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 60 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 20,000 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.


Barbara Thorp and other panelists at April 9, 2019 Public Dialogue at Georgetown Law

How Law and Lawyers Help Hide and Uncover the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

The legal dimensions of the clergy sexual abuse crisis have been central and remain critical. Lawyers have played decisive roles in uncovering the reality and scale of the crisis. At the same time, lawyers have used the law to protect institutions rather than vulnerable individuals. Attorneys…


How Law and Lawyers Help Hide and Uncover the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis (Video)

April 9, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

The Dignity of Work: Putting Workers at the Center of a Divided Economy (Video)

March 25, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes

A Path Forward: Conversation and Dialogue on Clerical Sexual Abuse (Video)

March 24, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes