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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.


Mark Shields

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Mark Shields

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Mark Shields was defined by his family, Catholic faith, and love of politics. When he died on June 18, 2022, the New York Times described Shields as “a piercing analyst of…


The Consistent Ethic of Life after Dobbs (Video)

July 14, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes

After Buffalo, After Uvalde, After Tulsa (Video)

June 8, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Sister Thea Bowman: Faithful Life, Powerful Legacy, Continuing Lessons (Video)

May 3, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes