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Georgetown’s Catholic Social Thought Initiative to Discuss Pope Francis and American Poverty

November 26, 2013

WHO: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
Bishop Stephen Blaire, Chair, USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
E.J. Dionne, Professor Georgetown Department of Government and the McCourt School of Public Policy; Washington Post Columnist
Michael Gerson, Washington Post Columnist
Kathryn Jean Lopez, Online Editor, the National Review

The conversation will be moderated by:
John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life; Washington Correspondent, America Magazine


Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will host its second public dialogue called “The Pope and the Poor: Challenges of Pope Francis and Catholic Social Thought for American Poverty.”

Since his election last March, 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' priority for the the poor both draw on and extend Catholic Social Thought? What are its implications for politics and policy in the United States, where issues of poverty are often ignored in the midst of partisan polarization and paralysis?
John Carr, director of Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will moderate the discussion and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will deliver opening remarks.

Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life includes both educational and outreach activities, designed to:

  • Promote knowledge and dialogue about Catholic Social Teaching as it relates to pressing economic, social and political issues in the United States and the world.
  • Prepare students, community leaders and public officials for affirmative engagement in public life and advance a principled and consistent vision of Catholic lay leadership in politics and society.
  • Engage religious leaders and public officials outside the Catholic tradition in efforts to promote civil dialogue and collaboration for the common good.

More information is available here:


Monday, December 2 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Gaston Hall (Map)
Third Floor Healy Building
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057


Georgetown University Office of the President

Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Pugh at 202-687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.

Rachel M Pugh


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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