Public Dialogues on Catholic Social Thought

Public Dialogues on Catholic Social Thought

The Initiative hosts regular and substantive 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 twenty Dialogues have drawn more than 12,000 people to hear diverse perspectives on Pope Francis’ leadership, faith and politics, 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.

Events

Emerging Leaders on Polarization in a Broken Church and Nation

December 4, 2018

Where can we find hope and ways forward in tough times? Clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up have caused justified anger and anguish among Catholics, and some are using the suffering of victims to pursue their own ideological agendas. Meanwhile…

Faith and the Faithful in the Midterm Elections

November 19, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections received close analysis from many angles. This unique Dialogue focused on the ways faith communities and their beliefs and values contributed to the outcomes and are helping shape the political and religious direction of…

Confronting a Moral Catastrophe

September 25, 2018

The horrific moral, human, and spiritual costs of clerical sexual abuse are undermining faith and destroying trust in the Catholic Church. The Pennsylvania grand jury report and the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick have exposed grave sexual abuse…

Faith and the Faithful in the Democratic Party

June 18, 2018

The place of faith and the role of the faithful in U.S. politics are often misunderstood and neglected. These religious dimensions generate confusion and conflict, and they are changing and challenging religious communities, political leaders, and…

Faith and the Faithful in the Republican Party

May 14, 2018

The place of faith and the role of the faithful in U.S. politics are often misunderstood and neglected, generate confusion and conflict, and are changing and challenging both religious communities, political leaders, and parties.

This was the second…

Faith and the Faithful in U.S. Politics

March 26, 2018

The place of faith and the roles of the faithful in U.S. politics are often misunderstood and neglected, generate confusion and conflict, and are changing and challenging both religious communities and political leaders and parties.

This first of a…

Confronting Racism in Our Hearts and in Our Nation

November 13, 2017

The events in Charlottesville and the continuing signs of racial injustice in our nation call for a recommitment to confront racism and bigotry. This unique and urgent conversation explored the role of religious faith and pursuit of the common good…

Moral and Policy Questions on Nuclear Arms and North Korea

November 2, 2017

At a time of danger, fear, and confusion, this Public Dialogue examined the moral, human, and policy questions surrounding the conflict with North Korea over nuclear weapons. Experienced leaders analyzed the current crisis, its moral challenges, and…

Refugees and Immigrants

March 20, 2017

Currently, our nation is facing difficult moral, economic, and political choices as we decide how to treat refugees and immigrants. The human and legal dimensions of immigration and refugee policy are important, but they also have a common biblical…

Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump

January 12, 2017

The election of President Trump and a surprising and angry campaign have generated hopes for change for some and fears for what changes will mean for others. This Dialogue, just days before the inauguration, sought to sort out the demands of faith…

Election 2016: What Happened, Why, and What Does It Mean?

November 10, 2016

Two days after the election, this Dialogue explored the outcomes, impact, and broader implications for our nation. What will this election mean for the pursuit of the common good? What will be the priorities of the new administration and Congress…

Left Behind: Working Class Families and Communities

October 25, 2016

This unique Dialogue focused on the economic realities, political impact, and moral dimensions regarding the national neglect of working-class families and communities. This election has demonstrated the anger, resentment, and anxiety of workers who…

Georgetown, Slavery, and Catholic Social Thought

October 12, 2016

Georgetown has been wrestling with its historical participation in slavery and its responsibilities and opportunities to work for racial justice. While there had been several Georgetown discussions, there had not yet been any public examination of…

Faith, Anger, and Trust in Campaign 2016

September 13, 2016

This surprising, sometimes scary, 2016 campaign is being shaped by voter anger, issues of trust, and questions of faith. As the campaign moves into the fall, a distinguished and diverse panel examined how these forces are influencing candidates and…

Resisting the "Throwaway Culture"

April 12, 2016

Violence surrounds us. It begins with the destruction of unborn children and threatens poor families in our nation, those suffering racial injustice, victims of sexual assault, immigrants and refugees across the globe, and people caught in the…

Faith, Francis, and the 2016 Campaign

March 30, 2016

Where does faith fit into the angry and unpredictable politics of 2016? A distinguished panel of analysts and commentators examined the role of faith in the choices of voters, the appeals of candidates and the primaries, caucuses, and general…

Women Taking the Lead: Acting on Pope Francis’ Message

October 22, 2015

Pope Francis sees the Church “as a field hospital after battle.” Three remarkable women lead the “field hospitals” of Catholic Charities, Catholic Health Care, and Catholic Relief Services, three of the largest non-governmental health, human…

Francis Factor Revisited

September 28, 2015

On Sunday evening September 27, Pope Francis left the United States after his historic visit to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. On Monday evening, September 28, the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted a major Dialogue…

It’s the Economy, Synod!

September 9, 2015

The moral and human impacts of economic pressures are too often neglected in current discussions on family life. As Pope Francis comes to address the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and prepares to reconvene the Synod on the Family, most…

Seeking the Common Good in a Time of Polarization

October 16, 2014

Pope Francis’ words and actions have challenged Catholics and others to work together to protect the poor and vulnerable and promote the common good. What are the roles of the Pope, bishops, lay leaders, and Catholic media in applying Catholic Social…

Moral Dilemmas of Partisanship

April 28, 2014

At a time of growing partisan polarization in the United States, what are the moral responsibilities of partisan leaders? How can leaders and advocates reconcile the demands of party loyalty with the requirements of conscience? How does partisanship…

The Pope, Politics, and Policy

February 3, 2014

Pope Francis’ actions and ideas are reshaping public discussion in the United States and around the world. His strong articulation of Catholic social teaching and attention to issues of economic justice and religious freedom are impacting the…

The Pope and the Poor

December 2, 2013

Since his election in March of 2013, Pope Francis has repeatedly called attention to the plight of the world's poor and challenged political leaders to address poverty in its economic, political, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. How does Francis'…

The Francis Factor

October 1, 2013

The first six months of Pope Francis' leadership were marked by interest and excitement among Catholics and many others around the world. How were the simple ways and powerful words of the new pope impacting American public life? The inaugural…