Initiative in the News

The Initiative and Director John Carr are important voices in media on the intersection between faith and politics and on Catholic Social Thought and key policy issues. The Initiative’s events and programs are regularly covered and featured by local and national media.

Gathering looks at how to overcome polarization using social teaching
Catholic Philly

June 13, 2018
"100 Catholics representing different perspectives huddled at Georgetown University in Washington."

Recovering Hope: Be More, See More, Believe More
National Review
June 11, 2018
"And it turned out, once you sat down, you realized as you do that many of us have more in common than we would otherwise realize — especially if we have some sacramental bonds in common."

Catholic leaders confront polarization but skirt polarizing issues at Georgetown forum
June 8, 2018
"The organizers—John Carr, who directed the Catholic bishops’ social justice office for decades before launching the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown in 2013, and Kim Daniels, a lawyer who has focused on religious liberty issues and served as a spokeswoman for Cardinal Timothy Dolan—succeeded in bringing together Catholic leaders from across the political and ecclesial spectrums. The idea was to discuss how to heal divisions that have plagued both the church and the country for many decades."

Ending polarization takes getting into rabbit holes
National Catholic Reporter
June 8, 2018
"Earlier this week, I was privileged to attend a three-day conference on how Catholic social teaching could help in overcoming polarization in the Catholic Church. The event brought together 80 or so Catholic leaders, clerical and lay, and was convened by John Carr, director of Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life, and Kim Daniels, who formerly worked as a communications adviser at the U.S. bishops' conference."

Georgetown summit looks to Francis in overcoming polarization
June 7, 2018
“'Though Many One: Overcoming Polarization through Catholic Social Thought,' hosted by the Initiative for Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, served as an attempt to break across current divides within the Church and to take advantage of the momentum of the Francis papacy to positively influence public life."

Panel sees return to respect for institutions as antidote to polarization
Catholic Philly
June 6, 2018
"Catholic social teaching might be an antidote to the coarsening and polarized national political discourse, but first, people will have to return to respect for essential institutions such as the church and the government."

Panel looks at  how Catholic social teaching can address polarization
Catholic News Service
June 5, 2018
"Organizers said the conference was meant to be a starting point to bring about Pope Francis' vision of the church responding to human hurts and social challenges by living out the joy of the Gospel."

Georgetown panel explores healing a polarized America
June 5, 2018
"Georgetown University’s Initiative for Catholic Social Thought and Public Life capped off the first day of its summit on 'Overcoming Polarization' on Monday with a panel discussion headlined by two of the leading figures in the U.S. hierarchy - Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles - and two of the most prominent women in the American Church - Sister Teresa Maya, President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Helen Alvaré, a professor at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School."

One life, one love: Catholic social teaching and the mystery of the human person
June 4, 2018
"And we are made for so much more, we are made to be made divine! The God of all Creation wants to share his blessed life with us! The Son of God became a Son of Man — so that you and I might become sons and daughters of God. This is our dignity and destiny. This is what God dreams for our lives. "

How to get past the polarization in the culture war
Catholic Philly
June 1, 2018
"Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life is sponsoring a remarkable conference in early June called 'Though Many, One: Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought.'"

Roman Catholics and Evangelicals Move Apart in their Political Priorities
National Public Radio
May 25, 2018
"The Rev. Johnnie Moore, an informal spokesman for Trump's evangelical advisers, told a Washington audience recently that he and other evangelicals spoke with Trump about their concerns once a week during the campaign and that those conversations continue in the White House."

Not everything is bad news in public discourse
May 18, 2018
"In addition to our modest efforts at America Media, there are people like John Carr, who leads the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. His team is helping to bridge divides in the capital of our national divisions—not easily done, but they are trying and largely succeeding."

Pollster: Religion can serve as moderating force in politics
Catholic Philly
May 18, 2018
“'The stereotype is that those who attend church are less tolerant, when in fact, we are seeing the opposite,' said Emily Ekins, director of polling at the libertarian Cato Institute, during a May 14 panel about 'Faith and the Faithful in the Republican Party' sponsored by Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Institute of Politics and Public Service."

Georgetown panel debates faith and the Republican Party

National Catholic Reporter
May 16, 2018
“Carr opened the session... by noting that those who believe there is 'no compatibility' between religion and politics were not invited to participate."

