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Just War Theory in Practice

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States


The CIC is pleased to invite you to our upcoming panel discussion on Just War Theory. This program will offer an introduction to the Church’s philosophical tradition on just war from St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas as well as describe the modern lived experiences of two distinguished U.S. military officers, who are intentional Catholics. 

Our Speakers:

  • Joseph E. Capizzi, PhD,  Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America.
  • Captain Jean Marie Sullivan, USN
  • Lieutenant General John Wissler, USMC Ret.

Scroll down to view our panelists’ biographies.

June 25th Schedule:

  • 6:00-7:00 PM: Just War panel discussion (this portion will be live-streamed)
  • 7:00-8:00 PM: Summer reception
  • 8:00 PM: Conclusion

We especially look forward to a pithy Q&A with the audience. If you have a question, please submit it in the comments or email the CIC’s events team at events@cicdc.org by Monday, June 24th.

Please RSVP today!

About the Speakers

Serving over 39 years in the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General USMC (Retired) John Wissler commanded at every level of the Marine Corps from platoon to Marine Corps Component command, serving 34 months in combat operations in Iraq between 2003 and 2010. His combat assignments included commands at the Colonel, Brigadier General, and Major General ranks.  John’s other General Officer command assignments included a Marine Expeditionary Brigade; the Marine Corps’ only forward stationed Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) comprising over 30,000 Marines, Sailors and Military Civilians in Okinawa, Japan; and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, overseeing operations in Europe and Africa. While commanding III MEF, Lieutenant General Wissler was twice activated by US Indo-Pacific Command to lead a U.S. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Task Force for operations in the Philippines in 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan, and for Earthquake relief in Nepal in 2015.  Marines under his command in III MEF stretched from Hawaii to South Korea, and Japan to Australia, including the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.

His other notable assignments include Marine Corps Aide to Presidents George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton; Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, where he planned and executed an annual manpower, operations and maintenance, and procurement budget of over $40 billion and a five-year program exceeding $240 billion.

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Captain Jean Marie Sullivan is the youngest child of a large Catholic German-Irish family. Her parents were U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers, so she spent most of her youth overseas in countries like Saudi Arabia, Liberia, and Indonesia. She graduated from the University of Rochester and earned her commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) in 2000.

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Joseph E. Capizzi, (Ph.D.) is the Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America.

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