On October 26, at Franciscan University, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists will present its Pope Pius XI Award to University of Mississippi Law Professor Ronald J. Rychlak. This award is given annually by the SCSS to scholars whose efforts have significantly contributed to building up a true Catholic social science, resuming the charge given to scholars by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quadragesimo Anno.
The Pope Pius XI Award will be presented to Prof. Rychlak at the SCSS annual meeting in recognition of his scholarship on the Christian Churches in World War II and his work as an advisor to the Holy See Mission to the United Nations, where he has particularly focused on the International Criminal Court. Rychlak will give the keynote address on international diplomacy at the opening dinner on Friday, October 25, and he will speak on two panels the following day.
Rychlak is the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada Lecturer and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi, and he has been on the faculty since 1987. He serves as the university’s Faculty Athletic Representative, and he is the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the law school. He is a graduate of Wabash College (BA, cum laude) and Vanderbilt University (JD, Order of the Coif).
Previous recipients of the Pope Pius XI Award include: Prof. Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School; Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton, Prof. Gerald V. Bradley of Notre Dame Law School, Francis Canavan, S.J. of Fordham, and Dr. Paul C. Vitz of New York University.