Catholic Social Thought Matters
by Hunter Estes (SFS'19)
The beginning of October marks the beginning of a tradition at Georgetown known as Life Month. This year’s celebration of life kicked off in a rather dramatic way with a speech from his eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl and thoughts and reflections on why life is worth respecting from a preeminent set of panelists. The event was entitled “Lives Worthy of Respect,” and the range of speakers gave powerful personal testimony to why all lives are valuable.
by MyLan Metzger (COL'19)
A very important part of the life of the Catholic Church throughout the world is the mission of Catholic education. When he was Cardinal in Argentina, Pope Francis stated that the education of children and young people is an “inalienable gift that flows from our original creation as children made in the image and likeness of God. And because education truly forms human beings, it is especially the duty and responsibility of the Church, who is called to serve mankind.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote in their Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy, Economic Justice for All, that education is a key part of the “option for the poor” that is upheld in Catholic social teaching. Therefore, Catholic social teaching demands that Catholics think deeply about education and value it highly.