Paul Ryan dismissed the House chaplain. Wait, why does Congress even have a chaplain?
The Washington Post
April 28, 2018
“'Chaplains should not make us comfortable. They should challenge us,' Carr said. 'The polarization in political life is being reflected in religious life.'”

Catholic Republicans, Democrats protest Ryan's ouster of House chaplain
April 28, 2018
"He described Conroy as 'truly a man of God,' adding that 'what has been done is absolutely absurd and ridiculous.'”

Firing of House Chaplain Causes Uproar on Capitol Hill
The New York Times
April 27, 2018
"Mr. Ryan moved quietly two weeks ago to remove the chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy — so quietly that some lawmakers assumed the Catholic priest was retiring."

Cupich, Gomez to headline summit on overcoming polarization
April 12, 2018
“'We felt there was an urgent need to bring some Catholic leaders together to build bridges across political, ideological, ethnic and ecclesial lines for civil and substantive dialogue,' he told Crux."

Georgetown gathering seeks to overcome polarization within the Church​
National Catholic Reporter
April 12, 2018
"'This is an attempt in a more focused and strategic way to look at how this unnecessary and unhelpful polarization reduces our ability (as Catholics) to make a difference in a really divided country,' Carr said."

Panel on faith, faithful in politics called needed in 'polarized world'
April 2, 2018
"'The place of faith and the faithful in U.S. politics is so misunderstood and neglected' and that role is changing in both political parties and religious communities, said John Carr."

Panelists grapple with the role of "Faith and the Faithful in U.S. Politics"
Catholic Standard
March 30, 2018
"It is a discussion so needed... in our polarized world."

Reflection on Pope Francis Touts Value of Interfaith Dialogue
The Hoya
February 15, 2018
Georgetown University plays a key role in reflecting on the importance of interfaith dialogue and engaging in conversations across religious identities.

5 years in, Pope praised for outreach, criticized for abuse response 
February 15, 2018
The Initiative's guest speakers reflect on Pope Francis' impact in the Church and world and how he has been received since his election five years ago. 

La Civilitá Cattolica editor describes Pope's 'diplomacy of mercy'
National Catholic Reporter
February 14, 2018
Father Antonio Spadaro shares the Pope's diplomatic efforts.

Cardinal Tobin and Dreamers reflect on their immigrant roots during Feb. 5 Dahlgren Dialogue
Catholic Standard
February 8, 2018
Cardinal Tobin shared his call to action in the context of immigration in this Dahlgren Dialogue. 

At Georgetown, Cardinal Tobin shares journey with immigrants
National Catholic Reporter
February 6, 2018
Cardinal Tobin is a priest known for accompanying migrants to deportation hearings and his commitment to the poor.

Tobin: U.S. bishops should only support clean DACA bill, fears mass deportations
February 6, 2018
Cardinal Joseph Tobin is urging his fellow bishops to hold out for a clean DACA bill.

Bosco: The Jesuit Case for 'Dreamers'
The Hoya
February 5, 2018
Our Jesuit and Catholic values shape how we care for immigrants, whatever their legal status.

'Has America lost its moral center?' asks Fordham Panel 
National Catholic Reporter
December 5, 2017
NCR reported on a conversation in which Director John Carr was a panelist.

Imperfect Union: Has America Lost its Moral Center
Fordham University Libraries
November 29, 2017
A video of the panel discussion at which Director John Carr was an invited guest speaker can be watched here.

Catholic Communities Must Foster Bipartisan Cooperation, Panel Says
The Hoya
November 27, 2017
The discussion had during the Initiative's event as part of the John Courtney Murray conference is explained here.

Focus on hope, love while fighting racism, urge speakers at Georgetown
The Catholic Sun
November 21, 2017
The major idea behind the Catholic Social Thought panel on fighting racism is to have hope and love while fighting racism.

During Georgetown panel, leaders urge focus on hope and love while fighting racism
Catholic Standard
November 17, 2017
This article covers the Initiative's event that attracted many to discuss the fight against racism.

Bishop McElroy decries extremism on religious freedom, calls for solidarity in American politics
National Catholic Reporter
November 16, 2017
This is an article on Bishop McElroy's message on the need for solidarity in American politics.

