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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 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.


Panelist Christine Emba at "Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Campaign" on May 22, 2019.

Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Campaign

The place of faith and the roles of the faithful in U.S. politics are often misunderstood or neglected; generate confusion and conflict; and create challenges for religious communities and political leaders. The early stages of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign offer both surprising developments…


Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation (Video)

June 14, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes

Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Campaign (Video)

May 22, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes

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

April 9, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes