Leo XIII Center


Leo XIII Center

for Philosophy and Social Issues


Leo XIII Center for Philosophy and Social Issues is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to fostering an understanding of contemporary social-political issues informed by the perennial wisdom of Western philosophy and the intellectual heritage of Christian social teaching.


The Center is inspired by Leo XIII’s efforts to address the social-political problems of modernity. Throughout his papacy, Leo XIII fostered intellectual activity dedicated to the renewal and advancement of perennial philosophical and Christian wisdom. His legacy continues in the on-going development of social thought grounded in the principles of the nature of the human person, natural law, common good, solidarity, and subsidiarity.


The primary activity of the Leo XIII Center is to support the work of the German-American Colloquium, a biennial conference on a topic of common social-political concern to both the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America. Participants in the colloquia are drawn from academia, especially from the disciplines of philosophy, history, economics, and theology, as well as from the practical spheres of politics, law, media, religion, and corporate business. The colloquium advances principled understanding of high scholarly quality on issues of current political and cultural significance to the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany. It publishes a volume of studies based upon each of its conferences.