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

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.

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.