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
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles will be headlining the Initiative's summit on "Overcoming Polarization through Catholic Social Thought."
Five years ago, a Jesuit from Argentina was elected Pope, chose the name Francis, and began to move the world and challenge the Church with his humble ways and powerful words. What is the “Francis Factor” five years later?
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."
Three leading elected officials shared how they build relationships, practice civility, and promote respect across political and ideological lines.
This Dahlgren Dialogue explored the role of religious faith and pursuit of the common good in resisting racism.
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.
Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.