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February 3, 2014

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 is the Pope’s articulation and demonstration of Catholic social teaching changing the Church and public life?
On February 3, Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life addressed these questions in a Dialogue with John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe and Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. The panel was moderated by John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

For more information on this event, please contact cathsocialthought@georgetown.edu.

Participants

John Allen

John Allen

John L. Allen Jr. is the senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN; in February 2014 he will move to the Boston Globe as associate editor to explore the launch of a free-standing publication on...
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...
Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat has been an op-ed columnist with the New York Times since April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012)...
Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson is executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. She recently was a part of women leaders who met with Vatican officials on the roles of women in the Church and society. She is a member of the Raskob...