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John Courtney Murray

clergyman , educator.

John Courtney Murray, American clergyman, educator. Recipient Cardinal Spellman award American Catholic Theological Society, 1950; Christian Wisdom award Loyola University, Chicago; John Baptist de la Salle, Christopher awards; awards Catholic Press. Association, American Catholic History Association; Ordenal Merito; Xavier Insignis medal; Cor Jesu award.


Murray, John Courtney was born on September 12, 1904 in New York City. Son of Michael John and Margaret (Courtney) Murray.


Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, 1926, A.M., 1927. Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Woodstock (Maryland.) College, 1934. S.T.D., Gregorian U., Rome, 1937.

Doctor of Laws, Notre Dame U., 1951, St. Saint Louis University, 1955, Georgetown University, 1956, Holy Cross College, 1962, U. San Francisco, 1963. LaSalle College, 1961, Loyola University, Chicago, 1965. Doctor of Letters, Harvard, 1954, Boston College, 1965.

Entered Society Jesus, 1920. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1933. Instructor Latin and English, Ateneo de Manila, Manila, P.I., 1927-1930.

Professor theology Woodstock College, since 1937. Visiting professor Medieval philosophy and culture Yale, 1951-1952. Lecturer advising committee to secretary defense on non-military instruction in armed forces, 1962.

Consultant Center Study Democratic Institutions, Fund for Republic, Institute Ethics, Jewish Theological Seminary American, Secretariat for Promotion Christian Unity (Rome).


Editor, Theol; editor America, 1945-1946.


  • Author: We Hold These Truths, 1961. The Problem of God

  • Yesterday and Today, 1963. The Problem of Religious Freedom, 1965.

    Also articles in theological, secular and educational periodicals. Editor, Theological Studies, since 1941. Associate editor America, 1945-1946.

    Departmental editor Encyclopedia Britannica.


Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Conference on Science Philosophy, and Religion (vice president). Member Catholic Association for International Peace (vice president), Catholic Commision on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (secretary), American Political Science Association, American Catholic Theological Society.


Michael John Murray

Margaret (Courtney) Murray