Georgetown panel promotes John Courtney Murray's legacy of pluralism, religious freedom
November 20, 2017
The panel discussion reflected on the legacy of John Courtney Murray.

Rep. John Lewis: "Past few months have been hell on wheels"
People's World
November 15, 2017
The Initiative's event was mentioned in the context of Rep. John Lewis' broader agenda.

Racism in America
November 13, 2017
The Confronting Racism event was recorded by C-SPAN. The event can be watched here.

Confronting Racism Includes Having Hope and Faith, Says U.S. Rep John Lewis
Georgetown University
November 14, 2017
This University published article highlights the inspiration gained and lessons learned from the Initiative's speakers at the Confronting Racism event featuring U.S. Rep John Lewis.

North Korea Threats Must Be Countered With Negotiation, Former Secretary of Defense Says
The Hoya
November 6, 2017
"Negotiation, rather than a military solution, is vital to achieving positive, sustainable peace with North Korea."

Georgetown event examines questions surrounding nuclear arms, North Korea
National Catholic Reporter
November 8, 2017
This is another example of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought's practical conversations on issues that face modernity.

Forum encourages dialogue to help reduce North Korea tensions
November 3, 2017
Panelists have a conversation on how to reduce tensions in the delicate situation of the nuclear crisis.

There's time to talk and reduce 'hair trigger' North Korea tensions
Catholic Philly
November 3, 2017
"Dialogue is the way to reduce tensions in the 'hair trigger' nuclear crisis between the United States and North Korea, agreed all three panelists Nov. 2 at a Georgetown University forum on the issue."

True dialogue respects deeply held beliefs of others, say speakers
October 17, 2017
Initiative Director John Carr moderated a discussion with the Papal Nuncio and Father Carrón that focused on the life and contribution of the Catholic Church in the time of Pope Francis.

Post-Bannon, do Catholics have sway in the Trump White House?
August 25, 2017
High profile appointments by the Trump administration include several Catholics who have since had highly publicized departures.

Consistent Life Ethic Conference: John Carr Gives a Call to Action
Life Review
August 9, 2017
John Carr's keynote speech addresses how the Consistent Life Ethic regards life at every stage as deserving.

Elizabeth Warren's Inconsistent Life Ethic
National Review
July 18, 2017
Warren values choice to the point of neglecting the lives of many who can't speak for themselves.​

Bishops: Senate Health Care Bill Remain Unacceptable
July 13, 2017
Even after revisions, the Senate health care bill is still "unacceptable" in the view of Catholic bishops because of its failure to ensure that the poor and vulnerable populations continue to have access to medical care.​

Amid Polarization, Nation Urged to Reclaim Civility Through Dialogue
Catholic News Service
July 12, 2017
Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.

Senators: Did You Come to Washington to Take Health Care from the Sick and Food from the Hungry?
July 10, 2017
As Congress returns and as leaders of the Senate and House continue their desperate search for ways to pass their health and budget proposals, I have one simple question for those whose votes will decide these matters.

Campuses Cannot Be 'Echo Chambers' for One Viewpoint, Say Observers
Boston Pilot
​July 10, 2017
In the wake of several violent incidents involving controversial speakers at universities this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing June 20 on free speech on college campuses. 

John Carr: Pope Critics Too Often 'Stuck in their Own Heads'
July 4, 2017
While he was working for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, veteran policy adviser John Carr had the idea of gathering leaders of the Catholic pro-life camp with those working on social justice, in hopes they'd realize how much they have in common. 

Why Aren't U.S. Bishops More Vocal on Climate?
June 15, 2017
Cardinal Peter Turkson stopped off in New York last week to address an environmental conference at the United Nations, where once again he put forward ideas in Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si'.​

Catholic Social Thought Leaders Join Dicastery to Promote Human Dignity
Catholic News Service
June 13, 2017
Cadinal Peter Turkson and Archbishop Silvano Tomasi spent three days in Washington with 40 leaders of academic centers and institutes, hearing about their work, their role in the church and their desires for greater collaboration.​

Cardinal Turkson: Put Your Faith Before Your Nationality
Catholic News Agency
June 2, 2017
Vatican experts on human development and social issues challenged Catholics around the world this week to respond with openness and a willingness to confront global issues in a truly Catholic manner.

