Steve Millies

Steven P. Millies

Professor of Public Theology

Director of The Bernardin Center



B.A., Loyola University Chicago

M.A. and Ph.D., The Catholic University of America


Steve Millies’s scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory.  As Pope Francis has called for a “politics which is farsighted and capable of a new, integral, and interdisciplinary approach,” Millies’s work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’s words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.”

Millies studied political theory at The Catholic University of America, completing his degree with a study of religion in British statesman Edmund Burke’s political ideas.  Before coming to CTU, he was associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he held the Strom Thurmond Endowed Chair in Political Science.


Millies is a member of several learned societies, including the Association for Political Theory, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society of Christian Ethics.  As well, he participates in the International Thomas Merton Society, the Eric Voegelin Society, and he is the secretary for the Edmund Burke Society of America.  His book, Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground (Liturgical Press, 2016), won first place in the biography category for the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Book Awards, and he has contributed to several periodicals and journals that include America, Commonweal, the National Catholic Reporter, and U.S. Catholic.  During the fall 2020 semester, he was the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ Visiting Fellow in Catholic Studies at Loyola University Chicago’s Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.

Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground (Liturgical Press, 2016)


Good Intentions:  A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump (Liturgical Press, 2018)

Cardinal Bernardin’s Legacy Reminds Us: Catholics Can (and Should) Embrace the Modern World (America, 12 November 2021)


Joe Biden, the Bishops, & Vatican II: The Battle over the Brand of U.S. Catholicism (America, 16 June 2021)


“‘The Gift of the People’: A Fresh Look at Our Faithful Citizenship in a Foreboding Moment,” Teilhard de Chardin Lecture, The Joan & Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University Chicago (29 October 2020)


“A De-Escalating Constitutional Alternative to Court-Packing” (The Hill, 5 October 2020)


“After 50 years, theUS bishops’ focus on abortion has done little to change hearts or minds” America (21 November 2019)


“Our Dream Soars Higher: Pope Francis’s Call to ‘Civil and Political Love’ in the Crisis of the Twenty-First Century”  St. Mark’s College, University of British Columbia (7 November 2019)


“Ecclesiology is Political” The Berkley Forum, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (25 September 2019)


“Illinois Has a Budget! Now What?”  Chicago Catholic (6 August 2017)


“Catholicism and the Common Good.”  Chicago Catholic (12 March 2017)


“He encouraged Catholics to seek ‘common ground.”  Catholic New World (13 November 2016)


“A Sacred Calling.”  America (28 March 2016)


“What Pilate Knew.”  America (8 February 2016)


“Cardinal Bernardin and Cardinal George: Common Ground in Action.”  CRUX (23 April 2015)


“Bringing Liturgy to Life.”  America (7 February 2011)