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

Gangs, Faith, and Criminal (In)justice: Radical Kinship in a Broken System

Gangs, Faith, and Criminal (In)justice: Radical Kinship in a Broken System

Join Father Greg Boyle, S.J., and Professor Anthony Cook for food and conversation on the relationship between gang rehabilitation, religion, and public policy at this Salt and Light Gathering.

A Dahlgren Dialogue on Sharing the Journey with Immigrants and Refugees

A Dahlgren Dialogue on Sharing the Journey with Immigrants and Refugees

In the context of prayer and reflection, this Dahlgren Dialogue with Cardinal Joseph Tobin explored the religious, moral, and human obligations to “welcome the stranger."

Senators and Representatives Discuss Bipartisan Progress, Common Good

Senators and Representatives Discuss Bipartisan Progress, Common Good

Three leading elected officials shared how they build relationships, practice civility, and promote respect across political and ideological lines. 






Confronting Racism in Our Hearts and in Our Nation

Confronting Racism in Our Hearts and in Our Nation

This Dahlgren Dialogue explored the role of religious faith and pursuit of the common good in resisting racism. 

Moral and Policy Questions on Nuclear Arms and North Korea

Moral and Policy Questions on Nuclear Arms and North Korea

For this Dahlgren Dialogue, experienced leaders analyzed the current crisis, its moral challenges, and the policy implications for citizens and leaders of U.S. and global institutions. 


The Human Life Review: "Consistent Life Ethic Conference: John Carr Gives a Call to Action"

The Human Life Review: "Consistent Life Ethic Conference: John Carr Gives a Call to Action"

John Carr's keynote speech addresses how the Consistent Life Ethic regards life at every stage as deserving. Carr discussed how to build bridges and foster unity.

Catholic News Service: "Amid Polarization, Nation Urged to Reclaim Civility Through Dialogue"

Catholic News Service: "Amid Polarization, Nation Urged to Reclaim Civility Through Dialogue"

Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.


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