Trumps Decision to Abandon Paris Climate Pact Called 'Deeply Troubling'
Catholic News Service
June 1, 2017
A day before Trump announced the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. form the climate accord, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, told reporters in Washington that "the decision to possibly pull out for us is something we hoped would not have happened."

Alvernia University Graduates About 500 Students
Reading Eagle
May 14, 2017
John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, was awarded an honorary degree before offering remarks to the graduating class.

Pulpit Politics: Will Trump's Plan for Religious Freedom Make Churches the Next SuperPACs?
April 12, 2017
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump told those gathered that he supported the “right to worship according to our own beliefs.”

'Be the Soul' of the US, Pope's Representative Tells Catholics
Catholic News Agency
March 31, 2017
Pope Francis’ representative to the U.S. said that Catholics must be “be the soul of this country” in an Initiative panel discussion this week.

Panel Discusses Pope's Message to U.S. Leaders During Francis Factor Series
Georgetown University
March 30, 2017
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life welcomed the Georgetown and greater Washington, D.C. Catholic communities for a March 27 panel discussion on Pope Francis’ message to leaders of the United States and members of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis Places Priority on Evangelization
Catholic Herald
March 29, 2017
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, addressed more than 300 people at Georgetown University March 27 about the first four years of Pope Francis’ papacy.

Pay Close Attention to Pope's Words and Actions, Papal Nuncio Says
Catholic News Service
March 28, 2017
The nuncio, who sat onstage with John Carr, the Initiative's director, was asked about the pope's key issues and his impact in the four years since his election.

Pope's Ambassador : Pope Francis is 'Not a Politician'
The Hill
March 27, 2017

Pope Francis’s ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, defined the papal message as above politics, commented on the pope’s hopes for U.S. immigration policymakers and questioned partisanship in American government on Monday.

Georgetown Student Tells Panel, 'I'm Undocumented and Unafraid'
March 26, 2017
During a panel on immigration and refugees at Georgetown University, a 20-year-old undocumented student from Mexico explained that he faces the issue “day to day, hour to hour… I can’t live my daily life without thinking about immigration," yet despite that he remains "unafraid" and wants to become a teacher to give back.​

Immigration Fears Move Denver Bishop to Set Public Meetings
The Gazette
March 24, 2017
Bishop Jorge Rodriguez hopes to offer information and encouragement for Hispanic communities in their anxious times awaiting President Trump's next move on immigration.Rodriguez, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, will hold discussions in Aurora, Denver and Greeley next week with the consuls general of Mexico, Guatemala and Peru.​

Georgetown Panel Discusses Complexities, Humanity within Immigration Debate
National Catholic Reporter
March 24, 2017
A panel at Georgetown hosted by the Initiative discussed the complexities of 'welcoming the stranger.'​

'Welcoming the Stranger' Panel Focuses on Refugees
The Hoya
March 24, 2017
In response to President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, the Catholic Church should welcome refugees and immigrants, according to a panel of speakers Monday evening in Gaston Hall.

Initiative Urges Using Faith to Fight Cynicism in Washington
March 22, 2017
Crux contributor Charles Camosy spoke with Initiative Director John Carr about how the Church should work for social justice.​

At 50, "Populorum Progressio' Takes on New Life Through Pope Francis
The Record
March 21, 2017
While 50 years have passed and the political discussion has shifted to new issues, the message of “Populorum Progressio” has been resurrected in a 21st-century pope and remains as important today as it was in 1967, social policy experts told Catholic News Service as the encyclical’s golden anniversary approached.

Panelists at Georgetown Examine Catholic Response to Refugee, Immigrant Crisis
Georgetown University
March 21, 2017
Panelists at an event sponsored by Georgetown’s Catholic Social Thought and Public Life Initiative yesterday evoked the teachings of Jesus in discussing how to respond to the current refugee and immigrant crisis.

Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life Tackles "A Truly Pro-Life Politics"
February 2, 2017
Initiative director John Carr moderated a panel discussion at the Cardinal O'Connor Conference last week​ that focused on "working towards a truly pro-life politics."

