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