By Celine Klosterman
DAVENPORT – In the first half of the 20th century, Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin famously dismissed the Vatican’s role in international relations with this comment: “How many divisions has the pope?”
Stalin was wrong to brush off the Catholic Church merely for its lack of military might, Daniel Philpott said at St. Ambrose University March 3. Church teaching and Catholic leaders do play a role in international relations, and Philpott tries to highlight that role in classes he teaches as associate professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Philpott described his efforts during a talk titled “To Redeem the Time: Bringing Catholicism into Teaching of International Relations and Peace Studies,” part of the Hesburgh Alumni Lecture Series organized by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of the Quad Cities and St. Ambrose University.
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