Some of the U.S.'s Most Important Catholic Leaders are Condemning Trump's Travel Ban
Washington Post
January 30, 2017
President Trump, who won the majority of Catholic votes, is facing fierce opposition from Catholic bishops and nonprofit leaders who are issuing strongly worded statements condemning his executive order on refugees.

You've Won Battles in Congress? Don't Lost the War, Pro-Life Leaders Warn
Catholic News Agency
January 30, 2017
At the 18th annual Cardinal O'Connor Conference ​on Life at Georgetown University, the panel, moderated by Initiative Director John Carr, urged listeners to keep up the fight towards a truly pro-life society. 

Pope Francis: Donald Trump of the Left
January 24, 2017
Although both Donald Trump and Pope Francis garnered significant followers through their populist campaigns and widespread use of Twitter, their agendas seem to occupy opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Panelists Advocate Role for Catholic Social Values in Trump Presidency
The Hoya
January 18, 2017
The Initiative hosted an event during the week before Trump's inauguration in which various government and religious leaders emphasized the need for issues of Catholic Social Thought to play a prominent role in the policies of the new administration.

Panel to Trump: To 'Make America Great Again" Remember the Poor
January 15, 2017
"During a Panel at Georgetown University, John Carr, Sister Simone Campbell and Rep. Francis Rooney reflected on the 'faithful priorities' in a time of president-elect Donald Trump. 'We the people of the United States, all of us, can solve problems if we work together,' Campbell said."

Trump's Rise and GOP Economics May Shift Catholic Church's Priorities
Religion News Service
​January 13, 2017
Prominent Catholic leaders came together at the Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work conference at the Catholic University of America last week to discuss the future of America and Catholic Social Teaching.

Catholic Panel Addresses Need to Find Common Ground with Trump Administration
Catholic News Service
January 13, 2017
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted an event featuring a panel of leaders to discuss President-elect Trump and finding ways to work for the common good.

Event Highlights Importance of Pope Francis' Church Leadership
The Hoya
December 20, 2016
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted a discussion with Mark Shriver on his new book, "Pilgrimage: my Search for the Real Pope Francis."​

The Cardinal Trying to Save Chicago
The Atlantic
November 21, 2016
​Blase Cupich, who has been called America's Pope Francis, has just been given a powerful new position in Rome. A major focus of the Cardinal's work remains on his own city of Chicago and his efforts towards non-violence.

Archbishop Blase Cupich's Influence to Grow with Elevation to Cardinal
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2016
Archbishop Blase Cupich's down-to-earth approach and his elevation to Cardinal by Pope Francis position him to expand his influence.

US Cardinal Sees Challenging 4 Years with Trump on Refugees
Associated Press
November 17, 2016
US Cardinal Tobin reflects on the future of immigration policy in American in the wake of the recent presidential election.

Trump Victory Shocks Campus, D.C.
The Hoya
November 11, 2016
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and GU Politics hosted a panel Thursday night in Gaston Hall examining the results of the election, as the Georgetown community reacts to the situation.

Trump Victory Whipsaws Elites, Raises Hopes of the Voiceless
National Catholic Register
November 11, 201
Amid the shocking election results, commentators offered their insights. “There are only a few institutions in American life that can build bridges across racial, ethical, political and ethnic lines, and the Catholic Church has the responsibility to pursue the common good in a divided and polarized society,” agreed John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.

Political Commentators Weigh in on Faith and 2016 Election
Georgetown University
November 11, 2016
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life  hosted an Dialogue titled  “Election 2016: What Happened, Why, and What Does It Mean?” along with the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Institute of Politics and Public Service

Georgetown Panel Comes to Grips with Trump Triumph
November 11, 2016
What lies behind the most shocking election in a generation? The causes and consequences of Tuesday's seismic ballot were picked over by two journalists and two columnists at a Georgetown University gathering two days later. 

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (Video)
November 11, 2016
A panel of experts on faith and politics gathered at Georgetown University this week to discuss the presidential election in light of Catholic social thought. 

Agencies Expect Positive Engagement with Congress, Trump Postelection
Catholic Philly
November 9, 2016
​Following the unexpected outcome of the election, Catholic leaders discuss the need for people to come together after the polarizing election to prioritize the needs of the unemployed, the poor, and the unborn. Initiative director John Carr spoke with Catholic Philly highlighting, "Politics is where decisions about life and death and war and peace are made. The church needs to be principled but not ideological. We can't give in on respect for life or having a priority for the poor. But we can work with those who are willing to work with us to advance those principles."

