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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 90 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 215,000 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.


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Whatever Happened to Matthew 25?

In the Gospel description of the Last Judgement, there is really only one question: how do we treat “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). In the midst of an intense battle over federal budget cuts and raising the debt ceiling, the central moral criteria are how the lives and dignity of “the least…


A Dialogue with Cardinal Michael Czerny on the Tenth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis (Video)

March 13, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes

The Francis Factor at Ten Years (Video)

February 28, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

U.S. Catholics and Challenges to Democracy (Video)

February 16, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes