About the Initiative

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life is a unique effort to promote dialogue on Catholic Social Thought and national and global issues, build bridges across political, religious, and ideological lines, and encourage a new generation of Catholic lay leaders to see their faith as assets in pursuing the common good.

Events and News

Panelists of January 15, 2019 Dahlgren Dialogue on pro-life women and resisting the throwaway culture.

Stand for Life, All Life, Every Life: Resisting the Throwaway Culture

Abortion remains one of the most contested issues in American life. The experiences and voices of pro-life women are too often ignored because they challenge our stereotypes and preconceptions. This timely Dahlgren Dialogue featured women leaders…

Panelists speak at the Dialogue on Emerging Leaders on Polarization in a Broken Church and Nation.

Emerging Leaders on Polarization in a Broken Church and Nation

This conversation asked whether and how Catholics, despite the failings of our Church, can help overcome destructive polarization to bring those who are poor and vulnerable to the center of our politics, and to move forward together to pursue the…

Panelist Robert Costa speaks with panelist Elizabeth Dias in the background

Faith and the Faithful in the Midterm Elections

This unique Dialogue focused on the ways faith communities and their beliefs and values contributed to the outcomes and are helping shape the political and religious direction of our nation.

Panelists speak in Dahlgren Chapel

Dahlgren Dialogue: A Path Forward on Clerical Sexual Abuse

Please join us for an evening of prayer, reflection, and respectful dialogue on what has been done and must now be done to protect the vulnerable, hold leaders accountable, and begin to reform, renew, and heal the church.

Most Rev. Bishop Dorsonville addresses the crowd at the Latino Leaders event.

Courageous Faith: Archbishop Óscar Romero, Saint and Leader

As part of their Latino Leaders Program, Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Archdiocese of Washington invited Latino leaders under 40 to come together to learn about this new saint.

Storm at the Vatican

Confronting a Moral Catastrophe

In this conversation on lay leadership, Catholic principles, and the sexual abuse crisis, panelists assessed the damage and discussed accountability, reform, and renewal.

Man speaking at the Salt and Light Gathering

Young Catholic Professionals Discuss Scandal, Pope Francis, and the Synod

As the inaugural event of this year’s Salt and Light Gatherings, Georgetown University invited young Catholic professionals to a discussion on the clerical sexual abuse scandal and responses to it.

Panelist Justin Giboney speaks during the event

Faith and the Faithful in the Democratic Party

Justin Giboney, Maria Teresa Kumar, Cecil Roberts, and Michael Wear provided an analysis of faith in the Democratic Party. 

Emily Ekins speaking during the panel discussion on the role of religion in the Republican Party

Faith and the Faithful in the Republican Party

The second in a series of three roundtables on “Faith and the Faithful in U.S. Politics” focused on the role of religious voters and communities within the Republican Party.