Voting with a Clothes Peg
Times of Malta
October 30, 2016
The Catholic vote is a vital and highly influential component in deciding who will be president. This election, Catholic ideals, seemingly more so than ever before, do not fit neatly into the policies of either candidate. 

Anger Driving 2016 Reveals Lack of Solidarity with the Poor, Panel Says​
October 28, 2016
The angst, anger and fear fueling struggling working class Americans in the 2016 campaign reveals a breakdown in solidarity with the poor, according to a panel hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

Trump vs. Clinton: What's a Catholic to Do?
October 27, 2016
This election is challenging for many Americans, regardless of their faith. But for Catholics, who now make up more than one-fifth of the U.S. population, it poses fundamental questions about the intersection of their religious and political lives. 

A Christian Conservative Backlash Against Trump Seems to be Building
The Boston Globe
October 17, 2016
As election day quickly approaches and voters are faced with having to solidify their choice, Catholics still struggle to determine which candidate is the lesser of two evils. Initiative director John Carr states, "If you think the unborn ought to be protected and the undocumented ought to be welcomed, it's not obvious where you ought to go."

Georgetown Panel Grapples with Ugly Legacy of Slaveholding
October 17, 2016
On October 12, the Initiative hosted an event to contribute to the ongoing discussion of the University's 1838 sale of 272 slaves in order to help finance debt. John Carr, who moderated the conversation, offered the idea that we can and should use our Catholic identity to shape a unique response to the institution's past grounded in faith and reconciliation.

Chicago's New Cardinal Embodies The Pope Francis Idea of a Bishop
October 14, 2016
John Carr, Director of the Initiative, commented on the promotion of Bishop Cupich of Chicago to Cardinal and his alignment with the teachings of Pope Francis. Carr noted to Crux, "He shares the Holy Father's mission, message and priorities. From the first day I met him, he was smart and informed...This is a great pastor, a leader who listens and learns."

Panelists Advocate for Continued Discussion on 272
The Hoya
October 14, 2016
A panel of speakers that included members of Georgetown's Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation continued the dialogue on Georgetown's past relationship with slavery in light of Catholic Social Teaching. Director of the Initiative John Carr reflected, "Great evil was done, but great good can come from that because of who we are, what we believe, and how we act."

Georgetown Invites Student and Public Engagement in the 2016 Election
Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities
October 12, 2016
A impressive panel of speakers addressed the issue of anger in the upcoming election at an event hosted by the Initiative. Director John Carr prompted the dialogue by proposing the idea, "In some ways, anger has been more powerful [throughout] this election than money." Panelists discussed the unprecedented voter dissatisfaction with this election's candidates in addition to the untraditional influence that religion has had on voters' decisions this cycle.

Chicago Archbishop Cupich to be Elevated to Rank of Cardinal
Chicago Tribune
October 11, 2016
Initiative director John Carr weighs in on Archbishop Cupich of Chicago's elevation to cardinal stating, "Pope Francis has a practice of going to the peripheries, as he calls them. Chicago is many things, but not a periphery. He was looking for someone who shares in mission, his message, and his practices. [Cupich is] a pastor who listens, learns, and leads."

Focus on Divine Mercy Would Make for Better Politics
October 7, 2016
Kathryn Jean Lopez, Crux journalist and a panelist for the Initiative's Salt and Light event "Religious Values and Voters: Are Millennials Divided?", reflects on the devastating grip that abortion has on our nation and the central role that mercy should have in politics.

The Conflicted Catholicism of Tim Kaine
Religion and Politics
October 4, 2016
Regarding the faith and policies of Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, Initiative director John Carr notes in discussion with Religion & Politics, "He is the real deal, he is genuine. [His faith] is very much a part of who he is, what he believes, and what he brings to public office." Carr also shares his insights after meeting with Kaine following the Pope's visit to the United States last fall.

