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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 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

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

In June 2021, U.S. Catholic bishops vigorously debated and then voted to proceed with a document on “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” This discussion and decision have generated considerable conflict, confusion, and controversy, especially related to the question of communion…


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

Owning Slavery, Pursuing Justice, Seeking Reconciliation (Video)

April 29, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes