily E. Burke. 2019
  • 'Climate Change as Religious, Ethical and Political: Interfaith Reflections with Emphasis on U.S. Catholicism,' Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professorship in Science and Religion at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. 2019
  • 'Climate Justice: Constitutive of or Integral to the Church'ss Mission?' 2019 Kripke Center for the Study of Religion & Society Annual Symposium. 2019
  • 'Laudato Si, Public Theology and Northern Appalachia: Shaping Energy Discourse and Policy,' Laudato Si' and Northern Appalachia: A Conference on the Environment and Catholic Social Teaching at Saint Vincent College. 2016
  • 'The Future of Public Theology,' panelist at Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach, SJ at Boston College. 2016
  • 'Laudato Si and Climate Change: American Opinions, Caribbean Concerns,' poster for 2016 Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Convention session Laudato Si, Justice, and Mercy: Seeking the Common Good for Our Common Home. 2016
  • 'Individual Practices and Laudato Si: One Side of the Coin,' Laudato Si' - Everything is Connected: Teaching Pope Francis' Integral Ecology' conference at the University of Dayton. 2016
  • 'Public Theology Then and Now: Lessons for Pope Francis Encyclical on Ecology from The Challenge of Peace and Economic Justice for All,' 2015 College Theology Society Annual Meeting. 2015
  • 'New Pedagogies and Spirituality of Learning,' panelist at 2015 College Theology Society Annual Meeting. 2015
  • 'Catholic Liberation Ecology Changes Everything: Pope Francis, Leonardo Boff and Naomi Klein,' 2015 New England-Maritimes American Academy of Religion (NEMAAR) Regional Meeting. 2015
  • 'Jesuit Schools and the Jesuit Pope: How Jesuit Colleges Can Respond to Pope Francis Ecological Message,' panelist at Loyola University Chicago Second Annual Climate Change Conference. 2015
  • 'Catholic Policy Criteria for U.S. Climate Change Mitigation: Recommendations from Thomistic Virtue Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching,' 2014 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. 2014
  • 'Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Pope Francis Ecological Vision and the Impact on Catholic Healthcare,' Catholic Health Care Ethics Conference at Loyola University Chicago. 2014
  • 'Climate Change Policy and the Virtues of Autonomy and Solidarity,' 2014 New England-Maritimes American Academy of Religion (NEMAAR) Regional Meeting. 2014
  • 'Catholic, Jesuit Mission-Based Sustainability in Higher Education,' On Fire at the Frontiers: International Conference on the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education. 2013
  • 'Reading the Signs of the Times: Connecting Climate Change, Environmental Refugees, and the New Evangelization,' Prophets on the Borders: The Challenge of Evangelization Today hosted by Pax Romana-ICMICA, BC TGSA, Emerging Theologians, and The Inner Room at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. 2013
  • 'Recognizing Climate Change as a Pro-Life Issue in Catholic Theology,' 2013 College Theology Society Annual Convention. 2013
  • 'Learning How to Care for Climate Change Refugees from Pope John XXIII and Pope Benedict XVI,' Catholic Social Tradition Conference- Peace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Celebrating 50 Years since Pacem in Terris at the University of Notre Dame. 2013
  • 'Campus Ministry and Catholic Mission-Based Sustainability,' 2013 Catholic Campus Ministry Association National Convention. 2013
  • 'Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration,' 2012 Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Mission Officer Conference. 2012
  • 'Environmental Justice,' Archdiocese of Boston 3rd Annual Justice Convocation. 2011
  • 'Grounding Sustainability in Faith-Based Mission and Identity,' 2011 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Conference. 2011
  • 'What Does Climate Change Have to Do with My Catholic Faith?' 2009 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). 2009
  • 'Faith, Justice, Morality, and Climate Change,' panelist at Power Shift 2009. 2009

Foundation/Association

  • “Climate Change and Laudato Si’: A Study of U.S. Catholic Bishops, Priests, and Parishes”

Other

  • “The Duty to Teach: U.S. Bishops, Laudato Si’, and Catholic Social Teaching”

  • “The Social Mission of the Catholic Church”

  • “The Duty to Teach: U.S. Bishops, Laudato Si’, and Catholic Social Teaching”

  • “Laudato Si’ in the United States: Constructing a Public Theology”