What We Learned and Didn't Learn in Last Night's Debate
September 27, 2016
Initiative Director and America columnist John Carr reflects on the first presidential debate, noting that the poor and vulnerable were missing in Lester Holt's questions and in the candidates' priorities and policies. It has only been a year since Pope Francis left the United States with his call to protect the "least of these," but it seems like his message—and Americans' priorities—were missing at the debate.

Why Donald Trump Is Losing Catholic Voters
Religion and Politics
September 20, 2016
Initiative director John Carr's interview with NPR helps to illuminate how faithful Catholics face difficult choices in American politics. Neither major-party presidential candidate is a clear-cut choice for voters—both oppose parts of the Church’s social teaching—but Trump appears to be driving Catholics toward Hillary Clinton.

Georgetown Panel Analyzes Anger within 2016 Presidential Election
National Catholic Reporter
September 16, 2016
Political commentators and pundits seem to strain the most this election season when trying to describe just how different this presidential campaign is while simultaneously maintaining a sober impartiality amid striking polls, outlandish tweets, unprovable assertions and obsession over candidates' health.

Panelists at Georgetown University Discuss Anger in Election
The Hoya
September 16, 2016
Less than two months before the presidential election, anger continues to brew among the American electorate partially due to the lack of honesty from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to a panel sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

Reflecting on the Electoral Discontent
El Pregonero
September 15, 2016
The current electoral campaign has fueled anger and distrust among voters. A recent panel hosted by Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life addressed the source of this discontent.

Anger and Resignation in 2016 Campaign
September 15, 2016
At a recent Georgetown University panel on the 2016 election, Emma Green, a senior associate editor for the Atlantic, said the dominant mood among voters is resignation. "There's a large percentage of the electorate who are not angry, but resigned" to having to choose between the two candidates," she said.

Faith, Anger, and Trust in 2016 Campaign
Catholic Philly
September 15, 2016
A panel hosted by Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life discussed how underlying anger and deep-seated distrust of government are at the root of one of the most tumultuous presidential campaigns in memory.

Church-Going Catholics Reject Trump, Expected to Support Clinton
September 1, 2016
Renee Montagne talks to John Carr, head of Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, about why Catholic voters seem to prefer Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. 

As welfare reform turns 20, Catholics discuss its legacy
Catholic News Agency
August 24, 2016
John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, told Catholic News Service that welfare reform "works less well for those at the very bottom, who have the most problems, obstacles, in their path to the workforce, and for children in those situations.”

Inside Donald Trump's Catholic Problem
National Journal
August 2, 2016
Ex­perts on Amer­ic­an Cath­ol­ics, including Initiative director John Carr, explained to the National Journal why Demo­crats have an op­por­tun­ity to at­tract re­li­gious Cath­ol­ic voters in the 2016 election in a way they have not for dec­ades.

Catholic immigrant advocates ask, 'Where's the horror?'
July 2, 2016
Catholic advocates say the recent Supreme Court ruling on immigration, while it caused great disappointment, also has spurred them to work harder to reform the country’s immigration system and to push for better understanding of immigrants.

Paul Ryan seeks to change how we talk and what we do about poverty
Dallas Star-Telegram
June 23, 2016
In 2014, after Ryan began softening his rhetoric about how best to fight poverty, John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, told The Washington Post that Ryan’s experiences appear to have made him “less partisan and more knowledgeable.”

Blueprint of Catholic response to Orlando: Pray, act, show solidarity
Catholic News Service
June 23, 2016
Jordan Denari Duffner, a research fellow at Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative spoke on a panel at "Faith, Hope and Courage in a Time of Fear," sponsored by Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, on the ways Catholics have a great opportunity during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and in the middle of the Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, to come together even if just in conversation.

What Catholic leaders are saying about Paul Ryan's poverty plan
Catholic News Service
June 11, 2016
“It is time for a major national discussion on the moral challenge of overcoming poverty in the richest nation on earth,” John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, told Catholic News Agency. “I think Speaker Ryan’s proposal is a contribution to that, and I hope it will encourage others to offer their own plans and priorities.”

Biden Gets Pope's Support for Cancer 'Moonshot'
Roll Call
April 29, 2016
Pope Francis is perhaps the most globally influential foot soldier in the Obama administration’s war on cancer. But there are reasons to wonder whether the divine intervention Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. secured Friday will bring drug makers and fiscal conservatives to the fight.

