The Pope and the Poor
December 2, 2013

The Pope and the Poor

Challenges of Pope Francis and Catholic Social Thought for American Poverty

Since his election in March of 2013, Pope Francis has repeatedly called attention to the plight of the world's poor and challenged political leaders to address poverty in its economic, political, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. How does Francis' priority for the the poor both draw on and extend Catholic Social Thought? What are its implications for politics and policy in the United States, where issues of poverty are often ignored in the midst of partisan polarization and paralysis?
  • E.J. Dionne Jr., senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, Georgetown University Professor, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and columnist for the Washington Post
  • Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and advisor to President George W. Bush, senior advisor at ONE, and columnist for the Washington Post
  • Bishop Stephen Blaire, bishop of Stockton, California, member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and former president of the California Catholic Conference
  • Kathryn Lopez, editor-at-large of the National Review Online, columnist for the National Catholic Register, and member of the Archdiocese of New York Pro-Life Commission
John Carr moderated the discussion and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick delivered opening remarks.

>> Cardinal McCarrick's remarks