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December 2, 2013

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?
Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted a public dialogue on these questions, including speakers E.J. Dionne, Michael Gerson, Bishop Stephen Blaire, and Kathryn Lopez. John Carr moderated the discussion and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick delivered opening remarks.

>> Cardinal McCarrick's remarks

Participants

Stephen Blaire

Stephen Blaire

Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire is the bishop of Stockton, California. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1967 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He served there as a parish priest, as principal of Bishop Alemany Catholic High School, and as...
John Carr

John Carr

John Carr is the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. He is also Washington correspondent of America Magazine. During the 2012-2013 academic year he held a residential fellowship at the...
E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a leading scholar and commentator on religion in US politics. A senior fellow in the...
Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Michael J. Gerson has been a senior advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases, since August 2010. He is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the ...
Kathryn Jean Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez is the editor-at-large of the National Review Online, where she has written and edited for more than a decade. Lopez’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Human Life Review, First Things, and Stars...
Theodore McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is archbishop of Washington emeritus, having served from 2001 to 2006. During his tenure as archbishop, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II, served as chancellor of the Catholic University...