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Georgetown Initiative to Discuss Implications of Pope Francis and Catholic Social Thought for American Public Life

January 30, 2014

John Allen, Associate Editor of the Boston Globe; Vatican Analyst for CNN and NPR
Ross Douthat, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
Kerry Robinson, Executive Director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
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 third public dialogue called, “The Pope, Politics and Policy: The Continuing Impact of the ‘Francis Factor’ and Catholic Social Thought on Public Life.”
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 national and international debate. How relevant is Pope Francis’ moral and global vision to American politics? Will it impact policies and priorities around the globe? How is the Pope's public diplomacy affecting Christians and others denied religious liberty and other basic human rights? How are the Popes words and actions changing the Church and public life?
These questions will be addressed in a panel moderated by John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

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, February 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 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 should 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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