Georgetown panel discusses how ‘throwaway culture’ threatens life
Catholic Standard
April 26, 2016
Georgetown University hosted a recent panel discussion on “Resisting the ‘Throwaway Culture:’ Protecting Human Life and Dignity.” John Carr, director of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, welcomed scholars on pro-life, immigration, and refugee issues.

Ten No-Brainer Ideas to End Poverty
US Catholic
April 19, 2016
Ten inspirational Catholic leaders, including John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, were asked to offer their opinion of the single most important wayto address the issue of poverty in our world.

Panel Ignites Abortion and Immigration Dialogue
The Hoya
April 15, 2016
Immigration and anti-abortion activists advocated for the increased need to protect migrants, the unborn, and other vulnerable individuals in the face of a prevailing “throwaway culture” at a discussion sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

Panelists Discuss Today's 'Throwaway Culture' at Georgetown
Catholic News Service
April 14, 2016
The scheduled April 20 appearance at Georgetown University by Cecile Richards, head of the Planned Parenthood Federation, has spawned a series of protests and broader campus debate on balancing the Catholic identity in the context of intellectual inquiry.

Soul Searching--Navigating Georgetown’s Catholic Identity
The Georgetown Voice
April 9, 2016
The debates surrounding support for controversial events address how to balance the function of a university with the values of Catholicism. John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, sees the commitment to pluralism as a central part of the university’s Catholic identity.

News Nightly (Video)
April 6, 2016
Lauren Ashburn breaks down the Wisconsin primary results and speaks with Georgetown University’s John Carr about the candidates’ behavior. In addition, Jason Calvi reports on the role religion is playing on the campaign trail.

Faith, Francis, and the 2016 Campaign
April 4, 2016

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted an event on Pope Francis, faith, and the 2016 campaign. The panel featured: Lauren Ashburn, E.J. Dionne, Jr., Emma Green​, Gregory Smith, and Michael Sean Winters.

Journalists Discuss Catholicism and Presidential Campaign
The Hoya
April 1, 2016

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life sponsored a dialogue entitled “Faith, Francis, and the 2016 Campaign” that included journalists, magazine editors, authors, television correspondents, and policy researchers.

Líderes católicos reflexionan sobre las propuestas de cambio (in Spanish)
El Pregonero
March 10, 2016
La Iniciativa de Catholic Social Thought and Public Life de la Universidad de Georgetown presentó un evento sobre el efecto que tuvieron las recientes visitas del Papa Francisco a varios países latinoamericanos en el liderazgo católico hispano en los Estados Unidos.

Political Money and Movements in a Crazy Campaign
March 1, 2016
The 2016 campaign is crazy…and scary. As February ends, Republican candidates insult each other, an independent senator wins his first election as a Democrat in the New Hampshire primary, and the former first lady is under F.B.I. investigation.

Watch Bernie Sanders Call Pope Francis a Socialist
The Washington Post
February 22, 2016
In light of Pope Francis’ recent comments on the U.S. presidential election, the
Washington Post released an exclusive interview with Bernie Sanders from September in which Sanders called Pope Francis a “socialist” because of his condemnation of the infatuation with wealth in our world.

In Pope Francis Era, U.S. Candidates Face New Moral Questions
Associated Press
February 20, 2016

Pope Francis, who has repeatedly placed a greater emphasis on helping the vulnerable than on divisive social issues, put GOP presidential candidates on the defensive by questioning how their immigration policies fit their faith.

Creencias religiosas y procesos electorales (in Spanish)
El Pregonero 
February 4, 2016
La Iniciativa de Catholic Social Thought and Public Life de la Universidad de Georgetown presentó un evento sobre las noticias religiosas y políticas. Kirsten Powers de USA Today Fox News, Luke Russert de NBC, y Elizabeth Dias de la revista Time participaron en la discusión.

Immigration Opposition - My Country, ‘tis of me, but no room for thee
Catholic Philly 
December 18, 2015
As the current anti-immigration movement intensifies, a historical investigation reveals it is certainly not the first time Americans have opposed immigrant influxes. Germans, Italians, Poles, Catholics, Jews, and Mexicans, among others, have all been subject of hatred, fear, and harassment.