ACU Welcomes Dr Michael Casey as Senior Advisor

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 Feb 2015

Dr Michael Casey joins Australian Catholic University as Senior Advisor, Church Policy

Dr Michael Casey, respected scholar, theologian and author, and for many years Private Secretary to the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell will join the Australian Catholic University as Senior Advisor on Church Policy.

Announcing the appointment today, Vice Chancellor of ACU Professor Greg Craven welcomed Dr Casey to this new role which he said was designed to enhance the interaction of the University with the wider Church and other stakeholders in shared interests in areas such as public policy, social justice, education, human rights and health.

"It is incumbent upon ACU to work with the Church in contributing to quality public policy discussions within the broader Australian context and Dr Casey will ensure we are meeting these needs," Professor Craven says.

Dr Casey's role will also encompass the provision of advice to the University's leadership team on strengthening the relationships with key Catholic stakeholders, the Vice Chancellor added.

In addition to degrees in Arts and Law from Monash University and a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University, Dr Casey is a Permanent Fellow In Sociology and Politics at the Australian Campus of the John Paul Institute for Marriage and the Family.

He is also the author of "Meaningless: the Solution of Nietzsche, Freud and Rorty," which was described by American author and Papal biography, George Wiegel as pungent and compelling, and an important work.

"A world without meaning - a world without windows and doors - is uncomfortable, then stifling, and finally dehumanising. Dissecting the modern academic penchant for declaring our world inherently 'meaningless', Michael Casey points the way toward a truer, nobler humanism," Wiegel wrote.

Professor Greg Craven, Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University

Dr Casey is also well known for his numerous published papers and articles on philosophy and public policy.

A member of the Board of Governors of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Dr Casey has served on numerous bodies within the Church.

In the newly-created role at ACU, Dr Casey will report to Julian Leeser, the University's Director of Government Policy and Strategy and Father Anthony Casamento csma, Director of Identity and Mission.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr Casey to ACU," Professor Craven says.