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Public Dialogue Panelists in Gaston Hall

Public Dialogues

The Initiative hosts civil and substantive Public Dialogues on the implications of Catholic social thought in public life and on key domestic and international policy issues involving respected policymakers, journalists, scholars, religious leaders, and other experts. More than 75 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 145,000 people to hear diverse perspectives on faith and politics, Pope Francis’ leadership, poverty and economics, immigration and environment, human life and dignity, terrorism and peace, roles of women in the Church and society, and other global topics.


Young Latina woman receives communion

Catholic Faith, Communion, and Public Life

This dialogue comes two weeks before the United States Catholic bishops will decide on a major statement on the Eucharist and two days after Pope Francis and U.S. President Joe Biden are to meet at the Vatican. The proposed United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement has generated…


Moral Principles, National Priorities, Budget Choices (Video)

September 16, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes

Communion, Catholics, and Public Life: Where Do We Go From Here? (Video)

July 28, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 22 minutes

Voter Participation and the Common Good (Video)

June 21, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes